The American-Statesman was recognized with 23 awards this weekend by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors for stories, photos and videos during 2017.
The Dallas Morning News was named Texas APME’s large-circulation Newspaper of the Year, and the Houston Chronicle was runner-up. The American-Statesman, which won the award three of the previous four years, took third place for 2017.
“Strong enterprise, a good mix of coverage and a really nice sense of the community are all hallmarks of the paper and shine through in these samples,” the judge wrote of the American-Statesman.
The Statesman staff placed second in Community Service for The Talk, an interactive report on race relations and Austin police.
The awards were presented during a weekend conference of Texas newspaper editors in Corpus Christi led by American-Statesman Managing Editor John Bridges, who served as Texas APME’s president the past year.
Statesman photographers claimed first place in both news and sports photography, with Nick Wagner winning the news category for coverage from the Sutherland Springs church shooting and Jay Janner winning the sports category for a photograph from University of Texas women’s basketball.
A portfolio of Janner’s and Wagner’s photography from Sutherland Springs also placed second in the Photojournalism category.
Wagner also took second in sports photography, and Ricardo Brazziell received an honorable mention.
The Statesman news staff received a second-place award in Online Live Coverage for its work on the UT campus stabbing, including Facebook Live reports from the scene and online and social-media updates.
Features writer Kristin Finan placed second in Short Features, and restaurant critic Matthew Odam placed second in Comment and Criticism.
Jeremy Schwartz, Sean Collins Walsh, Asher Price, Reshma Kirpalani, Kelly West and Maria Recio received third-place honors in Team Effort for their work on a series of reports about life along the Texas border.
Kirpalani placed third in Video Shorter than 2 Minutes for her coverage of a protest against President Donald Trump in Austin. She received an honorable mention in Video Longer than 2 Minutes for a video about Medicaid cuts.
Elizabeth Findell, Philip Jankowski and Alberta Phillips shared third-place honors in the Freedom of Information category for their coverage of Austin’s secretive search for a city manager, which resulted in the newspaper suing the city to obtain finalists’ names.
Janner placed third in Feature Photography for his photo of a boy and a girl at a Hurricane Harvey shelter.
Ralph Barrera earned an honorable mention in Photo Gallery, and Wagner received an honorable mention in Star Photojournalist of the Year.
Omar Gallaga received an honorable mention for the Michael Brick Storytelling Award for his correspondence with a reader about technology.
Viewpoints Editor Juan Castillo won an honorable mention in General Column Writing for a portfolio of work, and Jeremy Schwartz received an honorable mention in Specialty Reporting for his coverage of the border.
The Statesman staff’s coverage of the Sutherland Springs shooting received an honorable mention for Star Breaking News Report of the Year.
¡Ahora Sí!, the Statesman’s Spanish-language weekly publication, earned two APME awards — first place in news writing for Perla Arellano for coverage of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and second place in opinion writing by Rogelio Sáenz.