(AUSTIN)--Managing Editor Tatiana Rodriguez and Staff Writer Belinda Serrano of the Sweetwater Reporter were named to the 2013 Media Honor Roll, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), by Sweetwater Independent School District. The Media Honor Roll recognizes media representatives statewide for fair and balanced reporting of news about public schools. Media representatives from more than 450 Texas newspapers, radio and television stations, and online publications were honored by their local school districts.
Criteria for the district selection included the media representatives' efforts to get to know the superintendent, board president and the district's mission and goals; report school news in a fair, accurate and balanced matter; give a high profile to positive news about schools; visit the schools; and maintain a policy of no surprises by sharing information with school officials.
"Districts across Texas appreciate these reporters for their balanced and accurate approach to sharing both the challenges facing our schools and the successes achieved by local teachers, students and school boards. Their work aids local communities in focusing on the goal of providing the best public schools we can for every child," said Viola Garcia, TASB president.
In most cases, local school boards passed a formal resolution and presented a personalized certificate to their nominated news media.
TASB is a nonprofit organization established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 4.9 million public school students.
Sweetwater ISD Superintendent Mr. Terry Pittman said, "Not only do we appreciate the excellent jobs these two ladies do for our community, we are proud that both are Sweetwater High School graduates that have chosen to remain in Sweetwater as successful contributing citizens."