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News-Press earns top awards at WTPA convention

The Levelland & Hockley County News-Press earned the Sweepstakes Award and News Editor Kati Moody was named Journalist of the Year and Photographer of the Year at the West Texas Press Association convention, which was held earlier this month in Hamilton.

The News-Press earned a total of eight awards.

Kati Moody, news editor, was named Journalist of the Year and Photographer of the Year in the semi-weekly division.

She also earned first place in column writing, news writing and feature writing, and third place in sports writing.

Jonathan Cancino, News-Press graphic artist, earned second place in advertising composition.

The staff won second place in special section for its submission of the winter magazine, In Focus.

The News-Press is currently working on its spring magazine.

“We were delighted to sweep Division B, which includes some of the best and largest semi-weeklies in our vast West Texas region,” said Publisher Stephen Henry.

“It is especially rewarding to win these types of awards and recognition because the contests are judged by other newspaper professionals in other regional press associations,” continued Henry.

“We are especially proud for Kati who earned not only the coveted Journalist of the Year title, but also Photographer of the Year award. Those awards recognize the superior quality of her work,” Henry said.

Earlier this year, the News-Press won similar awards at the Panhandle Press Association convention held in Hereford.

Among the newspapers against which the News-Press competed were the Lamesa Press-Reporter, Lampasas Dispatch Record, Gatesville Messenger, Azle News, Dublin Citizens, and Hamilton Herald-News.

The West Texas Press Association is the largest such association in the world, essentially including all the area west of I-35.

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