And the weekly winners are:

Well, for a while there it seemed like it wasn’t going to happen – but here they finally are, the last batch of alternative news weekly award winners in this year’s Region 10 contest. Certificates and trophies will be ordered right away and they will be mailed directly to winners.

I’m terribly sorry that it’s taken so long to get here and I know I’ve upset people with the unreasonably long wait for these results. Please allow me to explain a few things:

The man in my life was diagnosed with prostate cancer very soon after we launched the contest. What was supposed to have been a quick outpatient surgery turned into a five-day hospital stay and an excruciatingly complicated and long recovery process that featured me as the full-time caregiver.

The cancer diagnosis unfortunately coincided with my first term as contest manager as well as the retirement of our trusted contest coordinator. This proved a disastrous trinity and exposed a flaw in our contest system: we don’t have a backup plan – there was nobody I could hand the reins to.

I am sure some of you question my commitment to the contest and to SPJ, and there may not be much I can do about that, except to tell you that I spent hundreds of hours trying to pull this off and I’m truly sorry I’ve let you down.

I couldn’t have finished the job without the help of SPJ President Dana Neuts and exceptional HQ chapter coordinator Tara Puckey.

And guys, when your doctor says it’s time to check your PSA just do it – a cancer diagnosis is tough enough to deal when it doesn’t surprise you. Pia 

 

 WEEKLY WINNERS: 

 

D4 – Alternative Weeklies (10,000+ circ.) – Government and Political Reporting

First Place – Evolution of Food – Lisa Waananen & Deanna Pan, Pacific Northwest Inlander

Second Place – Goofus and Gallant Go To City Hall – Aaron Mesh, Willamette Week

Third Place – Ire of the Tiger: the Legacy of Wayne Morse – Camilla Mortensen, Eugene Weekly

 

D5 – Alternative Weeklies (10,000+ circ.) – Environment and Science Reporting

First Place – Climate is the Disaster – Camilla Mortensen, Eugene Weekly

Second Place – Silence of the Hives – Deanna Pan, Pacific Northwest Inlander

Third Place – The GMO Apple the Industry Hates – Nina Shapiro, Seattle Weekly

 

D7 – Alternative Weeklies (10,000+ circ.) – Social Issues Reporting

First Place – The Cake Wars – Martin Cizmar, Willamette Week

Second Place – The Real World Portland – Pete Cottell, Willamette Week

Third Place – Down to the bones – Jessica Mayrer, Missoula Independent

 

D9 – Alternative Weeklies (10,000+ circ.) – Arts Reporting

First Place – Last of the Sad Bastards – Matthew Singer, Willamette Week

Second Place – In Search of the Mystics – Kelton Sears, Seattle Weekly

Third Place – What’s so funny about the 1491s? – Jamie Rogers, Missoula Independent

 

D10 – Alternative Weeklies (10,000+ circ.) – Lifestyles Reporting

First Place – Killing Me Softly – Matthew Korfhage, Willamette Week

Second Place – Shoot to thrill – Erika Fredrickson, Missoula Independent

Third Place – How We Got Here – Lisa Waananen, Pacific Northwest Inlander

 

D11 – Alternative Weeklies (10,000+ circ.) – Personalities Reporting

First Place – The Gasman’s New Game – Matt Driscoll, Seattle Weekly

Second Place – More than just the money – Jason Cruz, Northwest Asian Weekly

Third Place – Freedom From the Line – Dameon Pesanti, Missoula Independent

 

D12 – Alternative Weeklies (10,000+ circ.) – Critiques & Reviews

First Place – The Wristbandification of Classical Music – Gavin Borchert, Seattle Weekly

Second Place – Hangover Mad Libs – Matthew Singer, Willamette Week

Third Place – Visual Arts: Buster Simpson at the Frye – Brian Miller, Seattle Weekly

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Region 10 contest results followup

Blaming a big mistake on the computer seems like a copout, but it is nevertheless what happened. We had a lot of technical problems running the contest this year.

The biggest issue was that some of our contest categories didn’t migrate to the judging round as they should have. We became aware of this a week prior to the awards being announced. We immediately sent the categories out to judges, but it was too late to get them done in time.

In hindsight, I should have handled this with a public announcement as soon as we found out, but I was more focused on getting things done. I am sincerely sorry for the inconvenience and hurt feelings the missing categories caused Saturday evening, and I ask you to please be understanding.

The missing categories are being judged and results will be announced here and directly to the winners as soon as we have them. Please know that we are working hard on solving the issues we had this year and will do our best to not repeat them.

Awards distribution: Our Region 10 is geographically huge with a limited number of chapters. This year, there were award banquets in Seattle and Portland. All awards for members of those two chapters (as well as freelancers and news outlets obviously located in those areas) were shipped to banquet organizers.

