2007 SPJ Awards Winners

The San Diego Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists announced the 2007 Journalism Awards June 28.

This year’s contest entries, which numbered 687, were judged by the SPJ Greater Oregon Pro Chapter and the SPJ Colorado Pro  Chapter.

BEST OF SHOW AWARDS

College: The staff of the Southwestern College Sun

Radio: Amy Isackson of KPBS for “Kidnap”

Television: J.W. August, Lee Swanson, Don Wells and Keith York of  — KGTV for “Our border”

Online: The staff of the North County Times for NCTimes.com

Magazines: S.D. Liddick, San Diego Magazine, Down and Out in Balboa  Park”

Design and Photo: Jamie Scott Lytle of the North County Times for “The  Butterfly Girl”

Nondaily newspaper: Staff of the Southwestern College Sun – Faces of  Immigration

Daily News: William Carless of Voice of San Diego.com “The Forbidden  City”

The Herbert Lockwood “Woody” Award for humor

Honorable Mention: Allison Mason 78Magazine.com It’s a Nightmare

2nd Place: Rachel Laing San Diego Magazine Not a Car in the World

1st Place:  Irv Erdos North County Times New Age Spin on Ancient  Traditions Judges’ Comment: Erdos’ Ham on Wry columns should carry a label that  reads “Warning: Prolonged exposure to this column could become  addictive”. His unique sense of humor shines through this column as well as  others submitted to this contest.

The Sol Price Award

Honorable Mention: Joanna Smiley Today’s Local News Dancing Outside  the Box

2nd Place: Michael Pattinson North County Times Housing Stories

1st Place:  s.d.liddick San Diego Magazine Down and Out in Balboa Park

Judges’ Comment: We’ve seen this kind of story done before, the  reporter trying to live among the homeless, both in print and broadcast. But  we’ve not seen it done with the empathy and decency displayed in this  entry. The writer brings to life a subculture that gets well beyond the  stereotypes that most people hold about the homeless. Well done.

The Diversity Award

Honorable Mention: Jessica Long San Diego Business Journal  International Aid

2nd Place: Leslie Berestein San Diego Union Tribune More Than Just  Latinos Illegally Call U.S. Home

1st Place:  William Carless Voice of San Diego.org The Forbidden City Judges’ Comment: This series is the clear winner. It may be about the  best entry of all the categories in a very strong and competitive field.  Mr. Carless has a nice writing style that combines a sense of history,  compassion for his subject matter and a simply wonderful knack for  detail that could almost be described as cinematic. Bravo.

James Julian Memorial Award

Honorable Mention: Sarah Bates Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News How  Prepared is Fallbrook for a Disaster?

2nd Place: Denis C. Grasska The Southern Cross Mexican Spring Break

1st Place:  Denis C. Grasska The Southern Cross Water for Waslasa  Judges’ Comment: Nice detail on a worthwhile project. Grasska does a  good job of putting the work in context. Wonderful picture also tells  the story.

COLLEGE MEDIA

C-1 Best Newspaper

Honorable Mention: staff of the The Telescope
2nd Place: staff of the City Times
1st Place: staff of the Southwestern College Sun

C-2 News story or series – print

Honorable Mention: Viridiana Pacheco-Isaac Southwestern College Sun

— National City sanctuary showdown

2nd Place: Mitchell Kalb Southwestern College Sun  — Dissident  faculty decry union fees, threaten split
1st Place: Sam Hodgson Daily Aztec  — Weber undermines foundation

C-3 In-depth reporting, story or series – print  Honorable Mention: Stephanie Nehmens Daily Aztec  — Mini-dorm mayhem
2nd Place: staff Southwestern College Sun —  Faces of Immigration  series
1st Place: Mitchell Kalb Southwestern College Sun  — Board rescinds  hiring policy

C-4 Feature story or series – print

Honorable Mention: Stephanie Nehmens Daily Aztec  — Pill-popping  pupils
2nd Place: Vanessa Nevarez Southwestern College Sun

— House of hope

1st Place: Maria Pimental/Lilia Castro Southwestern College Sun  —  Tragedy haunts San Ysidro

C-5 Sports story or series – print

Honorable Mention: Devin Kunysz Daily Aztec  — Women’s tennis
2nd Place: John Scafetta/Matt Null/Abbey Mastraco The Telescope  — Starting over
1st Place: Jon Gold Daily Aztec  — Bottoms up

C-6 Arts/Entertainment story or series – print  Honorable Mention: Maria Pimental Southwestern College Sun  — Former  child..

