Congratulations Mark of Excellence Winners!

Congratulations to all the student journalists who entered this year’s Mark of Excellence Awards! See the full list of winners and finalists below. First place winners will compete for national awards, which will be announced at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim (Sep 7–9).

MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.

School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.

There are a two options to pick up your awards. You can pick up your award at either the Region 10 Conference in Portland on May 6 or at the Washington Collegiate Conference in Seattle, also on May 6. If you want to pick up your award in person, you must notify region 10 director Ethan Chung which conference you plan to attend no later than May 1 so he can make sure your award is available at the proper conference. Any awards not picked up will be mailed to advisors.

The list below details all Region 10 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Abbi Martzall via email or phone at 317-920-4791.

Art / Graphics
Breaking News Photography (Large)
Winner: Black Minds Matter – by McKenzie Lakey, Central Washington University
Finalist: Body found in Student Housing – by Lacey Young, University of Montana

Breaking News Photography (Small)
Winner: Champions at Last – by Annika Gordon, University of Portland
Finalist: Hot Topic – by Gavin Doremus, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Eye on the Prize – by Ryan Sullivan, Gonzaga University

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: Editorial cartoons – by Nick Sandifer, Washington State University
Finalist: Northwest Icons – by Christian Forde and Annie Robertson, Peninsula College

Feature Photography (Large)
Winner: Seafair Party – by Lacey Young, University of Montana
Finalist: Inside Detention Center (Four Photos) – by Adam McCaw, University of Montana
Finalist: Carrying the Flag – by Tailyr Irvine, University of Montana

Feature Photography (Small)
Winner: UP snowpocalypse 2016 – by Annika Gordon, University of Portland
Finalist: Night of Musical Theatre review – by Oliver Johnson, Pacific Lutheran University
Finalist: Herculean effort aids poverty stricken children developing country – by Chris Urquia, Peninsula College

General News Photography (Large)
Winner: Life Inside the Lewis and Clark County Detention Center – by Adam McCaw, University of Montana
Finalist: Assault victim photo – by Luke Hollister, Washington State University
Finalist: Check Station: Big Elk at first weekend of hunting season – by Kira Vercruyssen, University of Montana

General News Photography (Small)
Winner: Dancing for a Cause – by Gavin Doremus, Gonzaga University

Photo Illustration (Large)
Winner: Dad’s Weekend – by Andrew Lang, Washington State University

Photo Illustration (Small)
Winner: “Every Man A Lute?” Photos – by Oliver Johnson, Pacific Lutheran University
Finalist: “We’re Still Students” – by Jack Lambert and Taylor Morrell, Central Washington University

Sports Photography (Large)
Winner: Celebrate Winning Touchdown in State Championship – by Kira Vercruyssen, University of Montana
Finalist: Fighting for the Puck – by Will McKnight, University of Montana
Finalist: Timmy Hernandez dives for touchdown catch – by Zbignew Sikora, Oregon State University

Sports Photography (Small)
Winner: Technical Foul – by Matt Weigand, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Celebration – by Libby Kamrowski, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Wiltjer from Deep – by Austin Ilg, Gonzaga University

Magazines
Best Student Magazine
Winner: Blot October 2016 – by Blot staff, University of Idaho
Finalist: Beaver’s Digest – by Staff of Beaver’s Digest, Oregon State University
Finalist: Klipsun Magazine “Impact” Issue – by Klipsun Magazine Staff, Western Washington University

Non-Fiction Magazine Article
Winner: Sexual Assault: What’s Behind the Rise in Reports on Campus? – by Simone Corbett, Nicole Trejo-Valli, Bailee Wicks, Bailey Williams, Central Washington University
Finalist: Faith Space – by Brooke Thames, Pacific Lutheran University
Finalist: Bracing for Change – by Sarah Climaco and Evan Keen, Western Washington University

Newspapers
Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Daily Evergreen – by The Daily Evergreen staff, Washington State University
Finalist: The Daily Barometer – by Staff of The Daily Barometer, Oregon State University

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Western Front – by Staff, Western Washington University
Finalist: CWU Observer – by Observer Staff, Central Washington University
Finalist: Three Issues of the Sentinel – by Staff, North Idaho College

Breaking News Reporting (Large)
Winner: Standing Rock: No pipeline – by Olivia Vanni, University of Montana
Finalist: Trump wall on the mall – by Dan Doucet and Jessica Zhou, Washington State University
Finalist: Shooting at Cascade Mall in Burlington – by Alyssa Evans, Western Washington University

Breaking News Reporting (Small)
Winner: Gonzaga hires recently fired Mizzou professor Melissa Click – by Andy Buhler and Kiki Serantes, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Students Protest Sexual Assault Clare Duffy, Hannah Baade University of Portland
Finalist: Gonzaga point guard Josh Perkins arrested on DUI charge, police documents say – by Andy Buhler, Gonzaga University

Editorial Writing
Winner: Montana Kaimin editorials – by Michael Siebert with the Montana Kaimin editorial board, University of Montana
Finalist: Fall 2016 editorials – by The Daily Evergreen Editorial Board, Washington State University
Finalist: Daily Barometer Editorials – by The Daily Barometer Editors, Oregon State University

Feature Writing (Large)
Winner: Missoula’s meth homes: How a group of UM students discovered Montana’s arbitrary toxicity laws – by Kasey Bubnash, University of Montana
Finalist: A Better Bee – by Russ Walsh, Washington State University
Finalist: Ham radio buffs in Blaine dedicate themselves to community service – by Sarah Sharp, Western Washington University

Feature Writing (Small)
Winner: Students dig up America’s racist past – by Jenna Rossiter, Clare Duffy, University of Portland
Finalist: No, it’s not okay to kill your children – by Julianna Siemssen, University of Washington Tacoma
Finalist: Johnnie Duguay among women breaking norms of firefighting industry – by Kiki Serantes, Gonzaga University

General Column Writing (Large)
Winner: Columns by Darian Dovgan – by Darian Dovgan, University of Montana
Finalist: Opinion column award submissions – by Tyler Laferriere, Washington State University

General Column Writing (Small)
Winner: Political Comments – by Ian Gephart, Seattle Pacific University
Finalist: Common Science – by Rachael Snodgrass, Gonzaga University
Finalist: UW Tacoma’s Strategic Plan – by Angela Suresh, University of Washington Tacoma

General News Reporting (Large)
Winner: A Second Chance – by Jonathan Glover, Central Washington University
Finalist: OSU Declared a Sanctuary University – by Ellie Magnuson, Lauren Sluss, Amy Schwartz, Oregon State University
Finalist: Candlelight Vigil – by Tailyr Irvine, University of Montana

General News Reporting (Small)
Winner: Disconnected: Black students on The Bluff feel they don’t belong – by Malika Andrews, University of Portland
Finalist: Details emerge on multiple campus sexual assaults – by Taryn Eastwood, North Idaho College
Finalist: News Voices Act aims at freedom of speech – by Judah Breitbach and Giovanni Roverso, Peninsula College

In-Depth Reporting (Large)
Winner: When existence is a misdemeanor – by Julia-Grace Sanders, University of Washington

In-Depth Reporting (Small)
Winner: Lawyer: WWU DEFIES LABOR LAW – by Kjell Redal, Western Washington University
Finalist: With absence of Hispanic culture at SPU, students seek community – by Manola Secaira, Seattle Pacific University
Finalist: Sexual assault case puts student conduct policy, public safety department under scrutiny – by Clare Duffy, Malika Andrews, Rachel Rippetoe, Annika Gordon, University of Portland

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Brian Rathbone sports columns – by Brian Rathbone, Oregon State University
Finalist: What the Fantasy Football? – by Brittney Bulawa, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Views from the 406 – by Jackson Wagner, University of Montana

Sports Writing (Large)
Winner: Finding Feller: A family on and off the court – by Sojin Josephson, University of Montana
Finalist: Treat it like an injury – by Kasey Bubnash, University of Montana
Finalist: From Cuba to Wenatchee – by Kelsey Jones, Washington State University

Sports Writing (Small)
Winner: Men’s rowing walk-on reawakens competitive spirit on the water – by Justin Wiens, Gonzaga University
Finalist: Eric Reveno says goodbye to Pilots basketball – by Malika Andrews, University of Portland
Finalist: Family Business: Terry Porter and two sons eye new era of Pilot hoops – by Malika Andrews, University of Portland

Online
Best Affiliated Website
Winner: Framing a Movement: The Media at Standing Rock – by Montana Journalism Review, University of Montana
Finalist: cwupulse.com – by Nicole Trejo-Valli, Mandi Ringgenberg, Bailey Williams, Jack Lambert, Central Washington University
Finalist: The Gonzaga Bulletin – by Andy Buhler, Josh Horton and Carley Schmidt, Gonzaga University

