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Roswell Daily Record recognized for general excellence

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Roswell Daily Record general manager SaraLei Fajardo, advertising director Manny Gonzalez, editor John Dilmore, publisher Barbara Beck and composing director Aric Loomis display some of the awards won by the newspaper’s staff during the New Mexico Press Association’s annual convention Saturday in Albuquerque. (Daily Record Photo)

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RDR wins total of 24 awards during Press Association convention

The Roswell Daily Record earned 24 staff and individual awards in the New Mexico Press Association’s 2019 Better Newspaper Contest, including the E.H. Shaffer Award for General Excellence.

The awards were presented Saturday during the NMPA’s 111th annual convention in Albuquerque.

All told, the Daily Record brought home 13 first place awards across various news and advertising categories, along with 11 second place awards.

“The Daily Record has a long history of participation in the New Mexico Press Association, and has scored high at this year’s Press Association competition,” said Roswell Daily Record publisher Barbara Beck. “This is due to the dedicated professionalism of our employees and the teamwork they display. I am very proud of Roswell Daily Record employees who won a total of 24 awards.”

Of the General Excellence award, Roswell Daily Record editor John Dilmore said, “This is not an award a staff can win by going through the motions. It measures the quality of journalism over the entire contest period — a year. It lets the people of Roswell know that the staff here is working hard to cover the news in this community every day.”

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Staff accomplishments were recognized in all areas of newspaper writing, production and advertising.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross won first place in the News Writing category, and also won second place in the Breaking News category. Special projects reporter Alison Penn won second place in Education Writing, and second place in the Feature Photo category. Senior writer Lisa Dunlap won second place in the category of Environmental and Agricultural Writing.

Ross, Penn, Dunlap and Daily Record managing editor Misty Choy won first place, as a team, in the category of Best Breaking News-Digital.

Dilmore won first place for Column Writing, and also brought home the first place award for Editorial Writing.

Sports editor J.T. Keith won first place in the Sports Column category, and also second place in the Sports Column category, effectively dominating the category.

Choy was recognized with a first place award for best Obituary Page.

Ross, Dunlap and Choy combined for a first place award in the Photo Series category. Ross and Dunlap won second place for Series or Continuing Coverage.

Vision editor Christina Stock, Dunlap and Choy combined to win second place in the Photo Series category.

The newspaper’s staff won second place in the design and typography category.

Daily Record composing director Aric Loomis won six awards: first place for Best Website, first place for Best Rate Card or Marketing Kit, first place for best House Advertisement; along with second place awards in the categories of Retail Advertisement-Color, Advertising Campaign-Digital, and House Advertisement.

Sandra Martinez won two first place awards, for Advertising Campaign and in the Shared/Signature Page category.