News Release


April 17, 2006

Al Dia Earns Sixteen New Awards

Dallas -- Al Dia , the leading Spanish-language newspaper in North Texas recently earned a combined 16 awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications, the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, the Texas State Teachers Association, and the Society for News Design.

"Dallas-Ft. Worth is the sixth largest Hispanic market and the fastest growing of the top 10. Al Dia is proud to serve the market with the largest and most talented staff of any Spanish-language daily in the Southwest. These awards reflect our strong commitment to deliver the most accurate, late-breaking, comprehensive and relevant," said Gilbert Bailon, editor and publisher of Al Dia.

The National Association of Hispanic Publications, whose members span the country, presented Al Dia with seven awards in March:

  • Gold award - Outstanding Education Article: "Propuestas sobre directores bilingues para las escuelas del DISD" Vanesa Salinas
  • Gold award - Outstanding Entertainment Article: "Selena Vive" Lorena Flores Gold award Outstanding Ad Promoting the Publication
  • Gold award Outstanding Circulation Program
  • Silver award - Outstanding Cultural/Community Photo: "Una leccion de Civismo" Roberto M. Sanchez
  • Silver award - Outstanding Hispanic Success Story: "Con determinacion avanza en su vida" Vanesa Salinas
  • Bronze award - Outstanding Community Service/Health article: "Viviendo con el Olvido. Alzheimer entre los hispanos" Patricia Estrada

Also in March, and for the second consecutive year, the Texas State Teachers Association School awarded Vanesa Salinas the School Bell Award for outstanding continuous coverage of the local school districts. Al Dia was the only Spanish-language newspaper in Texas that received a School Bell award. In addition, in honor of her high-impact design work, Danielle Levkovits received the Award of Excellence for Feature Design and another for Features Page Design Portfolio from the Society for News Design.

In April, the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, which has over 90 member newspapers, honored Al Dia with seven awards:

  • First Place News Story: "Minuteman project" Isabel Rojas
  • First Place Feature Story: "Escuadron 201" Vanesa Salinas
  • Second Place Feature Photo: "Church Volunteers from New Orleans" Deborah Turner
  • Second Place Photo Journalism: "Aids in Central America" Sharon Steinmann
  • Second Place Sports writing: "Troyano Azteca" Carlos A. Nava
  • Second Place Feature story: "Selena Vive" Lorena Flores
  • Honorable mention Sports writing: "La Ultima Gambeta" Gabriel Cabarrouy

About Al Dia
Al Dia, published Monday through Saturday, has the largest ABC-audited daily circulation. It is the only Spanish-language daily in the market that can deliver to every doorstep via the strong distribution network of The Dallas Morning News, and has thousands of premium distribution points via colorful racks, and inside leading retailers. Al Dia continues to earn the trust of many national advertisers including American Airlines, AT&T Wireless, Bank of America, Bank One, Chase Bank, Circuit City, Disney, ESPN-Deportes, Home Depot, Jack Daniel's, JC Penney, MetLife, Nextel, SBC, Secure Horizons, Target, Verizon, Wal-Mart, Western Union, Washington Mutual, as well as important regional advertisers like Dillard's and Foley's.

About The Dallas Morning News
The Dallas Morning News is published by Belo Corp., one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with 7,700 employees and more than $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, the Mid-Atlantic and Rhode Island. Belo owns 19 television stations, six of which are in the 15 largest U.S. broadcast markets. The Company also owns or operates seven cable news channels and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers are The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). The Company also publishes specialty publications targeting young adults, affluent populations and the fast-growing Hispanic market, including Quick and Al Dia in Dallas/Fort Worth, and El D and La Prensa in Riverside. Belo operates more than 30 Web sites associated with its operating companies. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Carey Hendrickson, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6626.