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Our "Law and Disorder" coverage appears far from over, but we received some positive reinforcement regarding our 2007 coverage during this weekend's Texas Press Association annual convention.

I'm pleased to announce the Advocate won eight awards during the convention and made a strong showing in the overall sweepstakes competition.

Congratulations to all of our winners:

Community service, first place -

1. Victoria Advocate — “Law enforcement and DA’s office” Strong and sustained context. Great use of public records laws. Effective third-party sourcing for outside, objective perspective. Solid sourcing overall that was fair to all sides. Forceful and reasoned editorials and editor’s commentary. Very fine work.

Advertising, first place -

1. Victoria Advocate — “Giant lizard” Great idea. I loved it. Perfect!! Nice job. “Exciting” Nice job! But I have seen this before in other papers in the USA. “Spiderman” I think this is the weakest one of the three. It would have been nice to have maybe a spider web background.

Sports photo, T.C. Baker, second place -

2. Victoria Advocate — by T.C. Baker. “Turkey gobbler” A good moment but photo quality or reproduction wasn’t strong enough. Nice job on composition. “Heat warning” I love this photo. It’s so well done it takes me right to the moment. Top notch.

General excellence, third place -

3. Victoria Advocate — We liked the front page icons and design of the “bad arrest” centerpiece. We did think the special report on the nuclear plant was too busy and lacked any clear direction. Too many fonts.

Page design, third place -

3. Victoria Advocate — Great job illustrating a tough but important issue on 1A. Lots of easy-to-soak-up information.

Feature story, Tara Bozick and Sonny Long, honorable mention -

4. Victoria Advocate — “Bad arrest? Victoria case raises questions about justice system” by Tara Bozick. Nice use of timeline, documents, poll for presentation. Interesting read. “Why did she die?” by Sonny Long. Lots of information. Very complete job on reporting. Gave readers their money’s worth on this subject.

Editorial writing, honorable mention

4. Victoria Advocate — “Tyler should appoint a special prosecutor” Some redundancies with earlier editorial but keeps a continued focus on an important community story. “Public trust is at stake in Ratliff case” Raises important concerns about conflict of interest and miscarriage of justice.

Blue Moon special sections, honorable mention

4. Victoria Advocate — “Victoria going nuclear?” The headline pulls the reader in wanting to know the answer. The information is presented in a clear, concise way. Wonderful use of graphics and photos to balance layout.

Sweepstakes, honorable mention -
 (We weren't too far off the pace for first. Odessa took first.)

Awards are nice, but the real prize is our readers' respect. We know we have to earn that every day.