Examiner wins multiple Press Club awards
The Press Club of Southeast Texas presented the 2013 Excellence in Media Awards and announced the Newsmaker of the Year at its 23rd annual banquet Friday, June 6, at the MCM Eleganté Hotel in Beaumont.
More than 270 awards were presented in eight different media categories from among 476 entries submitted in April 2014. Media experts from around the country judged the entries and awarded first, second, third and honorable mention.
In addition, the Press Club presented the Newsmaker of the Year for 2013 to Kree Harrison (at right), the singer and songwriter from Woodville who was a finalist on “American Idol.”
The Examiner earned numerous awards in multiple categories. Jennifer Johnson won first place in the investigative reports category for her “Thanks for the money, mommy” article exposing the activities of Patricia Lambert; the BISD assistant superintendent funneled more than $300,000 to her son’s “graphics design” business. Johnson also took home the second-place award in investigative reports as well as third place in the Special Reports and News Story categories.
Clay Thorp won two first-place awards. His “Crusin’ Calder” article about 65-year-old rollerblader Tom Campbell won first in the Sports Feature category, and his “Small bugs, big problems” story explaining an infestation of pine beetles on Birch Street in Beaumont took the top prize in the Environmental category. Thorp also won second place in the Environmental category.
Sharon Brooks won first in the Special Reports category for “Ice Storm: the high price of addiction,” an in-depth and informative look at the dangers and effects of methamphetamine use. Brooks also won honorable mention in the News Story category.
Kevin King won eight awards including a first-place award in the Feature Story category for his article “Baby steps for a bull rider,” which chronicles the recovery of Nome bull rider Beau Schroeder following a bull riding accident that left him with a torn trachea and two collapsed lungs. King also won second place in the News Story category, second place for Faith-based/Inspirational story, second place for Sports Feature, and second place for Business Story. He won third place and honorable mention in the Business Story category and third place in the Feature story category as well.
Chad Cooper won first place in the Sports Column category for “Fans need to take notice of Lamar Women’s basketball,” praising Larry Tidwell’s ability to lead the Lady Cardinals to greatness; second place in the Sports News category; and second place in the Overall Excellence – Special Supplements category.
Examiner graphic design artist Adam Balla won first place for Feature Page Design/Layout for “Theatre to Thicket,” a design with a nostalgic feel, bringing to life the adventures of Larry Jene Fisher, the East Texas Renaissance Man. Balla also won second place in the Non-daily Sports Page Design/Layout and Overall Excellence Page Design/Layout categories.
Photographer David Block took home two first-place wards — one in the Feature Photo category for a Korn concert photo and the other in the Sports Photo category for “Cody Williams MMA.” Block also won a second-place award for Feature Photo and a third-place award for Feature Photo.
The Press Club of Southeast is a nonprofit organization dedicated to excellence in communication. All proceeds from the media awards and banquet are donated to the Memorial Scholarship Fund dedicated to deceased journalists and supporting scholarships at Lamar University. Each year the Press Club seeks to donate $10,000 to the fund. Cody Perkins, a junior communication student at Lamar University with a 4.0 GPA in his communication’s classes, is the 2014 recipient of the scholarship. For more information about the Press Club of Southeast Texas, visit the website at pressclubofsoutheasttexas.org and follow the organization on Facebook at facebook.com/PressClubSETX.