Best Digital-Only Student Publication
Winner: The Beacon – by The Beacon staff, University of Portland
Finalist: OR Magazine: The Solutions Issue – by Staff of OR Magazine, University of Oregon

Best Independent Online Student Publication
Winner: Across the Divide: Montana’s tribes navigate politics and progress – by Staff, University of Montana

Best Use of Multimedia
Winner: Engendering Equal Education – by Michaela Giunchigliani, Judy Holtz, Delaney Engle, University of Oregon
Finalist: Pastor Adam Phillips – by Zach Putnam, David MacKay – by University of Oregon
Finalist: River campus: messy history with a bright future – by Cheyenne Schoen, Jeff Braccia, University of Portland

Online Feature Reporting
Winner: Against the Grain – by Erin Hampton, Angelina Hess, Michaela Giunchigliani, Meerah Powell, University of Oregon
Finalist: Barred By Blood – by Hunter Pauli, Jake Green, University of Montana
Finalist: Little Shell: The final throes of seeking Federal Acknowledgement – by Christopher Reed, Matt Roberts, University of Montana

Online In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Framing a Movement: The Media at Standing Rock – by Kathleen Stone, Matt Roberts, Olivia Vanni, Kira Vercruyssen, University of Montana
Finalist: Sexual assault case sparks protests and scrutiny – by Clare Duffy, Malika Andrews, Rachel Rippetoe, Hannah Baade, Jenna Rossiter, University of Portland
Finalist: The Kenton Lead Blob – by Zach Putnam, Richard Percy, David MacKay, University of Oregon

Online News Reporting
Winner: Portland shark attack survivor begins to pick up the pieces – by Rachel Rippetoe, University of Portland
Finalist: Students protest sexual assault as guests arrive at donor dinner – by Clare Duffy, Hannah Baade University of Portland
Finalist: Election night brings students to protest – by Rhiannon Berg, Mast Media Staff, Pacific Lutheran University

Online Sports Reporting
Winner: Running to Rio – by Chad Sokol, Washington State University
Finalist: Western Women’s Soccer wins National Championship – by Evan Elliott (Morgan Stilp-Allen photographs), Western Washington University

Radio
Radio Feature
Winner: Yellow Cedars – by Jesse Nichols, Western Washington University
Finalist: Hike it, baby – by Matt Blois, University of Montana
Finalist: Pulse Radio – Interview with Vanessa Cruz – by Mandi Ringgenberg, Matt Morse, Vanessa Cruz, Bailey Williams, Central Washington University

Radio News Reporting
Winner: Mortality in the Magic Spot – by Nora Saks, University of Montana
Finalist: Stream Team – by Noah Rott, University of Montana
Finalist: Day of the Dead – by Lacey Young, University of Montana

Radio Sports Reporting
Winner: Sport Specialization – by Maria Anderson, University of Montana
Finalist: Chillin’ with the Cougs – by Evan Baron, Christopher Kidd, Kolby Crossley, Washington State University

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Winner: The Haunting-Episodes 1-3 – by Meri DeMarois, Daylen Turk, University of Montana
Finalist: Where are all the Young Falconers? – by Matt Blois, University of Montana

Television
Best All-Around Television Newscast
Winner: UM News 11-4-2016 UM News Class- fall 2016 University of Montana
Finalist: Murrow News 8 12/9/2016 – by Producer: Kyle Simchuk Director: Alex Simpson, Washington State University
Finalist: News at Nine – October 19, 2016 – by Mast Media Staff, Pacific Lutheran University

Television Breaking News Reporting
Winner: Trump Wall – by Brookelynn Graditi, Washington State University

Television Feature Reporting
Winner: Extreme Slacklining – by Tasha Cain and Chelsea Reichard, University of Montana
Finalist: SpectrUM Mobile – by Jack Ginsburg and Grant Herzog, University of Montana
Finalist: A Day in the Park – by Taylor Graham, Washington State University

Television General News Reporting
Winner: WSU Women Harassed via Social Media – by Nicole Clements, Washington State University
Finalist: DRA Realty – by Taylor Graham, Washington State University
Finalist: Concussion Research – by Braly Whisler, University of Montana

Television In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Aging Out: Autism in Montana – by 2016 Documentary Unit-School of Journalism-University of Montana, University of Montana
Finalist: Journalism and Trauma – by McKayla Fox, Paige Schoengarth, Marc Wai, David Palmer, Washington State University
Finalist: Changing Currents: Protecting North America’s Rivers – by John Struzenberg, Rachel Lovrovich, Kelly Lavelle, Joshua Wiersma, Pacific Lutheran University

Television News and Feature Photography
Winner: Slacklining Takes Extreme Heights – by Chelsea Reichard, Tasha Cain, University of Montana

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: Jasmin Edwards Profile – by Jake Nelson, Central Washington University
Finalist: WSU fencing team – by Cody Kallinen, Washington State University
Finalist: Game Attendance – by Mast Media staff, Pacific Lutheran University


Conference Announcements

We have two fantastic conferences to announce!

The annual Region 10 conference will take place on May 6 in Portland at the Eliot Center. The “Build a Better Journalist” conference, hosted by the SPJ Oregon Territory Chapter, will bring together journalists from across Region 10 for a day of workshops, panels, and industry discussion. Tickets are $20–$25 and includes light breakfast and catered lunch.

Click here for more details, and purchase tickets here.

Also on May 6 is the Washington Collegiate Journalism Conference at University of Washington in Seattle. The conference is open to student journalists from across the region and will include lunch and a tour of The Daily Newsroom, topics geared toward student journalists, and a keynote speech from KING5’s chief investigative reporter Susannah Frame. Tickets for the college conference are just $12.

Click here for more details, and purchase tickets here.

Typically Mark of Excellence awards are distributed at the Region 10 conference, but this year they will be available at the Washington Collegiate Journalism Conference. Please note that students are welcome to attend either event, but if you plan on attending the Region 10 conference in Portland, email Region 10 director Ethan Chung by May 1 so he can have your MOE award available. If MOE winners do not choose to attend a conference, their MOE awards will be mailed to their student chapter advisors.


Contest deadline extended!

Final Deadline: Friday, February 10 at 5 p.m.

The 2016 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest deadline has been extended!

Click here to enter.

Note that contest categories and structure have changed. The contest committee will receive a high volume of questions as we get closer to the end date, so please get your entries in well before this deadline—doing so will help us ensure your entries are accurate.

We are using the same platform as last year’s competition (BetterBNC), so if you entered last year, your login information is the same.

If you are new to the contest, here is a handy visual guide that walks you through the process.

Click here to read the full rules and eligibility.

For questions or help entering the contest, contact the contest committee here.

Good luck!


Contest Rules and Eligibility

Below is an FAQ, plus rules, eligibility, and categories for the 2016 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest. Click here to enter. For questions or help, please email the contest committee. We will do our best to reply within 24 hours.

ENTRY FEES & PAYMENT
All entries are $20 each, for both SPJ members and nonmembers. General Excellence entries are $50 each. All payments will be online this year, using a credit card or Paypal account.

ELIGIBILITY
Who is eligible to enter the 2016 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest?

Anyone who lives within Region 10 (Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana) and has had professional journalistic work published in the region is eligible. For example, if a wire service edits a piece written in Oregon, the piece is eligible for entry into the contest. Send us an email at spjnwcontest@gmail.com if you need more clarity.

I am a student journalist. Can I enter this contest?

Students may only enter work published in professional media. Work published in college publications is not eligible.

ENTRIES

How many entries can an individual submit?

There’s no limit to the number of entries you may submit, just pay close attention to the category description for specific entry requirements. (E.g. When an entry specifies “one photo,” that means one photo should be submitted per entry.)

How many categories can I enter?

There is no limit to the number of categories you may enter. You may submit the same entry in two different categories if it fits the description of each category. You must fill out an entry form for each entry that you provide. One piece/story/item may win in multiple categories in the contest.

Can an editor, publisher or administrative staff member submit entries for multiple entrants?

Yes. They can register as an entrant and then submit work on behalf of others.

What size category do I enter?

First, please note that this year Writing, Photography and Design categories are broken up into three size categories. Audio and Visual categories are broken up into two size categories. Your organization may be a “medium” in writing competitions but a “large” in video. Your organization’s staff size is its number of full-time (or full-time equivalent) news/editorial employees, including reporters, photographers, sports, editors, designers, etc. For instance, an organization with 15 full-time writers, one half-time photographer, and two three-quarter-time copy editors would have 17 staff members. (If you’re unsure, please check with a manager or administrator in the company to avoid any confusion. Entries submitted in the wrong size category will be disqualified.)

