Arts editor Terry Mathews and staff photographer Luis Noble received several awards from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors competition, held in San Antonio last weekend.
"We are so excited that both Terry and Luis have once again received this wonderful recognition from their peers," News-Telegram Publisher Scott Keys said. "Both work so hard to bring interesting and different takes on the world to our readers and it is incredibly rewarding when their work gets the notice that it deserves. From their in-print photos and articles to their online contributions, Terry and Luis continue to bring their best to our readers and we are so proud of them."
For the third year in a row, Mathews won the Best Blog category with her piece entitled, “No, thank you, I won’t be reviewing the book.”
Unlike previous years, the judges for this contest left numerous comments for the winners.
Of the blog, the judge said, “It has humor, insight, criticism while being polite, professionalism – and it got a good reader response.”
Mathews won first place in the Comments and Criticism category for Class 1A papers throughout the state and garnered an honorable mention, respectively, for her reviews of the films “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “The Master.”
“Mathews truly has a knack for the type of descriptive language that captures the essence of the film’s main characters and their surroundings,” the judge said of her “Beast” review. “Compelling, thoughtful and intriguing work.”
Mathews also brought home an honorable mention for her feature on Chelbie Bolton Bardwell.
Noble’s shot of Hopkins County’s famous see-through restrooms earned a third place in the General News Photography.
Noble’s shot from a balloon floating over the Hopkins County countryside garnered an honorable mention in the Feature Photography category. Of the shot, the judge commented, “very pretty.”
Noble placed second in Spot News Photography for his work entitled “A Tragic Death in Coleman Park.”
“Photojournalism has always been about telling stories with pictures,” the judge said of Noble’s entry. “Here’s a very fine example of that with reason for why the men are praying right there in the background. To compositionally position oneself to capture both scenes in the same photograph is most thoughtful and speaks to quickness of thinking along with that strong compositional awareness. Very well done!”
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