Local reporter honored by Media Group

Matthew Prosser, staff writer and photographer for the Henderson Daily News, took home some hardware following the North and East Texas Press Association’s 2010 Better Newspaper Contest Saturday in Fort Worth.

Receiving runner-up honors in the “Journalist of the Year” category as well as award selections for news writing and photography, Prosser was honored in every category he was nominated.

“I sincerely appreciate the award,” he said. “Such a compliment from one’s own peers is high praise indeed.”

Judges from the NETPA praised Prosser’s writing for its clever use of language and creative insight into mundane affairs.

“It’s the small things that make his collection of work stand out,” said Sue Dunham, a NETPA jury panel representative. “The little details, the turns of phrase and the obvious thought that goes into each story.”

Prosser’s article on the “High Cost of Justice” (June 11th) also received singular praise.

“It stands out for taking an angle I’ve rarely, if ever, seen explained in a case where there was a change of venue,” Dunham said.

As the lone nominee who serves as his paper’s lead photographer as well as primary news reporter, Prosser was also honored for his photography portfolio.

“Matthew Prosser shows an ability to find exceedingly clever solutions to common problems photographers encounter,” Dunham said. “Even being separated at a distance from a crime scene he finds a way in through the use of some innovative framing.”

A recognized columnist as well, with his Wednesday editorials being published in papers statewide and throughout the southwest, Prosser’s name was withdrawn from eligibility for being honored in the column writing category. Withdrawn despite being a favorite to at least place in the competition.

“Frankly, I thought being nominated for news and photography was enough,” he said. “I’m not a columnist, I’m just a writer.”

Based on newspapers published during 2010, the HDN competed with dailies with circulations of 7,000 and under from around the north and east regions of the state. Representing one of the smallest dailies in the state, the Henderson paper brought home awards in numerous other categories while rolling to a second-place finish in general excellence.


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