2nd Place: Angela Hathaway Southwestern College Sun — Silent scream

1st Place: Jon Gold Daily Aztec  — Sports in cinema

C-7 Review/criticism

Honorable Mention: Willie Bans Daily Aztec  — The Strokes
2nd Place: Justin Cooper Southwestern College Sun  — Confessions  require much contrition
1st Place: Jon Gold Daily Aztec —  This ‘Flava’ is getting tasteless

C-8 Column

Honorable Mention: David Vera Southwestern College Sun
2nd Place: Ben Tambaschi Daily Aztec
1st Place: Willie Bans Daily Aztec

C-9 Headline

Honorable Mention: Donnie Boyle The Telescope  — Jihad is on the  march  Honorable Mention: Teresita Capuli/Angela Hathaway Southwestern  College Sun  — No crackpots in great ceramic show
2nd Place: Denise Diaz Southwestern College Sun  — iDance generates  an iPopping performance
1st Place: Sergio Ascencio/Mark Rojas Southwestern College Sun  —  Badminton humbles even the cocky athlete

C-10 Photography – print

Honorable Mention: Russ Scoffin Southwestern College Sun  —  Gooooooal!

Honorable Mention: Scott Landheer City Times  — Competing with the  big fish
2nd Place: Josh Caley Southwestern College Sun  — House of hope
1st Place: Glenn Connelly Daily Aztec

C-11 Layout and Design – print

Honorable Mention: Gabrielle Paciorek Daily Aztec  —

2006 baseball preview

2nd Place: Gabrielle Paciorek Daily Aztec  — Earth Day
1st Place: Sean Bacon Daily Aztec  — Monopoly

C-12 News program – television

1st Place: Paul Choi Palomar College  — North County news show #1

HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST

Brandon Young,Torrey Pines HS

Josh Tidwell, Patrick Henry HS

Johnny Morgan, Patrick Henry HS

RADIO

R-2 Newscast – unedited and no composites
1st Place: Ed Joyce KPBS  — Immigration

R-3 Serious feature story or series

Honorable Mention: Ana Tintocalis KPBS  — English learners
2nd Place: Hedgecock et al KOGO-AM  — 1983 marine barracks bombing
1st Place: Alison St. John KPBS  — Homeland security

R-4 Light feature story or series

Honorable Mention: Beth Accomando KPBS  — Comic con
2nd Place: Kevin Finnerty KOGO-AM  — Halloween restored
1st Place: Kenny Goldberg KPBS  — Hookahs

R-5 Talk/Interview
2nd Place: The Roger Hedgecock Show, Roger Hedgecock, Jimmy Valentine, Megan Macarena Moore and Matt Null KOGO-AM  — Jackie the tranny
1st Place: Roger Hedgecock/Jimmy Valentine/Megan Macarena Moore/Matt Gulbransen  KOGO-AM  — The Roger Hedgecock Show

R-7 Investigative/Enterprise story or series
1st Place: Amy Isackson KPBS  — Kidnap

R-8 Regular beat (submit three examples)

Honorable Mention: Ed Joyce KPBS  — Environment Beat

2nd Place: Kenny Goldberg KPBS  — Health Beat
1st Place: Alison St. John KPBS  — Metro Beat

R-9 Criticism or commentary

Honorable Mention: Cliff Albert KOGO-AM  — Cliff notes on the news
2nd Place: Lee Hamilton KOGO-AM  — One man’s opinion

1st Place: Beth Accomando KPBS  — Cave of the Yellow Dog

R-10 Use of sound

Honorable Mention: Ana Tintocalis KPBS  — Zero gravity
2nd Place: Kevin Finnerty KOGO-AM  — 9/11 remembered

– 5 years later

1st Place: Beth Accomando KPBS  — The descent

R-11 Community service*

1st Place: staff KPBS –Military civilian forum

TELEVISION

T-5 Breaking news story

2nd Place: Steve Fiorina and Erica Simpson  — KGTV  —

Protest Thursday

1st Place: Scott Baird  — Fox6 —  Mother rescues family

T-6 Serious feature story – day of airing

Honorable Mention: John Mattes  — Fox6  — Snake oil

2nd Place: John Mattes and Isaac Cadriel  — Fox6 Legal  — loan sharks

1st Place: J.W. August, Salvador Rivera, Ramon Galendo and Richard Klein  — KGTV  — Medical marijuana

T-7 Serious feature story – preproduced

Honorable Mention: Lauren Reynolds  — KGTV  — Forgotten victim

Honorable Mention: Lauren Reynolds  — KGTV  — The Ross family diary

2nd Place: John Mattes and Chris Maue  — Fox6  — Rotted Marine condos

1st Place: Lauren Reynolds and Michael Gonzales  — KGTV  — Financial realities

T-8 Light feature story – day of airing

Honorable Mention: Kerstin Lindquist and Mike McGregor  — KGTV  — Street scene

2nd Place: Lauren Reynolds  — KGTV  — Gambling pays

1st Place: Lauren Reynolds and Michael Gonzales  — KGTV  — Trolley dances

T-9 Light feature story – preproduced

2nd Place: John Mattes and Chris Maue  — Fox6  — Shrinking parking

1st Place: Felicia Kit and Michael Gonzales  — KGTV  — Home stars

T-10 Sports story or series

1st Place: Marti Emerald/Kristen Castillo/Heidi

Ortiz/J.W. August  — KGTV —  Baseball  card scam

T-11 Regular segment – airing at least weekly

Honorable Mention: Hal Clement  — KGTV  — Our town

2nd Place: Carol LeBeau/Janine Nakama  — KGTV  — Staying healthy

1st Place: Marti Emerald/Kristen Castillo/J.W. August/Heidi Ortiz  — KGTV 10 News

