The Sulphur Springs News-Telegram's online presence mySSnews.com and News-Telegram Arts Editor Terry Mathews were cited for excellence in journalism last weekend at the 2009 Texas Associated Press Managing Editor's convention in Austin.
Competing in the Class A division, mySSnews.com won second place for Online Newspapers during the awards presentations Sunday morning. The Plainview Daily Herald's online product myplainview.com won first place for Class A.
Mathews won two honorable mention awards at the convention, one in Feature Series for her 50-week continuing series on past Dairy Festival winners and one in the Comment and Criticism category for her Nothing to Write Home About book reviews.
"We are so thrilled and excited for Terry and the mySSnews.com team for the recognition they received at the Texas APME meeting," said News-Telegram Publisher Scott Keys. "They were up against very stiff competition from newspapers across the state and to get this recognition just highlights their outstanding work here in Sulphur Springs."
Representatives from mySSnews.com, which was launched in December, were asked to speak at the convention about creating successful and innovative newspaper websites and will also be featured speakers at next weekend's Arkansas APME meeting.
The city of Sulphur Springs was also well represented by 1989 graduate J.B. Smith, who has worked for the Waco Tribune-Herald since 1997. He won Star Investigative Reporter of the Year.
Smith, the son of Hank and Sarah Smith, also received the award for Best Blog and won second place for Community Service in Class AAA.
The Texas APME awards, along with the Texas Press Association awards which are announced in June, are the top honors presented to newspapers across the state each year.
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