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RDR earns nine awards at newspaper contest

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The Roswell Daily Record earned a total of nine awards at Saturday's annual New Mexico Press Association awards banquet. Pictured, from left, are advertising director Manny Gonzalez, composing director Aric Loomis, multimedia reporter Trevier Gonzalez, editor Jeff Tucker, general manager SaraLei Fajardo and publisher Barbara Beck.

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The Roswell Daily Record earned a total of nine awards, including three first-place awards, at Saturday’s annual New Mexico Press Association awards banquet in Bernalillo.

The newsroom staff won first place for design and typography at the NMPA’s Better Newspaper Awards contest in the Daily Class II division.

“Clean, consistent design. Good headline structure. Good choice of fonts,” wrote the judges of the newspaper association in Arizona.

Editor Jeff Tucker won second place in environmental and agricultural writing for his BLM oil and gas article and second place in columns for his piece, “Trump win would spark epic media hissy fit.”

Features reporter Curtis Michaels won second place in series or continuing coverage for his SANE nurse procedures series.

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Advertising director Manny Gonzalez won first place in the circulation campaign category.

“Nice use of graphic imagery to stand out in section,” judges said. “Also, good play on theme with headline.”

Gonzalez also won second place in the circulation campaign category.

Gonzalez and graphic designer Sandra Martinez won second place in the auto advertisement category.

“I just want to thank the NMPA for throwing this annual event that gives us newspaper colleagues an opportunity,” Gonzalez said. “It provides a lot of opportunity to share ideas. I also want to thank my advertising department, as well as the editorial staff. Keep up the good work.”

Former sports editor AJ Dickman won first place for best sports coverage.

“Strong photos, a commitment to covering local sports were nice,” wrote the judge. “Probably could have used fewer photos on the February cover, to get in more of the basketball story.”

Dickman also won second place in sports writing.

Tucker said it was a good showing, but added that there’s always room for improvement.

“We didn’t get the latest coveted General News Excellence Award as we have in years past,” Tucker said. “So congratulations to the Farmington Daily Times, which received the award. We hope to take it back next year.”

Publisher Barbara Beck congratulated her entire staff for working together as a team.