T-12 Investigative/Enterprise story

Honorable Mention: John Mattes  — Fox6  — Phony health care

Honorable Mention: John Mattes and Kevin Dodge  — Fox6  — High flying

2nd Place: Scott Baird and Kris Van Cleave  — Fox6  — Sex offenders in Mexico

1st Place: J.W. August, Ramon Galindo and Thom Jensen  — KGTV  — MV flood zone

T-13 Investigative/Enterprise series

Honorable Mention: John Mattes, Chris Maue, and Rob Kahl  — Fox6  — Used car scam, S. Cal Auto Sales

Honorable Mention: Marti Emerald, J.W. August, Kristen Castillo, Heidi Ortiz, 10 News Investigators  — KGTV  — Airport germs

2nd Place: J.W. August, Salvador Rivera, Michael Gonzales and Christian Cazares  — KGTV  — Baja orphanage

1st Place: J.W. Augus, Mike Howder and Salvador Rivera  — KGTV  — Barrio land deal

T-14 Talk/Interview

1st Place: J.W. August, Lee Swanson, Don Wells and

Keith York  — KGTV  — Our border yes

T-15 Photography – serious feature

1st Place: Chris Maue  — Fox6  — Gang injunctions

T-16 Photography – light feature

2nd Place: Chris Maue  — Fox6  — Shrinking parking

1st Place: Peter C. Regina  — Fox6  — Spelling bee

T-18 Community service*

1st Place: Marti Emerald/Kristen Castillo/J.W.

August/Heidi Ortiz  — KGTV  — Come clean, San Diego

NONDAILY REPORTING AND WRITING

ND-1 Breaking news story

Honorable Mention: W Hotel’s Sale to San Clemente Investors to Close  by Months-End – San Diego Business Journal Connie Lewis
2nd Place: EC Council marries church and state on Channel 24 – The  East County Californian Miriam Raftery and Jack Lane
1st Place: “The End” The Star-News Frank Pruett  Judges’ comments: Great lede, great quotes, very moving –

ND-2 Non-deadline news story

2nd Place: Power lines add high tension to Julian tourism – San Diego  Business Journal Julie Gallant
1st Place: Rainbow water employess reject ‘last, best offer’ – The  Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News Lisa Harpole

ND-3 Feature story or series
Honorable Mention: Vet mauled by dogs – Valley Roadrunner David D.  Ross
Honorable Mention: Meth-related identity thefts – The East County  Californian Andrew Peterson
1st Place: Crime and Punishment: Serving Time at Las Colinas – The  East County Californian  Amanda Selvidio and Jack Lane  Judges’ comments: great in-depth reporting

ND-4 Investigative/Enterprise story or series – single subject*
Honorable Mention: Warrior Band tries to regain momentum – The  Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News Sarah Bates
2nd Place: “Horn files amended disclosure forms” and “Horn hires  attorney to file financial disclosure forms” – Valley Roadrunner Patsy Fritz
1st Place: Castaneda and contributor made tens of thousands together –  The Star-News Frank Pruett

ND-5 Business story or series

Honorable Mention: Flexing their schedules – San Diego Business  Journal Mike Allen
2nd Place: Great walls no longer block deals with China – San Diego  Business Journal Pat Broderick
1st Place: Micro-credit boosting – San Diego Business Journal Mike  Allen  Judges’ comments: Rich with compelling personal stories

ND-6 Real Estate Story

Honorable Mention:  Mike Allen, San Diego Business Journal – Diamond’s Emergence
2nd Place:  Connie Lewis, San Diego Business Journal – Stepping Back in Time
1st Place:  Pat Broderick, San Diego Business Journal – A Market for Mansions  Judges’ comments: A terrific historical overview of the high end real  estate end market, with interesting anecdotes and insights that really  push the story along and solid numbers to back it up.

ND 7 – Science/Technology

Honorable Mention: Connie Lewis: San Diego Business Journal – ‘Study  Correlates Obesity To High Rate Of Childhood Traumas’
2nd Place: Jessica Long, San Diego Business Journal – ‘Genetic Testing  Exposes Insurance Industry To Ethical Dilemmas’
1st Place:  Adriane Tillman, La Jolla Village News – ‘S10 Scientists Spill their  ‘Truth”  Judges’ comments: What a terrific way to localize a story that has  received so much national and international attention. The approach â?”  having leading scientists in client change weigh in on Al Gore’s  controversial documentary â?” was executed masterfully and thoughtfully. A very  interesting and well-written piece.

