Advocate wins five national awards from Local Media Association

The Victoria Advocate is the winner of five national journalism awards, the Local Media Association announced Tuesday.

The newspaper was honored for its 2013 work in these categories:

•  First place in multimedia coverage for "Justice from the Ashes," reported by Dianna Wray, with multimedia work by photo and video editor Kat Duncan, Angeli Wright, Frank Tilley, Robert Zavala and managing and digital editor Thomas Martinez.

•  First place for front-page design, featuring the work of presentation editor Kimiko Fieg.

•  First place for graphic artwork, featuring the work of special projects editor Robert Zavala.

•  Second place for breaking news coverage of a fire at Formosa, reported by Melissa Crowe, Jessica Priest, J.R. Ortega and the Advocate staff.

•  Second place for best non-front-page design, featuring the work of Fieg and designer Blain Hefner.

The annual Local Media Association has more than 2,100 member newspapers across the United States and Canada. The contest was judged by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Arizona.