Journalist of the Year Announced

Sara Sneath, environmental reporter at the Victoria (Texas) Advocate, has been selected as the recipient of the LMA Journalist of the Year award for 2015. As one of the 2015 Excellence in News Coverage awards, it is bestowed upon a journalist whose work advances public understanding of life within the communities served and who has a gift for storytelling.

In nominating Sneath, Becky Cooper, managing editor of the Victoria Advocate wrote, “In the past two years, she has mined her territory and cultivated new relationships in our coastal fisheries, writing enterprise stories no one was reporting before – even capturing the attention of other Texas environmental reporters who, soon after, started following Sara’s leads.”

Sneath commented, “The Local Media Association is staying true to its name in recognizing the work of a family owned, community newspaper. Environmental coverage affects so many more people than those who identity as environmentalists.”

“Congratulations to Sara and all of the nominees,” said Nancy Lane, president, Local Media Association. “Sara’s articles are intensively researched and thoroughly reported. Her work demonstrates a keen understanding of the issues involved in environmental debates. It is so impressive to see the high standard of reporting going on at the local level demonstrated by Sara.”

The Local Media Association is a thriving and innovative association that serves local media companies (newspapers, TV, radio, directories, pure plays, and more) as well as research and development partners in the industry. LMA assists local media companies with the digital transition via cutting-edge programs, conferences, webinars, research and training. It is intensely focused on helping local media companies discover new and sustainable business models.