ND 8 – Education story or series

Honorable Mention: Sarah Bates, Falbrook/Bonsall Village News –  ‘Multi-age Classroom Bridges Learning’
2nd Place: Sarah Bates, Falbrook/Bonsall Village News – ‘Bonsall  Teachers Battle District’
1st Place: Joe Tash, Rancho Santa Fe Review – ‘UC Regent’s Battle  Against RSF School District Called Hypocritical By Some’  Judges’ Comments: A fascinating account detailing efforts by a top  educator to stop a school building project. The reporter did a great job  thoroughly dissecting this story, rightly exploring the university  regent’s personal motivations using lawsuits and other methods to stop the  school project. Well done!

ND-9 Political/Government

Honorable Mention: Connie Lewis, San Diego Business Journal – ‘Gaining  control of hotel tax revenues’
2nd Place: Mandy Jackson, California Real Estate Journal –  ‘Construction, Service Industries Await Immigration Reform’
1st Place: Nicole Sours Larson, The Peninsula Beacon – ‘County Voting  Machines Entrusted to Minors’  Judges’ comments: Wow. Great reporter’s instinct in a new twist to the  the possible problems of electronic voting machines. Great job in  exposing that this is being done, and exploring why this is being done.

ND-10 – Legal

2nd Place: Pat Broderick, San Diego Business Journal – ‘Homes With  Million Dollar’
1st Place: Katie M. Weeks, San Diego Business Journal – ‘Tenet Case  Offers Little Clarity for Medical Field’

ND-11 – Multicultural stories or series
Honorable Mention: Ann Aubrey Hanson, The Southern Cross – Common  Passions lead to reconciliation for Palestinian and Israeli
2nd Place: Jessica Long, San Diego Business Journal – International  Aid
1st Place: Staff, Southwestern College Sun – ‘Faces of immigration’  series  Judges’ comments: Tremendous effort went into this yearlong effort to  seek out and find stories about the area’s wonderfully diverse  population. This is a shining example of how a team of reporters with a vision  and a defined project can really produce a thorough and definitive  package on a topic.

ND-12 – Sports story

Honorable Mention: Phillip Brents, The Star News – Mat Odyssey Comes  full Circle for Father, Son
2nd Place: Connie Lewis, San Diego Business Journal – Surf’s Up and So  are Surfing Lessons
1st Place: Joe Naiman, Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News – Pensayres  brothers to compete in Race Across America  Judges’ comments: Well done. The brothers’ personalities, interspersed  with the details about their upcoming ride in Race Across America,  really come through.

ND-13 – Arts/Entertainment

2nd Place: Jessica Long, San Diego Business Journal – Take 2 For Outta Left Field
1st Place: Nathalie Taylor, Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News – Rich  Minga, Stuntman to the Stars  Judges’ comments: What an entertaining profile of a stuntman! Great  lede!

ND-14 – Review/criticism

Honorable Mention: Charlene Baldridge, La Jolla Village News – LJ  Playhouse Premieres Stirring, Haunting ‘Zhivago’
2nd Place: Beth Accomando, KPBS FM Radio – Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale
1st Place: Phillip Brents, The Star-News – Heroism of Conscience is  applauded  Judges’ comments: An admirable critique of an important film. The  writer clearly did his homework and writes with authority, providing the  reader with a rich history of Hitler and the Third Reich.

ND-15 Opinion/editorial

2nd Place: David D. Ross, Valley Roadrunner – Smokers as a cash cow
1st Place: Jack Lane, The East County Californian – Rep. Duncan’s  Cross to bear  Judges’ comments: Wow. Jack Lane pulls no punches, and that is  refreshing indeed

ND-16 – Column

Honorable Mention: Maryann Castronovo, Culver City News – Blue Pacific  News
2nd Place: Thomas York, San Diego Business Journal
1st Place: Carlos Davalos, The Star-News  Judges’ comments: Entertaining, well researched, reasoned and written.  These columns were a delight to read.

ONLINE

O-1 News site – staff of five or fewer people
1st Place: Paul Taylor, Christina Orlovsky and Carol Burke – nursezone.com

O-2 News site – staff of six or more people
2nd Place: staff – Signonsandiego.com
1st Place: Andrew Kleske and staff – NCTimes.com

O-3 Entertainment site

2nd Place: Staff – signonsandiego.com  — Signonsandiego.com  entertainment guide staff
1st Place: Staff – nctimes.com — Preview magazine

O-4 Multimedia package

Honorable Mention: Jeff Dillon, Kim Perry, Christina Martinez Byvik – signonsandiego.com  — Playing with Layering
2nd Place: Kim Perry – signonsandiego.com San Diego’s  — changing  skyline
1st Place: Yvette de la Garza, Jeff Dillon, Marc Balanky and Anne MacLachlan – signonsandiego.com  — Star of India

O-5 Design

Honorable Mention: Nicholas Ivins  — 78magazine.com
2nd Place: Michael Hilding signonsandiego.com  — Signonsandiego.com entertainment guide
1st Place: Andrew Kleske  — NCTimes.com

