The Progress Times is extending congratulations to its longtime graphic designer after being recognized by the Texas Press Association.
Carlos Reyna was recognized by the Houston-based organization of which the Progress Times is affiliated with during its 2019 Texas Better Newspaper Contest. Reyna was awarded 1st place in Division 7 in the page design category for his work in designing an editorial, front page, a sports page and a lifestyle page.
“I could not believe [I won], I have been working in graphic design 24 years and this award is the work of so much effort, passion and integrity that I have dedicated all these years,” Reyna said. “I am very happy for this recognition and I hope to continue to accumulate more achievements.”
The award was presented to the Progress Times during the January Texas Press Association Convention and Trade Show in Galveston.
Progress Times publisher Dee Rendon was at the convention to accept the award with Reyna.
“I’m constantly giving thanks to our Lord and praying for guidance. When I took over as publisher of Progress Times I questioned myself for doing it and wondered if I was doing right by my employees and readers, but I was blessed with a great team,” Rendon said. “This award legitimizes what I already knew about our small newspaper family –we have something special.”
Reyna thanked the staff members at the Progress Times for contributing to his award.
“They bring the news, the photographs, all the necessary elements for me to create the pages you see in the newspaper,” Reyna said. “This is the first time that the Progress Times newspaper has won in [this] category and it gave me great satisfaction to have been the winner. Previously the paper has had other nominations and obtained recognitions, but not a first place at the state level.”
The Progress Times had four submissions in this category and was ultimately awarded first place, beating out the Hill Country Community Journal, The Keaton Herald and the Hays Free Press which placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th, respectively.
“It belongs to all of us who work at the Progress Times. The story was special for the front page cover, the photo I got was excellent for the story, and when you have everything you need and together with my experience we had an excellent result,” Reyna said. “Of course this award motivated me, now I try to make each design the best for our readers, and I think I will be able to achieve more recognition for the company in the future.”