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Review’s Roller Earns Set of TPA Honors

The publication, Cooper Review, has once again been honored by the Texas Press Association with awards in the 2016 Texas Better Newspaper Contest from 91 other weekly newspapers. This year’s contest was judged by the Oklahoma Press Association in an exchange arrangement for contest judging.
   This year 148 newspapers submitted 1,530 entries in the Texas Better Newspaper Contest. The contest is broken down into 10 divisions in which newspapers compete against papers of similar circulation size.
    Division 1 is reserved for the five metro dailies with the highest circulation in Texas, which compete only in the General Excellence category. The remaining newspapers compete under a unique division system in which the total number of entrants is divided into divisions based on frequency of publication and descending circulation.
   This year 31 dailies entered and there were 15-16 newspapers each in Divisions 2-3. Semi-weeklies numbered 26 with 13 newspapers each in Divisions 4-5. There were 91 weeklies with 19 in Division 6 and 18 each in Divisions 7-10.
   Cooper Review competed in Division 9 for this contest, being a weekly newspaper.
   Cooper Review Editor Cindy Roller received a set of accolades for 2016 – second place in the News Photo submission and third place in Advertising design.
   “I am honored to have the work I do each week for the Cooper Review recognized in this prestigious competition,” said Cooper Review Editor Cindy Roller. “I truly appreciate the support of Review Publisher Jim Butler and his wife Sally, my very part time staff writer Kalynn McKee, my family and the community for making this all possible each and every year. With such a limited staff it has become increasingly difficult to deliver the same level as many other weekly newspapers are capable of doing – either due to location or advertising, so to be considered as talented and professional as these competitors is a privilege.”
   The submission for News Photo included five photos – “Sweet Smiles,” a Cooper High School homecoming photo of Jacie and her father Jimmy McGraw, “A Salute,” a Memorial Day photo of American Legion Red Henderson Post 483 posting colors, a photo captured of State Highway 19 fatality accident and emergency personal, “Super bee, if you please,” photo documented the NRCS Earth Team volunteers in their Super Pollinator shirts showing Cooper third graders how bee live in their environment and “Making history,” with a photo of the first beer sold in Delta County at Nu-Way in Cooper.
   The judges comments included were “Nice homecoming moment and Memorial Day photos, taken from angles that make them more interesting.”
   Roller’s third place entry for advertising included the graduation ad designed for Hoity-Toity and graduating senior Sky deemed “The Sky is the Limit,” the football edition half page support ad for Sulphur Springs Dodge and the full page “Merry Christmas” edition ad for Enloe State Bank. No judges comments were provided for advertising.
   Roller received certificates for her successes and was recognized online as well as in The Winner’s Circle, an annual publication saluting the Better Newspaper Contest winners. The awards were announced on June 18, 2016, at La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa in Montgomery, Texas. She has been awarded by the TPA Better Newspaper Contest each of the five years she has been editor for the Cooper Review.