O-6 Photography – single photo or series
Honorable Mention: David Brooks signonsandiego.com — Burlesque in  San Diego
2nd Place: Yvette de la Garza signonsandiego.com  — Flying Sams
1st Place: Jeff Dillon signonsandiego.com  — Glass blowers

O-7 Headline
Honorable Mention: Andrew Kleske nctimes.com  — When words  collide-aliens?
2nd Place: Jim Trageser Turbula.net  — Spooky blues
1st Place: Jim Trageser Turbula.net  — Jazz man speaks Marley

O-8 Blog

1st Place: Scott Lewis voiceofsandiego.org  — Scott Lewis on Politics
2nd Place: This Just In staff — voiceofsandiego.org — Madaffer Overbudget
Honorable Mention: staff signonsandiego.com  — Liner Notes

MAGAZINES

M-1 Investigative/Enterprise

Honorable Mention:  s.d. liddick, San Diego Magazine – The Harder they Fall
2nd Place:  Tom Basinski, San Diego Magazine – Hook Line and Sucker
1st Place:  s.d. liddick, San Diego Magazine – Down and Out in Balboa Park  Judges comments: A compelling, well-executed story. In his two week  sojourn on the streets of San Diego, he author does not overly dwell on  his own plight, but rather uses the experience to relay the feel of the  street, tell the stories of more permanent dwellers and share details  that can only be observed from firsthand experience. Incorporating the  overwhelming facts about homelessness in San Diego makes it that much  more powerful. Bravo.

M-2 – Feature story

Honorable Mention:  Eileen Zimmeran, San Diego Magazine – An A+ for Effort
2nd Place:  Bob Rowland, San Diego Magazine – One Too Many for the Road
1st Place:  Rachel Laing, San Diego Magazine – Not a Car in the World  Judges comments: A wonderful first-hand account of what it’s really  like not having a car in San Diego (with two kids!) The flair and style  in this feature really placed it at the top of this highly competitive  category.

M-3 Business story

Honorable Mention:  Brendan Morgan, San Diego Magazine – Sun, Sand & Suds
2nd Place:  Julia Beeson, San Diego Magazine – Planting Roots, Sowing Green
1st Place:  Helen Chang, Pacifica Magazine – The Energy Pioneers  Judges comments: What an innovative and clean approach to presenting a  Who’s who of innovators and pioneers at the forefront of clean energy.  Very readable and chalk full of interesting tidbits. Very well done.

M-4 Real Estate

1st Place:  Thomas K. Arnold, San Diego Magazine – The Real Estate Ride: Still  Looking for a bargain  Judges’ Comments: A very informative overview of the market.

M-5 Health/Science/Tech

Honorable Mention:  Catherine Hockmuth, Defense Technology International Magazine – The  Cutting Edge
2nd Place:  Margie Farnsworth, San Diego Magazine – War Without End
1st Place:  Margie Farnsworth, San Diego Magazine – Life Imitating Sci-Fi  Judges’ comments: A modern day Fantastic Voyage. Great update on the  developments of this fascinating medical technology – and very readable.

M-6 – Sports Story or Series

Honorable Mention:  Christina Orlovsky, Clutch: New Car Dealer’s Association of San Diego  – Driving Mr. Johnson
2nd Place:  Ron Donoho, San Diego Magazine – Jock-ularity 1st place  Tom Cushman, San Diego Magazine – Hitting the Hall  Judges comments: A rich profile of a baseball great. Lots of  interesting anecdotes to keep the reader engaged.

M-7 – Arts/Entertainment

Honorable mention:  Pat Launer, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine – The Life of  Women . . . The Women of Life
2nd Place:  Marcia Manna, San Diego Magazine – Migration Nation
1st Place:  s.d. liddick, San Diego Magazine – The Other Circus  Judges comments: The author captures the sense of this strange circus  scene and art phenomenon with clarity and vivid detail. His description  of Murrugun the Mystic alone is well worth the price of admission.

M-8 Review/Criticism

Honorable mention:  Kirstian Smock, 78 Magazine – Cinephile
2nd Place:  Robin Kleven Dishon, San Diego Magazine – Amarin Thai
1st Place:  Ingrid Wilmot, San Diego Magazine – San Diego Vs. L.A.  Judges comments: What a novel idea, to pit LA and San Diego in a  restaurant duel of sorts. The critic’s broad knowledge of restaurants and  the food scene is evident in this well-executed project.

M-9 Magazine column

2nd Place:  Ame Stargensky, Rancho Magazine – Que Sherpa, Sherpa; Happy  Halloween?; The Thought Doesn’t Count Much
1st Place:  Ron Donoho, San Diego Magazine – Park it Where?/Fair Weather  Fans/Still Reading . . .  Judges comments: Donoho writes with well-researched authority and a  style that really keeps the reader’s attention. The judges really  appreciated the column that tracked down the magazine’s longest-paid  subscriber, and subsequent interview about the publication. Well done.