Everything else is arriving here in Spokane, from where it will be mailed to winners in Montana, Alaska, Idaho and Eastern and Southern Washington.

Awards will be mailed to the address we have in the online system. If you are a freelancer and submitted your own work, the award will come directly to you. If a media outlet submitted your work on behalf of you, then the award will be mailed to that media outlet.

Thank you for your ongoing support of SPJ and Region 10.

PS. Our contest requires three or more entries in a category for it to be judged – we had nearly 30 categories without enough entries. If your category was canceled for lack of entries, then you will get your money back.

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SPJ REGION 10 CONTEST RESULTS ANNOUNCED

We are announcing the results of our annual contest tonight (May 17) – more than 1,800 entries were judged over the past two months, by patient and thorough judges in Long Island, Indiana, Oklahoma and Utah.
They sorted through mountains of outstanding and highly competitive work to pick the winners listed here tonight. Thank you to all who entered and to everyone who helped us through this process – congratulations!

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Not a member yet?

Here’s the form you need to sign up – spj member form

 

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Region 10 awards…

… will be released tomorrow, Saturday May 17. If you aren’t going to one of the events in Portland or Seattle, check this blog after 9 p.m. for your own copy of the awards booklet. Good luck to you all!

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And the Region 10 contest is live

Whew – it’s been a bit of a steep learning curve here, but we should be good to go. To enter the 2013 SPJ Region 10 Excellence in Journalism contest please visit http://www.reg10spjcontest.com

The categories and entry prices are the same as last year. The deadline is February 19 – please meet the deadline. Please.
Some of you have a three-day weekend coming up and the stuff you are submitting was already published – please don’t procrastinate.

We have a new contest coordinator. Her name is Lorna Walsh and she is a communications professional here in Spokane. She was one of a handful of people who were interested in the job, and we are looking forward to working with her.
For now, your best contact for contest questions is Regional Director Pia Hallenberg – reach her at piah@spokesman.com

We received more than 2,000 entries last year and are excited to see what you will be sending us this year. Remember, only entries published and broadcast in 2013 are eligible.

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The Region 10 Contest is coming your way -

- so now is a good time for you to start looking for contest entries, as I get things lined up with Omni and what have you.

The deadline this year is Feb. 19 at noon, PST. The website should be up and running by the weekend – I need to work out a few kinks, but we are almost there. This, of course, doesn’t mean that you can’t start getting your ducks in a row.

As you consider which stories and pictures to submit this year and reflect on what it means to you to participate and perhaps win something, please consider giving back to SPJ by volunteering to judge some of the entries we will be receiving in the judge swap.

Email Regional Director Pia Hallenberg at piah@spokesman.com to volunteer.

The results will be released on May 17 – and here’s some good news for those on the east side of Region 10: there will be an awards banquet in Spokane this year. It will be on May 24 and I really hope you will come and join us. Stay tuned for details.

 

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Is it ever okay to hug the journalist?

Friend and Spokane freelance writer Jill Barville wrote an interesting blog post about whether it’s ever okay for a source to hug the journalist.

On her blog, 3Rs, she writes:

Once I overheard a fellow reporter say, “there are no hugs in journalism.” This gave me pause. During my career I’ve written about more topics than I can recall but they tend to fall in four basic categories: business, technology, health and people.

Business and technology interviews are always hug-free and most of the other interviews are as well, especially telephone interviews. Those never have hugs.

But some of the stories are much more personal than what company made the latest, greatest widget – the woman who was switched at birth in the hospital, the baby who received a bone marrow transplant, the recovering drug addict, the abused girlfriend, the survivor whose family was murdered, the mom who couldn’t afford Christmas presents.

Are feature stories more hug-inducing? Read the rest of Jill’s blog  post here: http://jillbarville.com/2013/10/20/journalisthug/

And what do you think? Is it okay to hug the reporter?

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Financial news and deputy sought

I would like to let you all know that the official Region 10 bank account has been moved over to US Bank – and it retains the signatures of yours truly and immediate past Region 10 director, Ian Marquand. On a beautiful fall trip to Helena, Montana, about 10 days ago, I signed the appropriate papers together with Ian and made the transaction. That took all of five minutes – after my six hour drive – and was followed by a great Montana steak dinner later in the evening.

As I mentioned at our regional meeting at the Anaheim convention, I will be looking for a deputy regional director to help me take care of business and the contest. Volunteers can email me at piah@spokesman.com – I’m in Spokane, but the deputy doesn’t necessarily have to be nearby as long as he or she is in Region 10, of course.

Enjoy your weekends out there.

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Here’s the updated 2012 SPJ Region 10 awards booklet

Per request – here’s the final edition of the awards booklet from this spring 2012 Region X Awards Booklet FINAL 9-13

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