Staff counts include digital producers and engineers but do not include people in sales or distribution, interns or non-staff freelancers. Email spjnwcontest@gmail.com with questions.

Can anyone enter the LARGE category?

Yes. Any entry can be submitted into the large category by any organization, but the same entry cannot also be entered into a smaller size category. Any entries incorrectly submitted into a small or medium category will be disqualified.

I am a freelancer. When setting up your contest profile, what do I use for Organization?

Please enter “Freelance” when creating your contest profile. Specify the name of the organization for each specific entry.

I am a freelancer. How do I determine the size category in which to enter my work?

Please reach out to the organization that published your work for their staff size.

I have an entry to submit that is located behind a paywall. Is this OK?

If you have an entry behind a paywall, you MUST provide a viable username and password so that judges can access it. If you are unable to provide viable access to the entry, your entry will be disqualified.

Can I submit photo outtakes from a 2016 photo shoot that were not published?

No. To be eligible for entry, all submitted work must have been published either in print or online within the eligibility year.

I am uploading a published article or column. What file types do you accept?

You can upload *.pdf, *.doc or *.txt files. Our preference is *.pdf so we can see the article as it originally appeared online or in print.

I am uploading photos. What file types do you accept? Are there size or resolution restrictions?

Most photo file types are acceptable, such as .jpg and .png. File sizes are restricted to 20 megabytes. If you need more space, feel free to upload items to a file hosting service like Dropbox or Google Drive and paste the link in your submission.

My video file is too large. It won’t upload.

If your video is not available through your media organization’s website, upload it to a site like Vimeo or YouTube and post the URL with your entry instead.

Are all entries being submitted online this year?

Yes.

In photo categories, how much editing is allowed for a photo to be eligible?

All visuals entries, except Graphics & Illustrations, must adhere to the NPPA Code of Ethics. Excessive editing or manipulation is not allowed in visual categories.

NOTE: Please be accurate with your contest entry information. The entry title, classification, category, contributor name and company name will appear on your award. If you are entering this contest on behalf of someone else, be sure to enter the correct name into the entrant/contributor info.

JUDGING

Do all entries proceed to judging?

Not automatically. We require that each category have at least three entries before proceeding to judging. If we don’t have at least three entries, we will disqualify that category and issue refunds to the entrants.

Who judges our entries and determines the winners?

We secure journalists outside of Region 10 to judge our entries. Judges are responsible for organizing a panel for their assigned categories to complete judging. Entries are sent to them on or near March 1 for judging, with results due back to us on or near April 1.

WINNERS

How will I know if I’ve won?

If you’ve won an award, you will receive an email notification in early May.

What places will be awarded this year?

We will award a trophy to the first place winner and a certificate to the runner up in each category. There will be no ties or honorable mentions. If our judges believe that no entry is worthy of an award in a particular category, none will be given.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be announced online sometime between May and June and at the respective annual banquets held by the Western Washington and the Oregon Territory chapters. Both the Western Washington and Oregon Territory Pro Chapters will host awards ceremonies for their area winners. Contact your local chapter president to find out how awards will be handled. If you do not have a local chapter, your awards will be mailed to the address submitted with your entry.

LIST OF CATEGORIES

WRITING, PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN
(1st place and runner up winners in SMALL, MEDIUM AND LARGE)

SMALL: For an entrant to be considered “small,” the organization must have 15 or fewer FTE newsroom employees.

MEDIUM: For an entrant to be considered “medium,” the organization must have between 16 and 49 FTE newsroom employees.

LARGE: For an entrant to be considered “large,” the organization must have 50 or more FTE newsroom employees.

(NOTE: Any entry can be submitted into the LARGE category but the same entry cannot also be entered into a smaller size category. Any entries incorrectly submitted into a small or medium category will be disqualified. If you are unsure which size category to enter, email spjnwcontest@gmail.com.)

Arts & Entertainment: One article covering art, music, film, or other entertainment content.

Business Reporting: One article covering company, financial, or consumer reporting.

Column: Excellence in writing, reporting, story and development in a regular column written by the same person over time. Must provide three columns.

Comprehensive Coverage: A series package of one story over time with no more than five URLs.

Crime and Justice Reporting: One article reporting on crime, law enforcement, and the judicial system.

Editorial & Commentary: Three works by one author or editorial board that demonstrate critical commentary or group editorial work.

Health & Science Reporting: One article covering trends, issues, or people associated with the natural or scientific world.

Social Issues Reporting: One article covering education, religion, diversity, or social justice.

Government and Politics Reporting: One article covering public affairs reporting.

Investigative Reporting: In-depth reporting on a single topic, issue, or person that identifies a problem. May include up to three URLs.

Spot News Reporting: One article covering breaking news coverage as events happen.

Short-Form Feature News Reporting: One profile or a non-news article on a person, trend or issue no longer than 1,200 words.

Long-Form Feature News Reporting: One profile or a non-news article on a person, trend or issue longer than 1,200 words.

Sports Feature Story: Any single non-news article that looks at a person, trend, issue, or event related to sports.

Sports Reporting: Any single news article that looks at a person, trend, issue, or event related to sports.

Sports Column: Excellence in writing, reporting, story and development in a regular column written by the same person over time. Must provide three columns.

General Excellence: A complete publication from April 6, 2016 (or the closest to that date) and a date of your choice from the contest year.

Best Photo Portfolio: Five to 10 photos from one photographer that represents a portfolio. One entry per person.

Feature Photography: One candid, unposed photo that reflects a person, trend, issue, or event beyond basic news.

Portrait Photography: One posed photo that captures a human subject.

General News Photography: One photo of a planned news event.

Spot News Photography: One photo of an unplanned breaking news event.

Photo Essay: A collection of six images that explores a common theme or story.

Graphics & Illustrations: Up to three different works by one artist of a graphic or illustration.

Sports Action Photography: One photo of a sports figure, trend, issue, or event in action.

Sports Feature Photography: One photo of a sports figure or issue that is planned.

Page Design: Three print publication page designs in any section or series.

Digital Innovation: Digital design of a single article or project that showcases creativity, innovation and effectively engages readers through design. Submit one desktop and one mobile URL for each entry.

AUDIO & VIDEO (1st place and runner up winners in SMALL AND LARGE)

SMALL: For an entrant to be considered “small,” the organization must have 24 or fewer FTE newsroom employees.

LARGE: For an entrant to be considered “large,” the organization must have 25 or more FTE newsroom employees.

(NOTE: anyone can opt to enter the LARGE category but the same entry cannot also be entered into the small size category.)

Feature Audio Reporting: A single podcast or radio segment reporting on feature news.

General News Audio Reporting: A single podcast or radio segment on general news reporting.

Breaking News Audio Reporting: A single podcast or radio segment covering spot or breaking news.

Investigative Audio Reporting: In-depth reporting on a single topic, issue, or person that identifies a problem. May include up to three podcast or radio segments.

Sports Audio Reporting: A single podcast or radio segment on sports reporting.

Audio News Series: A multi-part podcast or radio series that explores a common theme or story.

Feature Video Reporting: A single video or television segment reporting on feature news.

General News Video Reporting: A single video or television segment on general news reporting.

Breaking Video Reporting: A single video or television segment covering spot or breaking news.

Investigative Video Reporting: In-depth reporting on a single topic, issue, or person that identifies a problem. May include up to three video or television segments.

Sports Video Reporting: A single video or television segment on sports reporting.

Video News Series: A multi-part video or television series that explores a common theme or story.


How to Enter the Contest (A Visual Guide)

The Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest is now live. We are using BetterBNC, the same platform as last year. If you entered the 2015 contest, use the same credentials you used last year. Simply sign in, select Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest, and you can begin making entries. Your account is already approved, so no further steps outside of uploading and paying for your entries is needed.

If you are new to the contest this year, you will have to create a new open call account. Once your account is created, you can begin making entries, but your account needs to be manually approved by the contest committee before the entries will be entered into the competition. This will happen within 24 hours of you creating your account, and you will receive an email once this is complete.

Below is a visual guide to creating and open call account for new users.

Step 1: Visit the contest homepage, betternewspapercontest.com/spjnwcontest. Click “Enter the Contest Here.”

 

Step 2: Click “Open Call Contestant Login”

 

 

Step 3: Click “Create Your Open Call Account.”

 

Step 4: Fill out your account information. Agree to the BetterBNC terms. Click “Submit.”

 

Step 5: Once you click submit, you will be taken to a page that asks you to submit an entry. Click “Submit Entry.”

 

Step 6: As a new user, you will not be able to submit an entry until you are approved for the 2016 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest. Click the “My Contests” link.

