Athens Review, Athens, Texas

June 24, 2013

Athens Daily Review wins TPA sweepstakes award

From Staff Reports
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Daily Review won the sweepstakes award for the second straight year at the Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Awards this past weekend.

The Review, competing in Division 3, daily newspapers with a circulation of less than 7,000, won first-place plaques in five categories. The Review also took certificates for two second place finishes, two third place and one fourth place finish.

The following is a list of ADR’s winning entries and judges comments:

Special Section

First Place, Fantastic football section. 106 pages? Wow. Terrific coverage - range of articles, profiles and stats. Excellent presentation. Great work!

Second Place, Blue Moon Special Section. The introduction really set the tone for this special pub. The presentation also made the publication easy to read and interesting. Kudos for this unique approach to “sports” coverage.

Feature Writing

Third Place, It’s easy to see her as an angel/Preparing for the Extreme Mustang Makeover: Both stories kept the reader interested from beginning to end.

Headline Writing

Second Place Urine trouble/Hurricanes a subject that just blows me away/More than words: Urine Trouble was worth a laugh.

Sports Photo

First Place, Smash and grab/Out of reach: Loved the jersey grab. Good job of capturing action and inplied action

News Photo

Fourth Place, no comments available.

Page Design

First Place, Excellent front page design. Clean and easy to read. Like the community calendar.

Sports Coverage

First Place, Great coverage. I’m sure your readers appreciate. Good photo of championship with gamer and commentary. Fine use of info boxes and inserts. Good packaging. Love the UIL realignment bubble graphic and companion stories. You did a great job telling your readers why, which is huge.

Column Writing

First Place, Column about anniversary of murder of two deputies was the best in this category. Sad,  poignant and compelling.


Third Place, Ole West/Sonic/Western Week: Interesting, fun and friendly.