Bulletin earns four awards in TPA's Better Newspaper Contest

DERRICK STUCKLY BROWNWOOD BULLETIN derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com
Bulletin earns four awards in TPA's Better Newspaper Contest

The Brownwood Bulletin received four awards in the Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, which were revealed over the weekend.

In Division 3, comprised of newspapers with circulation of 7,000 or less, the Bulletin earned first place in Feature Writing for the story entitled “Brown County couple to attend presidential inauguration.” Steve Nash penned the Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 article on Mike and Judy Bullard, who attended the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The judges’ comments on the story included, “Great localized story with lots of photos and great play.”

Nash followed up with additional stories on the Bullards’ experience in Washington, D.C., as well.

The Bulletin also placed third in both News Writing and Page Design, and finished fourth in the top category, General Excellence.

The award-winning News Writing story entitled “Lowery capable of murder, according to brother” was written by Rick Phelps and appeared in the Aug. 1, 2013 edition of the Bulletin. The story was a small portion of the coverage regarding the disappearance of Rising Star resident Amber Lowery, who was reported missing on July 23 and whose remains were later discovered on the property of herself and her husband, Mike — who was arrested for murder on July 30.

The recent TPA awards are based on publications that printed during the 2013 calendar year.

“While it is always nice to be recognized for quality effort, these awards highlight more than just outstanding journalists serving a great community,” said Bulletin publisher David W. Compton. “It’s about pride, professionalism and dedication and how even during trying moments our team has found a way to publish compelling editions.

“The entire community should take pride that they are considered to have one of the top newspapers of its size in the state.”

Earlier this year, the Bulletin finished second in its classification in the 2013 Newspaper of the Year category of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors awards.