Monitor wins state press contest awards

Posted 8/4/22

The Wood County Monitor has won four awards, including two firsts, from the Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The awards were announced at the TPA’s annual summer …

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Monitor wins state press contest awards

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The Wood County Monitor has won four awards, including two firsts, from the Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The awards were announced at the TPA’s annual summer convention Saturday in San Marcos.

The Monitor was awarded first place in advertising and public notice.

In addition, photos by Sam Major were awarded second place in news photography and fourth place in sports photography. Major’s news photos were also awarded first place by the North and East Texas Press Association in April.

The winning ads were produced by Lesa Major for Autumn Winds Assisted Living and Sam Major for the Mineola High School band state championship special section.

The Monitor competed against similar sized weekly newspapers in all categories except public notice.

The Monitor competed against all newspapers in the state except for the large metro dailies for the public notice award.

The award was given for the coverage of the public notice that launched a citizen protest against the location of a concrete batch plant near the entrance of the Mineola Nature Preserve. The company ultimately withdrew its application.

During the convention Phil Major, a past president of TPA, served as nominating committee chairman for the association’s new officers and directors. Leonard Woolsey of Galveston becomes the new president.