Facts named best newspaper in its category | Free sharing

The Facts was recognized as the best Texas newspaper in its circulation category by being named Newsroom of the Year 2021 in the annual Texas Associated Press Managing Editors competition.

Newsroom of the Year is awarded based on points accumulated in the 32 competition categories encompassing reporting, writing, design and photography. Print and online products are reviewed by journalists from outside newspapers who judge the competition.

“Entries for this competition focus almost exclusively on community journalism, and The Facts’ top honors demonstrate the importance we place on telling the stories that matter to the people of Brazoria County,” said Facts editor-in-chief Michael Morris after the award announcement Tuesday. “We are proud that our industry peers have recognized our work for the value it brings to our community. “

The Facts received 13 awards, including four individual top spots: Star Opinion Writer of the Year for writer and editor Yvonne Mintz; Morris for writing the headlines; freelance photographer Prentice C. James for news photography; and former associate editor Maddy McCarty for writing feature films.

Coverage of the Jackson Lake water crisis caused by a brain-eating amoeba received second place in the Community Service category. Morris also received two runners-up for general column and editorial writing.

A series of reports on the effect of the pandemic on residents’ mental health took third place, and Mintz’s three column entry took third place in the general column editorial.

Joel Luna for sports reporting, McCarty for local government coverage and Morris for infographics won Honorable Mentions.

“Everything we’ve been recognized for is a reflection of life in Brazoria County and The Facts’ efforts to capture it and push it in a positive direction,” Morris said. “This is really what quality community journalism can accomplish and why we consider it so important.”

The Facts competes with other Texan newspapers with a Sunday circulation between 10,000 and 29,000 copies.

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