Freedom New Mexico receives honors

By CNJ staff

The Clovis News Journal picked up 15 awards Saturday, including the top two prizes, at the 98th annual Panhandle Press Association’s convention in Amarillo.

The staff earned the General Excellence award overall in the Division II category for larger newspapers. CNJ also picked up the Community Service award and its $250 cash prize for coverage of Clovis’ 100th anniversary.

The newspaper earned first-place honors in the following categories:

• Feature news photo, entries by Tony Bullocks and Sharna Johnson

• Front page layout, entries by Rick White and Cortney Graham

• Society/Lifestyles section, CNJ staff

• Advertising initiative, CNJ advertising

• Four-color printing, CNJ production

• News writing, entries by Marlena Hartz and Kevin Wilson

• Sports writing, entries by Dave Wagner and Rick White

• Sports photography, entries by Andy DeLisle and Rick White

• Special sections, CNJ staff

CNJ also earned a second-place honor for feature stories, with entries by Marlena Hartz, Sharna Johnson and Rick White; a third place award for headline writing, with entries by Rick White and Cortney Graham; and honorable mention for its Web site and for editorial writing by David Stevens.

The Portales News-Tribune received a second-place honor in the advertising initiative category.

The Canadian Record earned the General Excellence and Community Service awards in the small-paper category.