JH-V wins in TPA and AJPA contests 2007
TPA’s Better Newspaper Contest is a statewide competition. The JH-V competed against 114 weekly Texas newspapers, which were grouped into subdivisions, based on circulation.
The winning special section, “Weddings to Remember,” a full-color wedding-planner magazine, was produced by Steve Pardue. The winning editorials, a dual entry, were written by Michael C. Duke. “Rock the boat” called on the community to recognize and confront the anti-Israel propaganda campaign that has infected the Rice University history department; “Going on the offense” addressed the importance of educating the greater Houston community about Israel beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict.
In the annual AJPA Simon Rockower Excellence in Jewish Journalism contest, the JH-V competed against Jewish newspapers across the United States. Earning second place in feature writing was Michael C. Duke’s story, “Death and life juxtaposed,” written on the installation of Holocaust Museum Houston’s Danish rescue boat exhibit.
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Nothing in life is permanent. I suppose that’s what Steve Pardue may have thought when he engaged the services of a temp agency two years ago. The Herald was the lucky recipient when he was sent to us to fill in for one of the members of our production staff who was out for an extended period of time.
As a youngster, Steve loved art. “When I was a kid, my mother entered my drawings in the newspaper ‘Draw Me’ contests,” he said. Later, in high school, he would paint and sculpt.
After receiving his degree from The Art Institute several years ago, Steve returned to the school to take computer classes. “I was now the old guy in class and while the younger students were focused on [kid stuff], I taught myself the graphics programs. I also took some excellent classes in Illustrator, Photoshop and Quark at Houston Community College,” he continued. A short stint at a copy center in Houston gave him great experience in trouble-shooting computer problems.
The newest member of the Herald’s production staff, Steve typically is responsible for the kids and teen/collegian pages and obituaries; also, singles, seniors and FREESTYLE! Like others in his department, he works on any section, such as the front pages, when his are finished or someone is on vacation. He also makes pdfs of each page of the paper before they are e-mailed to the printer.
What Steve loves best, though, are our special sections. “I really enjoy designing the covers for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planner and other special issues.” Of note, Steve’s latest “baby” was the Herald’s “Voices: a magazine for Jewish living.” While everyone in the department was involved in its production, Steve designed and created every delightful and colorful page.
Each person in our production department has particular strengths that add to the quality of our newspaper. Steve is no exception, and we’re delighted that he made a permanent change to join our company, because the changes he’s made in our paper have greatly enhanced its appeal.