Honors for Examiner Corp.
Examiner Corp. reporters, graphic designers and photographers scored big when members of the Press Club of Southeast Texas gathered June 8 for the Annual Newsmaker of the Year/Excellence in Media Awards Banquet, where the best submissions in public relations, newspaper, magazine, television, radio and Internet were announced.
Lamar University men’s basketball coach Pat Knight was named Newsmaker of the Year after leading the team to 20 wins and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in his first season.
The annual Excellence in Media contest recognizes the best work in each journalism genre after judging by experts in the media from across the United States. There were 602 entries submitted by local journalists, broadcasters and public relations experts competing for honors. Proceeds from the contest and banquet are used to benefit the Press Club Memorial Scholarship endowment at Lamar University, which is awarded annually to a student in the communications field.
Amber Vasquez, creative director of the Examiner Entertainment Guide and the Business Journal, scored three first place trophies for Photo Essay/Picture Page, News Page Design/Layout and Feature Page Design/Layout. Examiner designer Joshua Cobb won first place for Overall Excellence Page Design/Layout, and contributing photographer David Block won first place for Best Sports Photo.
On the editorial side, Fred Davis won first place for News Story, Jennifer Johnson won first place for Special Report, as did Shelly Vitanza for Business Story. Examiner sports editor Chad Cooper picked up a pair of firsts for Sports Column and Feature Photo.
Category 201, Business Story:
3rd Place: Peanut butter burger time by Lucy Biebel of The Examiner
2nd Place: The Business of Social Media by James Shannon of Port Arthur Business Journal
1st Place: The Yogurt Spot Customized creations, healthy desserts by Shelly Vitanza of The Examiner
Category 203, Special Reports:
2nd Place: Remembering Bryan Hebert by Fred Davis, Jennifer Johnson, Taryn Sykes, Jennifer Trahan of The Examiner
1st Place: Trial shows Walker’s ‘cut-and-paste’ accounting, Jennifer Johnson of The Examiner
Category 204, Environmental:
3rd Place: Contaminated dirt holds back Orange County construction by Jennifer Johnson of The Examiner
2nd Place: ONE YEAR LATER: Lessons from Deepwater Horizon tragedy continue to unfold by James Shannon of the Port Arthur Business Journal
Category 206, Editorial/Commentary:
2nd Place: Top Ten Bunk by James Shannon of The Examiner
Category 210, Graphic/Cartoon/Illustration:
3rd Place: Paint the town Red by Amber Vasquez of The Examiner
Category 211, Photo Essay or Picture Page:
1st Place: NOT YOUR TYPICAL CIRCUS by Amber Vasquez of The Examiner
Category 301, News Story:
2nd Place, Orange County shooting victimizes two families by Jennifer Johnson of The Examiner
1st Place: Boss Ink Stories by Fred Davis of The Examiner
Category 304, Sports News:
3rd Place: Evadale loses heartbreaker in state semifinals by Chad Cooper of The Examiner
Category 305, Sports Feature:
2nd Place: Tailgating 101 by Chad Cooper of The Examiner
Category 306, Sports Column:
3rd Place: Lamar football’s Southland schedule is nothing nice by Fred Davis of The Examiner
1st Place: Terry Evans should be atop of Lamar’s wish list by Chad Cooper of The Examiner
Category 308, Feature Photo:
1st Place: My Darkest Days @ Buzzfest by Chad Cooper of The Examiner
Category 309, Sports Photo:
1st Place: Williams gains full mount on Chaw by David Block of The Examiner
Category 310, News Page Design/Layout:
1st Place: Station No. 1 nears completion by Amber Vasquez of the Greater Orange Business Journal
Category 311, Feature Page Design/Layout:
3rd Place: Dogtoberfest by Amber Vasquez of The Examiner
1st Place: The Return of CATS by Amber Vasquez, The Examiner
Category 313, Overall Excellence Page Design/Layout:
1st Place: Sept. 2001, Urban Utility, Battle at L’auberge by Joshua Cobb of The Examiner