 

Step 7: Scroll down and click on the 2016 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest. When you do, the system will give you a pop up window notifying you an email will be sent once your account is approved. The pop-up will also tell you that you can now make entries into the contest as you await account approval. Click “OK.”

 

Step 8: Click “Open Call Contestant,” which will provide a drop down menu with several options. Click “manage entries.”

 

Step 9: Submit your entries.

Note: You don’t have to make all of your entries at once. You can come back to the site at any time over the course of the contest until it closes on February 6.

Visit the contest homepage for rules and eligibility or to begin entering. Or you look at our blog post on contest rules and eligibility. If you have further questions, email the contest committee. Please allow 24 hours for a response.

 


Happy New Year!

The New Year means it’s contest time again. The annual Northwest Excellence in Journalism competition will begin on Friday, January 13. The contest will end on Monday, February 6.

The contest committee received tremendous response to its contest survey sent out this summer. We will be implementing several of your suggestions into this year’s contest and hope it is more competitive than ever.

Stay tuned for the contest link, complete with updates to changes, an FAQ, and instructions for entering. We will also post instructions and links to here and the Region 10 Facebook page.

 

Other news:

*The annual SPJ Holiday Scoop was postponed this past December due to weather concerns. It has been rescheduled for this week, January 6, from 6–10pm at Fado Irish Pub in Seattle. Click here for more details and ticket information.

*As part of a yearlong John S. Knight fellowship at Stanford, SPJ NorCal member Katherine Ann Rowlands is seeking input from women in journalism who care about improving representation in leadership positions. Please consider taking this survey.

*The annual Mark of Excellence Awards, which honors the best in student journalism, closes on January 16. If you are a student journalist, please consider entering your work. More info here.

*Region 10 is currently accepting recommendations for programming for the 2017 Regional Conference. What would you like to learn about? What topics are relevant to you as a journalist or journalism supporter? Email Region 10 Director Ethan Chung with your suggestions.


Attend the annual Holiday Scoop party this week!

The folks at Western Washington Pro Chapter are partnering with AAJA’s Seattle chapter to host the annual Holiday Scoop party on Thursday, December 8, from 6–10 p.m at Fado Irish Pub in Seattle. Join colleagues and friends for a few hours to celebrate and decompress after a whirlwind 2016.

Tickets are $15 ($20 at the door) and $10 for students (note: the event is for those 21 and over). Click here to purchase.

Buy prints donated by the NW Photojournalism Print Swap to help raise money for “Passion Projects.” Visual journalists have been hit hard in the downsizing of newspaper newsrooms, but that hasn’t stopped many of them from continuing their passionate work. The Passion Projects grants help these visual journalists work on projects that cover a range of local and regional topics including environmental issues like coal, oil, pipelines, pollution; as well as social issues such as the sex trade, immigration and hidden communities.

Have a journalism-related event going on in Region 10? Let us know! We’d love to help promote it. Email Region 10 Director Ethan Chung with details.


Recap: Oregon Chapter Hosts Gubernatorial Debate

ORIG / 09-24-16 / Joe Kline / The Bulletin  Oregon Governor Kate Brown, left, and Republican challenger Bud Pierce shake hands at the end of the first governor debate at the Riverhouse in Bend on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

ORIG / 09-24-16 / Joe Kline / The Bulletin
Oregon Governor Kate Brown, left, and Republican challenger Bud Pierce shake hands at the end of the first governor debate at the Riverhouse in Bend on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Tip of the cap to the Oregon Territory Chapter for hosting an incredible event that created an opportunity for journalists from smaller communities to access state politicians. Read the recap from chapter president Samantha Swindler of The Oregonian below:

The Oregon Territory Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosted the first debate between Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and Republican challenger Dr. Bud Pierce on Sept. 24 in Bend, Oregon.

The hour-long debate was televised live by KTVZ-TV in Bend and broadcast on Jefferson Public Radio in Southern Oregon as well as KXL radio in Portland. If you missed the debate, you can listen to the entire broadcast on the Jefferson Public Radio website.

SPJ Oregon hosted this debate specifically to draw attention to the issues of rural Oregon and the work of rural journalists.

Candidates heard questions from journalists based in Ashland, Bend and Pendleton on topics such as tribal sovereignty, the proposed Owyhee Canyonlands national monument and protecting agricultural economies. Topics like these are important to the state, but often don’t make it to the forefront of Salem politics.

Journalists in these communities provide a vital service, but don’t often get a chance to be in the spotlight and ask tough questions directly to our state’s top officials.

SPJ Oregon partnered with The East Oregonian, the Bend Bulletin, KTVZ and Jefferson Public Radio to produce this debate.

This was a first for our chapter, and a chance to show the state that SPJ Oregon is a strong advocate for quality journalism and accountable government. The debate was an opportunity for not just journalists but for all Oregonians to learn about SPJ and the work we do.

COVERAGE

In addition to the live tweeting of the debate captured at #SPJDebate, here’s a sampling of some of the news coverage to come from it:

Pierce, Brown face off in Bend:

http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/4682521-151/story.html?referrer=fpblob

Gov. Brown, challenger Pierce clash in first debate, held in Bend:

http://www.ktvz.com/news/candidates-for-governor-face-off-in-bend-debate/95585524

Brown, Pierce clash on rural issues:

http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/capital-bureau/20160924/brown-pierce-clash-on-rural-issues

In governors debate, high schoolers come out on top (Column): http://www.oregonlive.com/washingtoncounty/index.ssf/2016/09/in_the_debates_high_schoolers.html#incart_river_index

Oregon gubernatorial candidates disagree — politely — in 1st debate:

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/09/oregon_gubernatorial_candidate.html

Measure 97 Divides Brown And Pierce In 1st Debate:

http://www.opb.org/news/series/election-2016/kate-brown-bud-pierce-debate-measure-97/


Regional Conference Resources

Greetings! Apologies for my tardiness with this post. Below you will find some resources from a few of the Region 10 Conference sessions. I will add to this post as more resources pop up.

Podcasting

Steve Scherr shared some excellent links from the podcasting panel. The links lead to information about producing, equipment, editing, plus big ideas about podcasting’s future, and more. Please excuse any typos, these are simply Steve’s notes. View them here.

Ethics

SPJ President Paul Fletcher led a fun and informative session about journalism ethics. See his full presentation here (note: This is a powerpoint presentation.)

Google Tools for Journalists

Scott Leadingham introduced attendees to a host of Google tools that can help journalists do a more effective job. Here is a list of Google Tools that are useful in the newsroom.

 


NW Excellence in Journalism Contest Winners Announced

We are proud to announce the winners of the Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest. This contest is the largest of its kind in the nation and honors journalists across the very diverse Society of Professional Journalists Region 10. The contest covers some of the least populated areas of the United States, some of its most densely populated, and everything in between, including Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon. All proceeds from this contest support the efforts of Region 10 and its active chapters to protect First Amendment freedoms, foster excellence among journalists, inspire young journalists, encourage diversity in our industry, and promote the free practice of journalism in our communities. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

SMALL DAILY PRINT AND ONLINE

General Excellence

1st place: The Seattle Globalist

2nd place: The B-Town (Burien) Blog

3rd place: CHS Capitol Hill Seattle

 

Arts & Entertainment

1st place:

KTOO.org

Ugly? Too abstract? Sculptor speaks in defense of Nimbus

Matt Miller

2nd place:

Ellensburg Daily Record

Perpetual motion music machine

Matt  Carstens

3rd place:

Crosscut.com

The end of everything: The Harvard Exit takes its final bow

Laura Kaufman


Business Reporting

1st place: The Seattle Globalist

Which Seattle small businesses are in developers’ crosshairs?

