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.
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
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
Honorable Mention: David Vera Southwestern College Sun
2nd Place: Ben Tambaschi Daily Aztec
1st Place: Willie Bans Daily Aztec
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
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
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
T-5 Breaking news story
2nd Place: Steve Fiorina and Erica Simpson — KGTV —
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.