Freedom New Mexico picks up 11 awards

Freedom New Mexico

Freedom New Mexico picked up 11 awards on Saturday, including the seven top prizes, in the Texas Panhandle Press Association’s 2011 Better Newspaper Contest.

The Clovis News Journal was honored with PPA’s General Excellence award.

CNJ photographers Tony Bullocks, Liliana Castillo and columnist Kevin Wilson all won individual first place awards.

The Portales News-Tribune took first place in best headline writing.

Texas’ Panhandle Press Association includes dozens of small-town newspapers throughout the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, southwest Kansas and eastern New Mexico. This weekend marked the organization’s 101st annual convention.

The Muleshoe Journal won five awards in Division I. The Muleshoe Journal won first place in humorous columns, second place in sports photography and website and third place in headline writing and news writing.

Panhandle Press Association 2011 Better Newspaper Contest Results

Division II — Semi-Weeklies and Dailies

General excellence: Clovis News Journal

Headline writing: 1. Portales News-Tribune – Dianna Hernandez and Rick White. 2. Hereford Brand.

Feature photo: 1. Clovis News Journal – Liliana Castillo 2. Plainview Herald – Richard Porter. 3. Pampa News – Andrew Glover

Sports writing: 1. Plainview Herald – Ryan Thurman. 2. Hereford Brand – Skip Leon 3. Pampa News – Andrew Glover

Advertising design: 1. Canyon News 2. Plainview Daily Herald 3. Hereford Brand

Front page layout: 1. Clovis News Journal – Rick White and Jenna Zamie. 2. Plainview Daily Herald. 3. Southwest Daily Times. Honorable mention: Portales News-Tribune-Dianna Hernandez.

News writing: 1. Levelland and Hockley County News Press. 2. Hereford Brand. 3. Plainview Daily Herald.

Spot news photos: 1.Plainview Daily Herald. 2. Levelland and Hockley County News-Press 3. Moore County News

Humorous column: 1. Pampa News – Arnie Aurellano. 2. Plainview Daily Herald – Kevin Lewis. 3. Perryton Herald – Jim Hudson.

Society and lifestyles: 1. Clovis News Journal – CNJ staff. 2. Plainview Daily Herald. 3. Perryton Herald.

Feature story: 1. Pampa News. 2. Plainview Daily Herald 3. The Canyon News.

Special section: 1. Dalhart Texan, 2. Clovis News Journal-CNJ staff. 3. Dalhart Texan.

Editorial: 1. Perryton Herald. 2. Clovis News Journal 3. Canyon News

Serious column: 1. Clovis News Journal – Kevin Wilson. 2. Clovis News Journal – Sharna Johnson. 3. Plainview Herald – Richard Porter

Sports photos: 1. Clovis News Journal – Tony Bullocks. 2. Hereford Brand – Skip Leon. 3. Plainview Herald – Richard Porter.

Website: 1. Clovis News Journal – CNJ staff 2. Hereford Brand. 3. Dalhart Texan. Honorable mention: Moore County News.