Texas Managing Editors

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal mistakenly left out of 2024 TME Contest Awards

Last month, the Texas Managing Editors honored the best journalism in Texas at our annual conference in Temple.

To our dismay, those awards did not account for entries from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, one of our valued 2A members.

Adam Young, editor of the Avalanche-Journal, alerted us of the omission after the “publication wasn’t recognized by the TME for the first time in recent memory, perhaps ever.”

He told us the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s contest fee was paid through PayPal and Texas Managing Editors contest coordinators acknowledged the publication’s submission in January.

We deeply regret this error and sincerely apologize to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal staff. During the contest entry period, our contest site’s domain abruptly shut down and we had to temporarily stage the site with a new host. We thought we captured all of the entries, but now we know we didn’t. We wholeheartedly apologize.

We are committed to ensuring such an egregious mistake doesn’t get repeated. Going forward, our all-volunteer board vows to triple-check that paid fees and submissions match before sending entries out of state for judging. The integrity of this contest is of utmost importance to all of us.

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