The Epigraph won multiple honors at the annual West Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.
The paper won two first place plaques.
Editor Mark K. Campbell won in Editorials for two pieces – one on a social media blow up and the other for reflections when a Satanic billboard came to town.
Judges said, “A great job with local issues and voicing frustration with things outside of our control.”
The Epigraph’s other plaque was for General Excellence – an award that examines all facets of the paper – and judges noted: “Great paper, well-written and reader-friendly.”
In elite categories, reporter Christina Derr was the runner-up in the Journalist of the Year race, and Campbell finished second in the Photographer of the Year competition.
Derr’s work was lauded as “well-reported, showing great enterprise, and nice detail.”
Campbell’s entry contained “several quality photos.”
Derr finished third in Column Writing (“strong”) and News Writing (“good variety” and “handled difficult story well”).
She also finished with an Honorable Mention in Feature Writing.
The Epigraph took third with its Chamber Special Section.
Campbell’s entries in Photography finished fourth and Sports Coverage was claimed Honorable Mention.
It was a strong showing overall, Campbell noted.
“Judges liked a lot of what we did and when you get positive reactions and feedback from your peers, that’s a great thing,” he said.
The awards were passed out at the WTPA’s July 21 gathering at Cloudcroft, New Mexico and collected by Epigraph publisher Kim Ware.