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From Enterprise Staff
The Polk County Enterprise was one of several Polk County Publishing Company-owned newspapers that received recognition in the 2023 Better Newspaper Contest during the 143rd annual Texas Press Association Convention and Trade Show held June 1-3 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Round Rock. This year 99 newspapers submitted 920 entries. Competitions were divided into divisions in which newspapers competed against publications of similar circulation.
Polk County Enterprise Editor Emily Banks Wooten, Tony Farkas, editor of the Trinity County News-Standard and the San Jacinto News-Times, and Chris Edwards, editor of the Tyler County Booster, attended the convention and trade show, participating in numerous informative sessions on current industry topicsa.
The Polk County Enterprise earned third place honors for column writing and fourth place honors for editorial writing and advertising.
The third place for column writing was for two columns written by Wooten on her weekly “Bite by Bite” food/travel page. One was “The history of southern cuisine” that ran in the Feb. 6, 2022 issue about a visit to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans. The other was “In memory of Grace’s grace” that ran in the May 1, 2022 issue and was about the void in the community following the death of Grace Luna.
“Fun, warmhearted tone and compelling writing. A couple minor grammatical issues,” the judges commented.
The fourth place for editorial writing was for two editorials also written by Wooten. One, in the May 29, 2022 issue, was called “I’m tired of children dying,” and the other, in the Dec. 29, 2022 issue, was called “Personal growth starts with practicing gratitude.”
“More columns than editorials. Well written, impactful. Long, but narrative style engages and stories lead to a point,” the judges commented.
The fourth place award for display advertising was for three advertisements designed and built by Graphic Design Editor Amy Holzworth and Print Shop Manager Jessica Corwin. One was an advertisement for Livingston Trade Days that ran in the March 17, 2022 issue. Another was an advertisement for First State Bank that ran in the Aug. 7, 2022 Heritage Section. The final one was an advertisement for El Trompo that ran in the Nov. 20, 2022 Best of Polk County Section.
“Great work, nice layout and pleasing design,” the judges commented.
Other newspapers owned by Polk County Publishing Company that placed in the contest were the Tyler County Booster, the San Jacinto News-Times and the Trinity County News-Standard.
The Tyler County Booster won second place for feature photography, fourth place for general excellence and fourth place for news writing.
The San Jacinto News-Times won first place for general excellence, second place for feature writing, second place for headline writing and fourth place for column writing.
The Trinity County News-Standard won fourth place for news writing and fourth place for sports photography.
Three individuals were inducted into the Texas Newspaper Foundation’s Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame for exemplary service to their communities and to the Texas newspaper industry. These included: Larry C. Jackson of the Fayette County Record; Suzanne Bardwell of the Gladewater Mirror (posthumously); and Dave Campbell of the Waco Tribune-Herald (posthumously).
Four people were honored with TPA’s Golden 50 Award which honors men and women who have displayed exemplary service and selfless contributions to journalism for 50 or more years. Those four are Donnis Baggett of the Texas Press Association; Bud Kennedy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Jim Bardwell of the Gladewater Mirror; and Mary Henkel Judson of the Port Aransas South Jetty. (See related story this page.)
Next year’s convention and trade show is slated for June 20-22 at the Hilton College Station Convention Center.