Melissa Crowe, Alex Stonehill

2nd place: BikePortland

This $50 device could change bike planning forever

Michael Andersen

3rd place: Crosscut.com

Socialist councilmember Sawant calls for a new tech revolution

Drew Atkins


Column

1st place: Ellensburg Daily Record

Nation of Mike columns

Michael Gallagher

2nd place: Crosscut.com

Drew Atkins columns

Drew Atkins

3rd place: No winner


Comprehensive Coverage

1st place: Crosscut.com

City Council election profiles

David Kroman

2nd place: Crosscut.com

Racism and the Public Lands: The case of Coon Lake

Knute Berger

3rd place: The Seattle Globalist

Nestora Salgado Case

Venice Buhain, Alysa Hullett, Thomas Antkowiak, Alejandra Gonza


Crime and Justice Reporting

1st place: Crosscut.com

Reforming Ferguson-style debtors’ prison here in Washington State

Eric Scigliano

2nd place: No winner

3rd place: No winner


Critique and Review

1st place: Crosscut.com

The new Seattle, where everything looks like same

Mark Hinshaw

2nd place: Crosscut.com

New film ‘Spotlight’ argues for journalism that can take on a system

Drew Atkins

3rd place: GeekWire

As science fiction ascends, its popular award ‘the Hugo ‘ threatens to nosedive

Frank Catalano


Editorial & Commentary

1st place: The Seattle Globalist

Commentary by Sharon H. Chang

Sharon H. Chang, Alex Stonehill

2nd place: GeekWire

Frank Catalano commentaries

Frank Catalano

3rd place: Ellensburg Daily Record

Daily Record editorials

Michael Gallagher


Environment, Nature & Science Reporting

1st place: Ellensburg Daily Record

Air quality series

Nicole Klauss, Mike Johnston

2nd place: Crosscut.com

Fecal matter in the public water: The case of Snydar Farm

Drew Atkins

3rd place: No winner


Food & Drink

1st place: Great Northwest Wine

Charles Smith turns Seattle into his personal playground

Andy Perdue

2nd place: Great Northwest Wine

Abacela discovers 140-year-old Mission grape planting

Eric Degerman

3rd place: Great Northwest Wine

NATO mission pulls Pittock Shouldis from Oregon wine harvest

Eric Degerman


General News Reporting

1st place: BikePortland

Why would anyone ride on that scary stretch of Lombard?

Jonathan Maus

2nd place: KTOO.org

Forgiving without forgetting: A Tlingit village up in smoke

Elizabeth Jenkins

3rd place: Ellensburg Daily Record

Marijuana market takes root

Andy Matarrese

 

Government and Politics Reporting

1st place: Crosscut.com

Metro buses: Pedestrians in a blind spot?

Laura Kaufman

2nd place: Animal News Northwest

Animal rescue nonprofit fights tax ruling on pet adoptions

Karen Ducey

3rd place: Crosscut.com

King County Metro’s bathroom reform: Constipated or incompetent?

Laura Kaufman


Health Reporting

1st place: Crosscut.com

A fading community

David Kroman

2nd place: No winner

3rd place: No winner


Investigative Reporting

1st place: Crosscut.com

Metro Buses: Pedestrians in a blind spot?

Laura Kaufman

2nd place: Crosscut.com

King County Metro’s bathroom reform: Constipated or incompetent?

Laura Kaufman

3rd place: No winner


Lifestyles Reporting

1st place: Crosscut.com

Living in a micro-apartment — and loving it

Suzanne Jacobs

2nd place: KTOO.org

With love and hairspray: The art of making drag queen hair in Juneau

Lisa Phu

3rd place: No winner


Long General Feature Story

1st place: Crosscut.com

Hacking the feds

Drew Atkins

2nd place: Crosscut.com

Olympia For Dummies

John Stang

3rd place: Crosscut.com

The end of everything: The Harvard Exit takes its final bow

Laura Kaufman

 

Short General Feature Story

1st place: Animal News Northwest

Rescue Pony Auctioned for a Pretty Penny

Karen Ducey

2nd place: Ellensburg Daily Record

Terror on hole 2: Meet Frankie the dog

Matt Carstens

3rd place: No winner


Personalities Reporting

1st place: Crosscut.com

Goodspaceguy: The definitive interview with King County’s perennial candidate

Drew Atkins

2nd place: No winner

3rd place: No winner


Social Issues Reporting

1st place: The Seattle Globalist

Back Across the Border

Alysa Hullett, Alex Stonehill

2nd place: Crosscut.com

Why some UW professors want a union, and others resist one

Mason Bryan

3rd place: No winner


Sports Feature Story

1st place: Crosscut.com

Team penning, where the people drive the action but the cows often win

John Stang

2nd place: Cougfan.com

The inspiration behind Luke Falk’s wrist band

Greg Witter

3rd place: SportspressNW.com

Chambers Bay ready for gritty glam shot

Art Thiel

Sports Reporting

1st place: Cougfan.com

Why oddsmakers miss on WSU so badly each week

Matt Moore

2nd place: Cougfan.com

Cougs, Canes and far different recruiting paths

Barry Bolton

3rd place: Cougfan.com

How long will Ol’ Crimson continue to fly?

Matthew Zimmer

 

Spot News Reporting

1st place: CHS Capitol Hill Seattle

Seattle May Day 2015 turns into a riot on Capitol Hill

Justin Carder, Bryan Cohen, Alex Garland

2nd place: KTOO.org

Passengers survive, pilot dies after Wings plane crash near Juneau

KTOO.org Staff

3rd place: EastIdahoNews.com

Police chase ends at EastIdahoNews.com

Nate Eaton, Nate Sunderland

 

MEDIUM DAILY PRINT AND ONLINE

General Excellence

1st place: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

2nd place: The Daily Astorian

3rd place: Bozeman Daily Chronicle

 

Arts & Entertainment

1st place: The Daily Astorian

Translating nature into art

Rebecca Sedlak

2nd place: The Daily Astorian

Goonies fans turn out for bonfire

Erick Bengel

3rd place: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Healing and a harmonica: A message in a melody comes to Tanana

Gary Black


Business Reporting

1st place: Bozeman Daily Chronicle

‘Trust fund not included’: As downtown Bozeman builds up, new housing likely to be a stretch for typical wage earners

Eric Dietrich

2nd place: The Daily Astorian

Cowen Dairy: A family affair

Edward Stratton

3rd place: Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Foreign Aid: Yellowstone a magnet for fast-growing ranks of Chinese tourists

Gail Schontzler


Column

1st place: Medford Mail Tribune

Predator to prey/Swing of things/The Club

Mark Freeman

2nd place: The Daily  Astorian

In One Ear

Elleda Wilson

3rd place: Kitsap Sun

Commentary on salmon restoration and culvert removal

Ed Palm


Comprehensive Coverage

1st place: Tri-City Herald

Pasco police shooting

Tyler Richardson, Franco Ordonez, Geoff Folsom, Kristin Kraemer

2nd place: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Fairbanks Four exoneration coverage

Sam Friedman, Matt Buxton, Casey Grove

3rd place: Skagit Valley Herald

Mental health: A system in crisis

Daniel  DeMay , Kera Wanielista, Evan Marczynski


Crime and Justice Reporting

1st place: Post Register

‘It didn’t have to end in tragedy’: In the days leading up to the shooting of Philip Clay, bounty hunters reportedly employed aggressive and illegal tactics

Aubrey Wieber, Bryan Clark

2nd place: Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Drinking problem: One-third of felony DUI arrests donÍt lead to convictions

Whitney Bermes

3rd place: KTUU.com

A slow death in solitary confinement

Paula Dobbyn


Editorial & Commentary

1st place: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorials

Tom Hewitt

2nd place: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

News-Miner editorials

Rod Boyce

3rd place: The Daily Astorian

Daily Astorian editorials

Steve Forrester


Environment, Nature & Science Reporting

1st place: Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Secured blessings

Nick Ehli

2nd place: Kitsap Sun

Call of the Wildfire

Tristan Baurick

3rd place:

Post Register

INL powers Pluto mission: Local researchers watch as New Horizons flies by dwarf planet

Luke Ramseth


General News Reporting

1st place: Kitsap Sun

No arrest, charges for sheriff’s sergeant found drunk in his car

Andrew Binion

2nd place: The Daily News

Miracle survival tales from the Kalama flood

Andre Stepankowsky

3rd place: Kitsap Sun

Call of the wildfire

Tristan Baurick


Government and Politics Reporting

1st place: Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Incompatible uses: Why the neighborhood next to an old landfill may cost Bozeman millions of dollars

Eric Dietrich

2nd place: Kitsap Sun

Laying claim to Navy Yard City

Josh Farley

3rd place: The Daily News

Public left out of process for choosing legislators

Tom Paulu

Print Headlines

1st place: The Olympian

Did I just see/It’s all relative/Wham, bam, thank you

The Olympian Staff

2nd place: Kitsap Sun

Herron Miller print headlines

Herron Miller

3rd place: No winner


Health Reporting

1st place: Tri-City Herald

Irradiated: A legacy of pain, suffering

Annette Cary

2nd place: Tri-City Herald

Irradiated: Opening doors to compensation

Annette Cary

3rd place: No winner


Investigative Reporting

1st place: KTUU.com

Alaska North Slope misuse of public money, mayoral recall

Austin Baird, Kyle Hopkins, Paula Dobbyn, Garrett Turner

2nd place: Mail Tribune

At What Cost? Sheriff Falls pulls plug on video security system

Nicholas Morgan

3rd place: Skagit Valley Herald

Skagit 911: Understaffed, overworked and no financial help in sight

Brandon Stone


Lifestyles Reporting

1st place: Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Yellowstone at 36 degree below zero