M-10 Opinion/Editorial

2nd place  Meg Eppel, 78 Magazine – FemBot
1st Place:  Ron Donoho, San Diego Magazine – The Duke of Err  Judges comments: With its strong writing, and clarity of the argument  presented, this is clearly the hands-down winner in this category.

M11 Original magazine illustration

Honorable mention: 78 Cover Art Feb-April 2006 78 Magazine – Nicholas  Ivins
2nd Place: Urban Legends Feb-April 2006 78 Magazine – Nicholas Ivins
1st Place: Cracked Code America Magazine – Lucas Turnbloom  Judges comments: illustration well portrayed the theme of the story

M-12 Photography, magazine

2nd Place: Hitting the Hall 2006 — December San Diego Magazine –  Laurie Miller and Tim Mantoani
1st Place: The Other Circus  San Diego Magazine – Laurie Miller and Max Dolberg  Judges comments: good lead photo, nice use of color, good composition

M13 Headline

1st Who’s Afraid of Amanda Wolfe?

1st 2006 —Feb/April 78 Magazine –  Desmond Barca

M14 Layout and Design  3rd Place: Hook Line and Sucker  2006 — July San Diego Magazine –  Laurie Miller
2nd Place: Up and Down the FM Dial 2006 — April San Diego Magazine -Alyssa Holstrum
1st Place: A+ For Effort San Diego Magazine – Laurie Miller   Judges comments: good use of color, design well illustrates the story  and the lead into the first graph is clear and well-designed despite  that it’s on the third page of the layout

M15 Layout as a whole

Honorable mention: 78 Magazine Feb/April 2006 Edition 78 Magazine -Desmond Barca and Nicholas Ivins
2nd Place: June 2006 Edition San Diego Magazine – Laurie Miller, Heather Eubanks and Alyssa Holstrom
1st Place: August 2006 Edition San Diego Magazine – Laurie Miller, Heather Eubanks and Alyssa Holstrom  Judges comments: good organization; cover story design theme carried through several articles tying them together well

NEWSPAPER DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY & HEADLINES

DP-1 News Design, Single Page Daily

1st Place:  Michael Quinn North County Times

DP-2 Feature Design

Honorable Mention: Cathy Hendrie North County Times Dance Fever
2nd Place:  Loren Nelson North County Times Sports Front Page
1st Place:  Jim Trageser North County Times Preview Cover  Judges’ Comment: Handsome crisp design, good use of wood as  background.

DP-3 News Design, Single Page, non-daily
Honorable Mention: Michael S. Domine San Diego Business Journal Homes  with Million Dollar Views Selling for $300,000 in Mexico
2nd Place:  Michael S. Domine San Diego Business Journal Contractors  Learning to Deal with Competition for Supplies
1st Place:  Michael S. Domine San Diego Business Journal Select  Starwood Team Gives U.S. Grant the White Glove

DP-4 Feature Design, non-daily single page
Honorable mention: Michael S. Domine San Diego Business Journal  Lobbying for Changes
2nd Place:  Michael S. Domine San Diego Business Journal Educational  Contributions
1st Place:  Michael S. Domine San Diego Business Journal Putting  Tribes First  Judges’ Comment: Nice use of color & text

DP-5 Original Drawing or Illustration

Honorable mention: Lucas  Turnbloom The Southern Cross The Hand of Easter
2nd Place:  Lucas Turnbloom North County Times Spotlight on  Proposition 85
1st Place:  Lucas Turnbloom The Southern Cross Seeking the Lost Season

Judges’ Comment: Nice colorful, humorous style

DP-6 News Photo

Honorable Mention: Jamie Scott Lytle North County Times Students Take  to Streets Again
2nd Place:  Waldo Nilo North County Times Supporters, Critics Clash at  Hiring Site
1st Place:  Waldo Nilo North County Times Fallen Soldier Honored  Judges’ Comment: This photo shows the moment from a tough assignment  in a delicately framed image with faces that jump out and engage the  viewer in an effective way.

DP-7 Feature Photo

2nd Place:  Nathalie Taylor Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News Catalina in  the Fall
1st Place:  Hayne Palmour IV North County Times Orchestrating Change  Judges’ Comment: This image is very striking by its composition and  shows the photographer worked to make it a photo from an easily static assignment.

DP-8 Sports Photo

2nd Place:  Waldo Nilo North County Times Padres Accommodate Elderly
1st Place:  Hayne Palmour IV North County Times Steel Hurtin  Judges’ Comment: I believe the peak action and the characters of this  photo compliment the excellence of this image as the best choice for  this category.

DP-9 Photo Essay

2nd Place:  Nathalie Taylor Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News Empty Boots  of Fallen Heroes
1st Place:  Jamie Scott Lytle North County Times The Butterfly Girl  Judges’ Comment: What a beautiful, empathetic, sensitive set of  photographs Lytle has assembled. They are a perfect companion to the story,  bringing it all home in ways that go beyond words. Wonderful work.

