Josh Brodesky, editorial site editor of the San Antonio Express-Information, has gained a very first-spot prize for opinion writing in the Most effective of the West journalism contest.

Brodesky won in general curiosity column writing for a choice of his 2021 columns. Nancy M. Preyor-Johnson, the paper’s associate editorial page editor, took 3rd area in the identical group. The effects have been introduced Sunday.

Brodesky’s successful entry of 5 columns dealt with subjects ranging from pervasive food items insecurity in San Antonio to his personal struggles with despair, which he likened to “low-hanging clouds.”

“It is a highly effective selection of columns,” wrote Randy Essex, former executive editor of the Omaha World-Herald, who judged the group.

‘Rare authority’

Preyor-Johnson’s entry provided columns on Texas’ restrictive new abortion legislation her aunt’s challenging everyday living and demise and initiatives by the Texas legislature and Gov. Greg Abbott to limit classroom discussions about racism, discrimination and current events.

Preyor-Johnson “writes with scarce authority born of considerate comprehending,” Essex wrote. “It is an outstanding system of get the job done.”

The 2nd-spot award went to Jean Guerrero of the Los Angeles Moments, for columns discovering how Latinos in good shape into American politics.

On Saturday, Very best of the West introduced that the Convey-News experienced gained the initially-position prize in challenge reporting for tales exposing official glitches and oversights that worsened the results of Winter Storm Uri, which still left millions of Texans with no ability, warmth and drinking water for times in February 2021.

The paper’s place information protection of the storm received next area in breaking news, and a searchable databases of spouse and children violence fatalities in Bexar County gained 2nd spot for informational graphics. Other classes in Finest of the West are however staying judged.

The contest was started in 1987 to acknowledge journalistic excellence in 14 Western states, including Texas. Entry costs are employed to fund hotlines that give absolutely free or minimal-price legal advice to journalists trying to find obtain to general public data and governing administration meetings.