Ben Pierce

2nd place: The Daily News

Undefeated in the ring, Longview 11-year-old’s passion packs a punch

Sarah Grothjan

3rd place: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Mushing a flickering flame in Interior Alaska villages

Casey Grove


Long General Feature Story

1st place: The Olympian

Behind the Cloister: The Monks of Saint Martin’s

Lisa Pemberton

2nd place: Tri-City Herald

Brush with death leads to lifelong bond

Richardson Tyler

3rd place: No winner

 

Short General Feature Story

1st place: Missoulian

Getting the story is the hard part

Robert Chaney

2nd place: No winner

3rd place: No winner

Personalities Reporting

1st place: Kitsap Sun

Cherry Boy

Andrew Binion

2nd place: Bozeman Daily Chronicle

A bard and a warrior

Eric Dietrich

3rd place: Tri-City Herald

Two-time cancer warrior

Kristina Lord


Social Issues Reporting

1st place: Kitsap Sun

Battling Bullies

Christina Henry

2nd place: Missoulian Newspaper

Peaks and People

Robert Chaney

3rd place: Post Register

Change: Idaho Falls transgender woman recalls experience transitioning while working as a Sheriff’s Office deputy

Kirsten Johnson


Sports Feature Story

1st place: Missoulian

Love Yourself

AJ Mazzolini

2nd place: Mail Tribune

Unbreakable

Dan Jones

3rd place: The Olympian

A young 12th man cheers for T-Birds amid chemo care

Lauren Smith


Sports Profile Story

1st place: Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Gallatin Gateway kayaker finding niche in long-distance races

Michael Appelgate

2nd place: Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Giving his all: MSU’s Brumwell making an impact in final season

Parker Gabriel

3rd place: No winner


Sports Reporting

1st place: Bozeman Daily Chronicle

MSU ousts Ash as head football coach

Jon Maletz

2nd place: Tri-City Herald

Oh buoy! Oberto pulls it out

Jeff Morrow

3rd place: Skagit Valley Herald

La Conner fielding helmets that track severe impacts

Vince Richardson

 

Spot News Reporting

1st place: Kitsap Sun

Gas blast at Bremerton motel

Meegan M. Reid, Rachel Anne Seymour, Josh Farley , Larry Steagall

2nd place: The Daily News

Floods wreak havoc throughout the region

The Daily News Staff

3rd place: KTUU.com

Sunken racers say they were going 93 mph when they hit open water

Kyle Hopkins

 

LARGE DAILY PRINT AND ONLINE

Arts & Entertainment

1st place: Yakima Herald-Republic

A man on a musical mission

Pat Muir

2nd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

New life for local musicians

Pat Muir

3rd place: Statesman Journal

How Salem music teacher Gary Frame has changed lives

Tom Mayhall Rastrelli

 

Business Reporting

1st place: Idaho Statesman

Inside Our Hospitals

Audrey Dutton

2nd place: Statesman Journal

The best kept banking secret in the marijuana industry

Gordon Friedman

3rd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

Beyond wine

Mai Hoang


Column

1st place: Statesman Journal

Columns by Zach Urness

Zach Urness

2nd place: No winner

3rd place: No winner


Comprehensive Coverage

1st place: Idaho Statesman

Inside Our Hospitals

Audrey Dutton

2nd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

City Council Election Advances

Mike Faulk

3rd place: No winner


Crime and Justice Reporting

1st place: Yakima Herald-Republic

Numbers not evening out

Phil Ferolito

2nd place: Statesman Journal

Keizer men sentenced for mother’s murder

Kaellen Hessel

3rd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

Righting the wrongs of past

Kate Prengaman


Environment, Nature & Science Reporting

1st place: Statesman Journal

Culture of Waste

Tracy Loew

2nd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

An ethical dilemma: killing one species to save another

Scott Sandsberry

3rd place: No winner


Food & Drink

1st place: Statesman Journal

A lifetime of memories treasured in recipes

Victor Panichkul

2nd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

Smoke is on fire

Jane Gargas

3rd place: Idaho Statesman

Clearwater Canyon Cellars wines have an extra dose of ‘heart’ in each bottle

Eric Degerman


General News Reporting

1st place: Yakima Herald-Republic

A tragedy that lives on

Ross Courtney

2nd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

Yakima School District/Lessons learned

Rafael Guerrero

3rd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

Dream Big

Leah Ward


Government and Politics Reporting

1st place: Yakima Herald-Republic

How many meals are too many for city officials?

Mike Faulk

2nd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

Shelters in the storm: Helping the homeless

Mai Hoang

3rd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

Activists say east Yakima parks shortchanged

Mike Faulk


Health Reporting

1st place: Seattlepi.com

Why dozens of ‘vent kids’ stuck in Washington hospitals can’t go home

Levi Pulkkinen

2nd place: Statesman Journal

A life well ended

Saerom Yoo, Danielle Peterson

3rd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

MS at a young age in a small town: Multiple avenues of care

Molly Rosbach


Lifestyles Reporting

1st place: Statesman Journal

Journey toward wilderness on Sutton Mountain

Zach Urness

2nd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

Embracing the tiny-house life

Kaitlyn Bernauer

3rd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

Young sprouts into mighty gardeners grow

Jane Gargas

 

Short General Feature Story

1st place: Yakima Herald-Republic

Taking trips into history

Jane Gargas

2nd place: Statesman Journal

Salem climber saved from North Sister in daring rescue

Zach Urness

3rd place: Statesman Journal

Eat a pie in four minutes? Challenge accepted

Kaellen Hessel


Page Design

1st place: Yakima Herald-Republic

35 Years ago: The Eruption of Mount St. Helens + dropbox links

Bill  Epperheimer

2nd place: No winner

3rd place: No winner


Personalities Reporting

1st place: Yakima Herald-Republic

Portrait Master (Yakima’s Ken Whitmire)

Jane Gargas

2nd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

The gold standard: Don Hutchinson’s 60-plus years in the jewelry business

Tammy Ayer

3rd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

Changes of heart: Dr. Bush Preacher

Molly Rosbach


Social Issues Reporting

1st place: Statesman Journal

Salem ordinances conflict with homeless living

Kaellen Hessel

2nd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

Growing up different in Yakima: ‘If you were gay, you left’

Pat Muir

3rd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

The shelter problem

Phil Ferolito

 

VERY LARGE DAILY PRINT AND ONLINE

General Excellence

1st place: The Oregonian

2nd place: The Daily Herald

3rd place: The Columbian

 

Arts & Entertainment

1st place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

Helen Menken’s Portland gift: The pioneering, tragic life of Humphrey Bogart’s first wife

Doug Perry

2nd place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

Don Carpenter, Portland’s great forgotten writer, is found again

Jeff Baker

3rd place: The Seattle Times

With millennial philanthropy money flowing, arts groups miss out

Tricia Romano


Business Reporting

1st place: KGW.com and USAToday.com

$500K for a Green Card: Foreign investors help Portland boom

Sara Roth

2nd place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

Making it work: Raising a family on $11.50 an hour

Molly Young, Andrew Theen

3rd place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

Hard work, long hours not enough as retirement nears for Portland burger stand owner

George Rede


Column

1st place: The Columbian

Press Talk: June 27; Nov. 21; Feb. 21

Lou Brancaccio

2nd place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

Columns by Steve Duin

Steve Duin

3rd place: The Seattle Times

Columns by Blanca Torres

Blanca Torres


Comprehensive Coverage

1st place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

Our Homeless Crisis

Anna Griffin

2nd place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

On the marijuana beat

Noelle Crombie

3rd place: The Seattle Times

Seattle Times coverage of a historic fire season

Evan Bush, Jim Brunner, Lynda Mapes, Seattle Times Staff  


Crime and Justice Reporting

1st place: The Bulletin

Jail

Claire Withycombe

2nd place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

Oregon man commits no crime, but held in jail for 900 days

Emily Smith

3rd place: The Daily Herald

What Jail Can’t Cure: a) Failing Keaton Farris b) Police Can’t Sweep Streets c) Road to Redemption