DP-10 Headline

1st Place:  James Laurin San Diego Union-Tribune Running the Other Way  for Congress  Judges’ Comment: A clever headline in an otherwise slim field.

DP-11 Feature Headline

Honorable Mention: James Laurin San Diego Union-Tribune PDA CSI
2nd Place:  James Laurin San Diego Union-Tribune Horde of the Rings
1st Place:  Jim Trageser North County Times Bugs – They’re not just  for breakfast anymore  Judges’ Comment: Who could pass up on a story with this headline?  Nicely done.

Newspaper Special Sections

Honorable Mention: Staff/Julie Gallant – San Diego Business Journal –  Unwinding Around Wireless Gadgets

2nd Place: Staff/Julie Gallant – San Diego Business Journal – Stealing  Free Newspapers to Become a Crime

1st Place:  Staff/Julie Gallant – San Diego Business Journal – City  Events Pay Off for Area Business Comment: Nice, clean, crisp  user-friendly design to this section.

DAILY REPORTING AND WRITING

N-1A Breaking News Story Online

2nd Place: Andrew Donohue Voice of San Diego.org – Kroll Report
1st Place:  Andrew Donohue Voice of San Diego.org – SEC Settlement  Judges’ Comment: Here’s a story that lives up to the all-day news  cycle of a big breaking business story. Nice job of providing plenty of  helpful background a little more than two hours after the story broke. The second version shows a furious amount of work told in a manner that remains clear and well organized. Good work.

N-1B Breaking News Story Newspaper

Honorable Mention: William Finn Bennett, Mark Walker, Teri Figueroa  North County Times – ‘Duke’ Gets 8 years, 4 months
2nd Place: Staff North County Times – Thousands Join Boycott
1st Place:  Teri Figueroa & Mark Walker North County Times – Medic  Pleads Guilty, Details Killing  Judges’ Comment: Classic courtroom coverage of a high-profile case. We especially liked the way the writers led into the story, not with a  traditional lead but with a few evocative sentences that set the scene  for a story of a plea. This well-crafted story makes the readers feel as  if they also were in the courtroom. Nicely done.

N-2 Non-deadline News Story

Honorable Mention: William Carless Voice of San Diego – How Much has Tijuana Done to Clean Up its Police Force?
2nd Place: Rob Davis Voice of San Diego.org – The Border’s Pending  Fight
1st Place:  Andrew Donohue Voice of San Diego.org – Finding the Line  Judges’ Comment: In a very strong field with lots of immigration  stories, this piece stood out for its diligence, sharp writing and sense of both the small detail and the bigger picture.

N-3 Feature Story or Series

Honorable Mention: Kelly Bennett Voice of San Diego.org – People at  Work
2nd Place: Brenda Duran North County Times – Butterfly Girl
1st Place:  William Carless Voice of San Diego.com – The Forbidden  City  Judges’ Comment: Judging by this and several other of his entries, Mr.  Carless had a very good year. But this series stands above all of the  others. (See our comments on the Diversity award for this same series).  This is an ambitious project, fully-realized and well-executed on a  most timely subject.

N-4 Investigative/Enterprise Series

Honorable Mention: Rob Davis Voice of San Diego.org – Ghostwriting the  Airport’s Story
2nd Place: Andrew Donohue Voice of San Diego.org – Affordable No More.
1st Place:  William Carless Voice of San Diego.org – Mission Valley –  the Unplanned Neighborhood  Judges’ Comment: Pete Hamill once wrote that “journalists are  remembers of everything”. That’s the job the tribe gave us. This story  demonstrates how a strong grasp of a community’s past can help explain the  problems it confronts today. This is a masterfully written stories that  what goes haywire when a community fails to plan its own future. This  story was the best of a very competitive category.

N-5 Business Story

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Malloy The Daily Transcript – Financial  classes on the horizon for City Council
2nd Place: Dave Downey North County Times – Proposed power line  gambles on the sun
1st Place:  David Hasemyer and David Washburn, San Diego Union-Tribune  – Millions are missing, Fraud? Or just risk?  Judges’ Comment: Investment fraud happens all the time, but this was  an interesting tale worthy of all the time the reporters obviously  invested. Getting people to talk after they’ve been bilked isn’t easy, but  they managed to do it. Only wish that we knew more about alleged scam  artist Norton.

N-6 Daily Real Estate

Honorable Mention: Kelly Bennett Voice of San Diego.org – Mr. Smith  Goes to Market
2nd Place: Rob Davis Voice of San Diego.org – IB’s Pollution Paradox
1st Place:  Roger Showley San Diego Union-Tribune – Zillow: Click or  Miss?  Judges’ Comment: A very good critical look at an emerging Internet  tool that while potentially useful could prove to be misleading. Good  trend reporting in a very competitive category.

