Reporter-News scores 5 first-place awards, including Community Service, in AP contest


Abilene Reporter-News adopted its 2020 award for Neighborhood Services with a first-location repeat at this weekend’s Involved Press Running Editor once-a-year convention in Irving.

The ARN was honored in Course 3A, the 2nd-best division of Texas newspaper, for its commitment to cover the city’s Black local community subsequent the countrywide turmoil of 2020.

“Actual group storytelling — at its most effective. Stories reflected writers’ enthusiasm, source’s emotions and in depth stories’ importance of defining an inclusive community,” wrote the choose.

The entry provided: a attribute on the donation of a kidney by a white Abilene resident to a Black pastor and then the funeral company for the kidney receiver, the Rev. Eddie Jordan area university students discussing the effects of George Floyd’s death upon their return to faculty a piece by Mayor Anthony Williams on the influence of Juneteenth, and the newspaper’s protection of the new town holiday getaway the renaming of a few regional elementary educational institutions and the efforts to deal with the unmarked grave of a Black Abilene resident.

A story about the donation of a kidney by Tim Yandell, right, to Eddie Jordan was part of the Abilene Reporter-News' first-place Community Service award in the 2021 Texas APME contest. The story also won honorable mention in Features.

A story about the donation of a kidney by Tim Yandell, correct, to Eddie Jordan was component of the Abilene Reporter-News’ 1st-place Neighborhood Support award in the 2021 Texas APME contest. The story also gained honorable mention in Characteristics.

Employees users Timothy Chipp, Laura Gutschke, Greg Jaklewicz and Joey D. Richards contributed writing items to the winning deal, as very well as photographer Ronald Erdrich.

Employees writer Brian Bethel and Erdrich every scored person first-location awards.

Bethel won Star Reporter of the Calendar year for these initiatives: how the Jan. 6 Capitol chaos was taught at McMurry College, his deal of stories on the Development Corporation of Abilene titled “The scoop on the DCOA” and his report on the UFO crash celebration in Roswell, N.M.

“Superb task of reporting and creating. Good job of conveying and articulating the subject matter make a difference. Well accomplished!” the choose wrote.

Ronald Erdrich's first-place award taken in Roswell, N.M. at its UFO event over the July 4 weekend in 2021.

Ronald Erdrich’s initially-spot award taken in Roswell, N.M. at its UFO function over the July 4 weekend in 2021.

Erdrich won prizes in 5 individual groups.

He won for Feature Images for a photograph of a guy, and an alien, driving a mechanical bull at the Roswell festival, and for sports photography — an Abilene Superior soccer player consoling a teammate following their playoff decline to El Paso Eastwood.

“Using mechanical bulls have been all the rage for a extensive time in Texas. Driving the alien trend is a new detail and the photographer had the perception to realize that he was observing one thing abnormal. Composition and extraordinary expression built the photo, not to mention timing. Well done,” the decide wrote about the Roswell photo.

About the write-up-match image, a judge wrote, “Really good job of capturing the emotion of dropping the match. Superior use of shallow depth of industry to bring the consideration to the players.”

Erdrich also was 2nd as Star Photojournalist for an entry of 12 pics.

“Ron entered a great portfolio and his function gained him 2nd location. A several images stood out which include his softball motion shot and the soccer dejection picture. His rodeo shots are extremely superior and he applied the mild to his edge to seize a group at a live performance and a welder at get the job done. Great function Ron!” a decide wrote.

Ronald Erdrich's first-place sports photo for 2021 at the APME awards.

Ronald Erdrich’s first-location sporting activities picture for 2021 at the APME awards.

Erdrich also been given honorable point out in Photojournalism for his protection of the Haitian immigrant disaster at the Texas-Mexico border and for his Huge Country Journal column on endeavours to restore Stamford West Cemetery, identified as “one of the relics of segregation.”

The Reporter-Information also won Designer of the Year. Lisa Naujokaitis, who was 2nd in 2020, moved to the prime with a series of 5 Sunday patterns that integrated a beer mug underlay for a tale about SunnHaus Brewing Job and Mother’s Working day aspect on Shades of Hope founder Tennis McCarty.

“Wonderful use of photography, put together with swish integration of the headline typography, make these web pages s
o participating for the reader. While a style-friendly story depend assisted, each individual package deal was properly layered and really powerful,” the choose wrote.

Jaklewicz additional a 3rd-place and two honorable mention awards. He was 3rd in remark and criticism entry that incorporated a story about actor Kevin Costner’s performance at the Outlaws & Legends Audio Competition.

He acquired honorable point out in sports activities function for a piece about Large Place Athletic Corridor of Fame inductees Lyle Leong and Taylor Potts, former Abilene Substantial teammates, and for a standard characteristic about Yandell’s kidney donation.

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