Victoria Advocate honored nationally for its front page

The Victoria Advocate earned recognition recently for its front pages in two national contests.

The Advocate also was recognized for its website and use of multimedia.

The newspaper's special front page commemorating the final launch of the space shuttle was honored with first place in the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association's Better Newspaper Contest. Presentation editor Kimiko Fieg designed the front page.

"The Victoria Advocate's presentation of the final space shuttle launch is extraordinary, in the finest sense of the word," the judges wrote. "A stunning photo, excellent use of typography and thoughtful placement of all elements makes this a clear winner. More than what is obvious, however, is the effort behind this package. To devote the entire front - and back - page of a daily newspaper to one event takes strong effort in planning and coordination among many departments. This page pulls it all together in a package that is bright, open and daring. The impact is strong and the presentation is memorable. Indeed, it is extraordinary."

The newspaper also won third place in the annual Inland Press Association contest for a selection of front pages.

Also in the SNPA contest, the Advocate won second place for its website and second for best use of multimedia. The multimedia award was for the newspaper's special report, VictoriaAdvocate.com/ALS, on Craig Fox and two others suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease.

"Very compelling story that also was well told," the judges wrote. "Great reporting. Loved that you compiled your videos into a movie to benefit ALS."

The Inland Press serves almost 1,200 newspapers in the United States, Canada and Bermuda. SNPA has 400 members, primarily in the South.