Diana Hefley


Editorial & Commentary

1st place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

Editorials by Helen Jung

Helen Jung

2nd place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

Editorials by Erik Lukens

Erik Lukens

3rd place: The Columbian

Put state tax idea to rest; High cost of inaction; Give medical pot law time

Craig Brown


Environment, Nature & Science Reporting

1st place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

Unsettling dust: Hundreds of Portland homes demolished with asbestos inside

Fedor Zarkhin

2nd place: The Spokesman-Review

A New Treaty

Becky  Kramer

3rd place: The Spokesman-Review

Math fans fully encircled by pi’s wonders today

Nicholas Deshais


Food & Drink

1st place: The Seattle Times

The boutique booze boom in Washington

Tan Vinh

2nd place: The News Tribune

Pierce County’s Best Burgers

Sue Kidd

3rd place: The Daily Herald

Nana’s secret soda a hit with pot enthusiasts

Andrea Brown


General News Reporting

1st place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

For better or worse

Maxine Bernstein

2nd place: The Register-Guard

Selling the UO

Diane  Dietz

3rd place: KGW.com

8 things that killed the new I-5 bridge

Sara Roth


Government and Politics Reporting

1st place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

Solar scandal

Jeff Manning, Ted Sickinger

2nd place: The Seattle Times

Following the money: Ethics concerns muddy stateÍs clean-energy grant program

Jim Brunner

3rd place: The Register-Guard

Clean fuels

Saul  Hubbard


Print Headlines

1st place: The Columbian

A winning score makes a “silent” sing – Express delivery: Dash didn’t dawdle – War was more than guns, gore for a Reedie on a foreign shore

Susan Abe

2nd place: The Columbian

Dozer Day: Great excavations/Children get preview of annual turn in the driver’s seat, and they dig it – Legislature calls it a day (+175)/Longest single-year session on record finally … – Family coding project finds its star in Ringo/Robot drums up…

Carl Dubois

3rd place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

Headlines by Pete Lesage

Pete Lesage


Health Reporting

1st place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

A Game of Chicken

Lynne Terry

2nd place: The Spokesman-Review

Rural Aging series

Erica Curless, Tyler Tjomsland

3rd place: The Register-Guard

Healthy profits

Sherri Buri McDonald


Investigative Reporting

1st place: The Bulletin

Tribes

Beau Eastes

2nd place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

A Game of Chicken

Lynne Terry

3rd place: The Daily Herald

Choppers out of range

Scott North, Chuck Taylor


Lifestyles Reporting

1st place: The Daily Herald

Mr. T’s Attire

Andrea Brown

2nd place: The News Tribune

Port Gamble history comes alive (literally)

Rosemary Ponnekanti

3rd place: The Spokesman-Review

Tour Deshais

Nicholas Deshais


Long General Feature Story

1st place: The Oregonian

Team of Dreams

Casey Parks

2nd place: The Seattle Times (Pacific NW Magazine)

Pot of gold: The new legal marijuana business has created once-in-a-lifetime opportunities

Evan Bush

3rd place: The Spokesman-Review

Dispatches from Dachau

Jim Camden

 

Short General Feature Story

1st place: The Spokesman-Review

Solemn Tribute

Pia Hallenberg

2nd place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

Trying to make a Hood River girl’s last birthday party special

Tom Hallman Jr.

3rd place: The Register-Guard

Doobie bother

Mark Baker


Page Design

1st place: The News Tribune

Links Northwest style golf/the charm and challenges of Chambers Bay/A fan’s guide to the course

Jessica Randklev

2nd place: The Seattle Times

CEO salaries soar

Rick Lund, David Miller, Gabriel Campanario

3rd place: The Columbian

June 12; Oct. 23; Nov. 2

Jennifer Krieger


Personalities Reporting

1st place: The Seattle Times

Swinomish leader Brian Cladoosby fights for salmon and sovereignty

Brian Cantwell

2nd place: Alaska Dispatch News

East High student dances past her differences

Marc Lester

3rd place: No winner


Social Issues Reporting

1st place: The Columbian

The hidden homeless / Nature of temporary shelter compounding crisis faced by local families looking for secure housing situations

Patty Hastings

2nd place: The News Tribune

Finding peace

Adam Ashton

3rd place: The Oregonian

Transgender Oregon student wages lonely battle to use boys’ locker room

Casey Parks


Sports Feature Story

1st place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

Canzano: Tour of Caleb Porter Museum reveals man on mission

John Canzano

2nd place: The Bulletin

Connecting the threads of football history

Grant Lucas

3rd place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

After his mother’s death

Tyson Alger


Sports Profile Story

1st place: The Register-Guard

Without Limits

Diane Dietz

2nd place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

Rebuilding Pharaoh Brown: Once facing amputation and a career cut short, Oregon’s tight end is now ahead of schedule

Andrew Greif

3rd place: The Daily Herald

Playing to a smaller audience

Rich Myhre


Sports Reporting

1st place: The Seattle Times

Investigating Seahawks top draft pick’s domestic violence history

Lewis Kamb, Geoff Baker

2nd place: The Seattle Times

Judge: Assault with broomstick part of hazing culture at Juanita High;  7 Juanita football players told police of hazing, attacks

Geoff Baker

3rd place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

Mark Shoff: The rise and fall of Lake Oswego’s boys basketball coach

Joe Freeman

 

Spot News Reporting

1st place: The Oregonian/OregonLive

The resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber

The Oregonian Staff

2nd place: The Seattle Times

Duck rider heard ‘Oh, no’ before crash that killed four

Seattle Times Staff

3rd place: The Daily Herald

Pulling together for a land in flames

Dan Catchpole, Ian Terry

 

MAGAZINE

General Excellence

1st place: Seattle Met

2nd place: Seattle Magazine

3rd place: 425 Business magazine


Arts & Entertainment

1st place: Seattle Met

Tear Through the World in Wild Disguise

David Laskin

2nd place: Pacific Northwest Magazine

Seattle band Posse finds success on its own terms

Tricia Romano

3rd place: Seattle Business Magazine

Pay For Play

Gianni Truzzi


Business Reporting

1st place: Seattle Met

Dick Cantwell’s Beer Is Immortal

Allecia Vermillion

2nd place: Portland Monthly

Chicken v. Egg: The Truth About Sustainable Chicken is That It Doesn’t Really Exist

Hannah Wallace

3rd place: 425 Business magazine

Tech’s Lack of Diversity Isn’t Just a Pipeline Problem

Jake Bullinger


Cover Design

1st place: Seattle Business Magazine

The Creatives

Matt Cole, Leslie Helm, John Levesque, John Vicory

2nd place: Horizon Edition Magazine

Peak Thrills

Nancy O’Connell

3rd place: Equal Voice Magazine

Magazine Covers (Summer and Winter 2015)

Equal Voice News Staff


Editorial & Commentary

1st place: Seattle Met

He, She, They; Generation Connect; 50 Years, 50 Fears

Kathryn Robinson

2nd place: Seattle Magazine

“Gray Matters”

Knute Berger

3rd place: No winner


Environment, Nature & Science Reporting

1st place: Alaska Airlines Magazine

Preserving Paradise

Eric Lucas

2nd place: Mountain Outlaw magazine

The Coming Infernos

Todd  Wilkinson, Joseph T. O’Connor, Kelsey Dzintars

3rd place: YES! Magazine

Unsurrendered: One Tribe Stands Up to Three Oil Pipelines

YES! Magazine Staff


Food & Drink

1st place: Seattle Met

The Brief, Extraordinary Life of Cody Spafford

Allecia Vermillion

2nd place: Portland Monthly

From Russia, With Love

Karen Brooks

3rd place: Alaska Airlines Magazine

Island Brews

Eric Lucas


General News Reporting

1st place: Seattle Met

17 Shots in Pasco

Brooke Jarvis

2nd place: Seattle Business Magazine

“This Hacker Wears A White Hat”

Drew Atkins

3rd place: Seattle Magazine

Cage Fight

Celina Kareiva


Government and Politics Reporting

1st place: YES! Magazine

Can Cities End the School to Prison Pipeline? Relentless Organizers are Tallying Wins

Marcus Harrison Green

2nd place: Super Lawyers Magazine

Navigating China

Nina Huang, Erik Lundegaard

3rd place: Bozzi Media

Cell Phone Tower Battle

Paul Haeder


Print Headlines

1st place: Seattle Magazine

Headlines: “Mural Majority”; “River Phoenix”; “Grapes of Math”

Brangien Davis, Rachel Hart, Lisa Wogan, Jennifer McCullum

2nd place: Seattle Business Magazine

“Tunnel Vision”; “Pot Stickers”; “Breaking the Code”

John Levesque

3rd place: Alaska Airlines Magazine

Altitude Adjustments, River Dance, Walk this Way

Alaska Airlines Magazine Staff


Health Reporting

1st place: Bend Bulletin

Changing minds: Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s connections could mean new breakthroughs

Markian Hawryluk

2nd place: No winner

3rd place: No winner


Magazine Departments

1st place: Seattle Met

Mudroom

Matthew Halverson, Sara D’Eugenio

2nd place: 425 Business magazine

Disrupt

Marjorie Clark

3rd place: Scotsman Guide Media

Spotlight

Rob Crow, Bill Conroy, Rania Efthemes


Lifestyles Reporting

1st place: South Sound magazine

Giant Octopus Revealed

Lauren Foster

2nd place: Seattle Met

Mountain Adventures

Allison Williams

3rd place: Seattle Magazine

Hit the Town

Patrick Knowles, Sheila Cain, Rachel Hart


Personal Service Reporting

1st place: Seattle Met

I’m New Here: A User’s Guide to the Emerald City

Seattle Met Staff

2nd place: Alaska Airlines Magazine

Exercise Your Options

Ellee Thalheimer

3rd place: Seattle Magazine

A Drink-Free January: Does it Really do a Body Good?

