CORPUS CHRISTI — Alvin Sun sports editor Stephen Collins received the 2014 Fred Hartman Excellence in Sportswriting Award.
Collins accepted the award, presented by Fred B. Hartman, at the summer meeting of Texas Press Association. Griff Singer, director of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund’s Center for Editing Excellence at the University of Texas, was this year’s judge.
“Collins provides a great portfolio exhibiting his abilities at features as well as live events. His lengthy interview with Reid Ryan, a member of the legendary baseball family and now president of the Houston Astros, went into areas many readers would not have been aware of. A delightful story,” Singer wrote in his notes.
“Collins shows a knack for getting good quotes from numerous sources into his feature and game stories.
“Covering sports for smaller Texas newspapers is a challenging task. In many instances, being the sports editor/writer is just one of several other jobs these tireless folks must perform. Selecting a winner from this year's entries was not easy. Clearly, the top three finishers are providing their readers with great coverage, including timely, interesting features. What's special is they are doing more than just play-by-play stories. And they stepped out to cover some of the sports that often are bypassed.”
Each year the Fred Hartman Award competition alternates between two fixed circulation breaks: newspapers over 10,000 and those under 10,000. This year the contest was open to journalists currently employed with a Texas newspaper under 10,000 in circulation. Recipients receive a plaque and a $1,000 check.
The award is sponsored annually by Hartman Newspapers, a family-owned company started by the late Fred Hartman.