N-7 Daily Reporting/Health Story

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Malloy The Daily Transcript Big Papi Goes  Through the Motions
2nd Place: Rob Davis Voice of San Diego.org 2006: The Year of Climate  Change
1st Place:  Christina Orlovsky San Diego Union Tribune The Gift that  Keeps on Giving: Love  Judges’ Comment: What a great idea for a Valentine’s Day feature. This  story is well written and like a box of candy – chock full of  interesting facts.

N-8 Education

Honorable Mention: Sherry Saavedra San Diego Union Tribune – From Naps  to Zombies to Atheism.
2nd Place: Paul Eakins North County Times – Feeling the Effects
1st Place:  Chris Moran San Diego Union Tribune – Is Senior Victim of  Own Success Over Portfolio  Judges’ Comment: Fascinating story on a bright but difficult student  bent on testing the limits of free expression and school policy.

N-9 Political/Government, Daily Reporting/Writing
Honorable Mention: Andrew Donohue Voice of San Diego.com – Still  Wearing the Pants
2nd Place: Evan McLaughlin, Daniel Strumpf Voice of San Diego.org –  San Diego Wrestles with Military Past
1st Place:  Evan McLaughlin Voice of San Diego.org – Board Stiff  Judges’ Comment: A well-written explanation of how a small group of  entrenched supervisors are able to completely dominate San Diego County.

N-10 Legal story or Series

Honorable Mention: William Carless Voiceofsandiego.org – I made the wrong turn

3rd Place: Mark Walker North County Times – Shadow of Haditha

2nd Place:  Rachel Laing San Diego Union-Tribune – Alvarado Mistrial  Judges’ Comment: Anyone who covers an 11-month trial deserves an award simply for perseverance. But more than that, Laing took a complicated legal subject and explained it clearly, showing the impact the case already was having on the local health care industry and the difficultiesboth sides had in getting a victory. The follow-up story, going inside the jury deliberations, shed important light on why things took so long, and whether it would be worth trying again.

1st: Onell R. Soto “The Cunningham Scandal” San Diego Union-Tribune   Comments: Although these articles, in theory, were simply about the sentencing of convicted former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham, they went well beyond the issue of how many years Cunningham would serve in jail. The reporter delved into the papers filed by the prosecution and  defense to reveal fascinating details about Cunningham’s misdeeds, and even a defense-sponsored psychiatric profile of the Congressman, that had not previously been disclosed.

N-11 Multicultural Story

Honorable Mention: Shayna Chabner North County Times – Medicine Man
2nd Place: Leslie Berestein San Diego Union Tribune – The Not So Great  Outdoors
1st Place:  Rob Davis Voice of San Diego.org – Taming Tijuana’s Toxic  Legacy  Judges’ Comment: A good example of watchdog journalism in which a  failed business can have an impact on the land and lives of people in more  than one country. The story also looks at the shortcomings of a  government entity that was supposed to address such impacts and hasn’t.

N-12 Sports Story

2nd Place: Mike Klitzing, Mike Sullivan, Jay Paris North County Times  – Special Report: the Stadium Dilemma
1st Place:  Brian Hiro North County Times – Object of Affection  Judges’ Comment: A home run. What a great and novel way to write about one of the odd quirks of baseball and player’s superstitions. I  consider myself a knowledgeable fan, but I learned a lot from reading this story.

N-13 Arts and Entertainment

Honorable mention: Jim Trageser North County Times  Holbrook still learning from Twain after 52 years

2nd Place: Cathy Robbins Voice of San Diego.org Summerfest lets us pull the plug on classical
1st Place: Joanna Smiley Today’s Local News Weapons of Mass Expression Comment: Smiley spins a hopeful yet sad and ironic tale of Marine rappers caught up in the Iraq War, traumatized by the conflict, but yet aiming for a break in the music industry and getting their crack performing at their military base. Very interesting and nice piece.

N-14 Review/Criticism

Honorable Mention: Jim Trageser North County Times – Classic Country  Sounds
2nd Place: Jim Trageser North County Times – Lindsey Buckingham CD  Review
1st Place:  Cathy Robbins Voice of San Diego.org – Collecting Indians  Judges’ Comment: Robbins article on the photography was engaging and  easy to read. Her writing describing the photographs and the history  behind them was exquisite.

N-15/ Op-ed

Honorable Mention: Michael Pattinson North County Times – Disaster  that Didn’t Happen
2nd Place: Voice of San Diego.org staff
1st Place:  Michael Pattinson North County Times – No Growth Results  in Higher Tax Burden  Judges’ Comment: Nice job on connecting the dots for readers between stories on growth and why schools have to be shut down.

N-16 Column

Honorable Mention: Andrew Kleske – North County Times
2nd Place: Catherine Hockmuth Married & Mortgaged – voiceofsandiego.org
1st Place:  Scott Lewis – VoiceOfSanDiego.org  Judges’ Comment: Scott Lewis offers strong reasoning to back up his  opinions.

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