Lauren Mang


Personalities Reporting

1st place: Seattle Met

The Brief, Extraordinary Life of Cody Spafford

Allecia Vermillion

2nd place: Portland Monthly

Ursula K. Le Guin Is Breathing Fire to Save American Literature

Taylor Clark

3rd place: Alaska Airlines Magazine

Giving Spirit

Kristianne Huntsberger


Social Issues Reporting

1st place: YES! Magazine

“Unsurrendered: One Tribe Stands Up to Three Oil Pipelines”

YES! Magazine Staff

2nd place: 425 Business magazine

Inside Gaming’s Addictive World

Jake Bullinger

3rd place: Seattle Met

Tony Wheat Has Been Sorry for so Long

James Ross Gardner


Sports Reporting

1st place: Cascade Golfer magazine

Bobby’s Opus

Brian Beaky

2nd place: Cascade Golfer magazine

Big Momma’s House

Craig Smith

3rd place: Alaska Airlines Magazine

Altitude Adjustment

Nicholas O’Connell


Travel Reporting

1st place: Seattle Magazine

“Make Camp in the Northwest”

Charlotte Austin, Jenny Cunningham, Kristen Russell, Roddy Scheer

2nd place: Seattle Met

The Columbia River

Allison Williams

3rd place: Seattle Met

Thicker Than Water

Matthew Halverson

NON-DAILY 

General Excellence

1st place: Portland Business Journal

2nd place: Real Change

3rd place: Cannon Beach Gazette


Arts and Lifestyles

1st place: Eugene Weekly

Teeth & Bones

Alex V. Cipolle

2nd place: Seattle Weekly

How Odesza Became the Biggest Seattle Band You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Kelton Sears

3rd place: No winner


Business Reporting

1st place: InvestigateWest

How Cash Sent the Portland Home Market Spinning

Lee van der Voo, James Gordon

2nd place: Willamette Week

You Call This A Farm?

Nigel Jaquiss

3rd place: InvestigateWest

Profiting from Thrift

Francesca Lyman


Column

1st place: InvestigateWest

Redacted: The State of Transparency in Oregon

Lee van der Voo

2nd place: Street Roots

Israel Bayer

Israel  Bayer

3rd place: Real Change

Adventures in Irony

Wes Browning


Crime and Justice Reporting

1st place: Portland Business Journal

Shell Games

Matthew Kish

2nd place: Street Roots

The kids from the hall

Emily Green

3rd place:

Willamette Week

Rat Tale

Aaron Mesh


Critique and Review

1st place: Seattle Weekly

Ernest Loves Agnes Brings Simple but Superlative Italian Food to Capitol Hill

Nicole Sprinkle

2nd place: No winner

3rd place:  No winner


Editorial & Commentary

1st place: Puget Sound Business Journal

Immigrants; Bezos bungles; Maritime

Rob Smith

2nd place: Kirkland Reporter

Editorials

Matt Phelps

3rd place: No winner


Environment, Nature & Science Reporting

1st place: South Whidbey Record

Three-part series: A Paddle Around Whidbey

Sue Ellen White

2nd place: Street Roots

Logging or Restoration?

Emily Green

3rd place: The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Bearytale unfolds at Esther Briques

Roger Harnack, Brock Hires


General News Reporting

1st place: Portland Tribune

Why we know so little about abortion in Oregon

Shasta Kearns Moore

2nd place: Real Change

More people come to light in the dark

Aaron Burkhalter

3rd place: Puget Sound Business Journal

The Year That Went to Pot

Sarah Aitchison


Government and Politics Reporting

1st place: Seattle Weekly

Anatomy of a NIMBY

Casey Jaywork

2nd place: Willamette Week

Man Vs. Machine

Beth Slovic

3rd place: Real Change

Swept away

Aaron Burkhalter


Print Headlines

1st place: Portland Business Journal

Portland Business Journal – Brandon Sawyer

Brandon Sawyer

2nd place: Puget Sound Business Journal

Brewed awakening; Shanghai on the Sound; She thinks outside the box score

Rob Smith

3rd place: Northwest Asian Weekly

Editorial Headlines

Peggy Chapman


Health Reporting

1st place: Seattle Weekly

In Georgetown, the Housing Is Affordable and the Air Unbreathable  

Sara Bernard

2nd place: Eugene Weekly

The Art of Recovery

Rick Levin

3rd place: Portland Tribune

While toys come rolling in, families struggle with basic needs

Shasta Kearns Moore


Investigative Reporting

1st place: InvestigateWest

Profiting from Thrift

Francesca Lyman

2nd place: Portland Business Journal

Shell Game

Matthew Kish

3rd place: Willamette Week

Home Sweet Hustle

Nigel Jaquiss


Page Design

1st place: Puget Sound Business Journal

Bertha; IPO Drought; StarTech

Ryan Lambert

2nd place: The Times, serving Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood

24-Jun-15

Kate Schell

3rd place: Willamette Week

Feed The Beast

Julie Showers, Dominic De Venuta


Personalities Reporting

1st place: Willamette Week

The Newest Portlanders

Leah Sottile

2nd place: Willamette Week

Bad Boy

Beth Slovic

3rd place: Puget Sound Business Journal

Brad Tilden

Steve Wilhelm


Social Issues Reporting

1st place: Real Change

Nowhere to go

Rianna Hidalgo

2nd place: Puget Sound Business Journal

Dreams Delayed; Talent in Exile

Emily Parkhurst

3rd place: Real Change

A woman’s right. Period

Rianna Hidalgo


Sports Reporting

1st place: Portland Tribune

Raising Kaman: Blazers’ backup big man sounds off

Kerry Eggers

2nd place: Clackamas Review

A truly amazing season

John Denny

3rd place: No winner


Spot News Reporting

1st place: Willamette Week

Climate, Changed

Nigel Jaquiss

2nd place: Portland Business Journal

Port of No Return

Erik Siemers

3rd place: Puget Sound Business Journal

Amazon

Marc Stiles

RADIO
Feature News Reporting

1st place: Jefferson Public Radio

To Shoot Or Not To To Shoot

Liam Moriarty

2nd place: OPB

Crater Lake’s Crayfish Invasion

Jes Burns, David Steves

3rd place: KPLU Public Radio

Snowdrift, The Lost Cat That Didn’t Want To Be Found

Jennifer Wing


General News Reporting

1st place: Northwest News Network

Mentally Ill Inmates Languish In Jail, Awaiting Trial

Austin Jenkins

2nd place: KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio

911 Wants to Know if You’re a Veteran

Patricia Murphy

3rd place: KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio

Using White Privilege To Fight Racism: A Young Activist’s Dream

Paul Kiefer, Lila Kitaeff, Carol Smith


Investigative Reporting

1st place: OPB

Oregon Workers Alerted Safety Officials To Problems Before Mill Roof Collapse

Amanda Peacher, Eve Epstein

2nd place: KIRO Radio

A little used police training video could help save pets’ lives

Sara Lerner

3rd place: Northwest News Network

Locked Up For Skipping School

Austin Jenkins


News Series

1st place: OPB

Wildlife Detectives

OPB and EarthFix Staff

2nd place: KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio

Seattle’s Homeless: No End in Sight

John Ryan, Jeannie Yandel

3rd place: Jefferson Public Radio

The Wildfire Conundrum

Liam Moriarty


Special Report

1st place: KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio

Why This Teen Stopped Hiding Her Dad’s Abuse

Noel Gasca, Lila  Kitaeff, Jenny Asarnow

2nd place: KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio

Why Is There So Much Prostitution On Aurora Avenue In Seattle?

Posey Gruener

3rd place: Northwest News Network

Daughters of Hanford

Anna King


Sports Reporting

1st place: KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio

The Surprising Place Where Some Seahawks Fans Gather

Joshua McNichols

2nd place: KPLU Public Radio

Why Does For-Profit Hockey In Washington Not Have To Pay Players Minimum Wage?

Ashley Gross

3rd place: Alaska Public Radio Network

Out With The Old, In With The New: Up-And-Comers Outpace Longtime Career Mushers

Emily Schwing


Spot News Reporting

1st place: Northwest News Network

Washington Wildfires

Anna King

2nd place: KPLU Public Radio

Seattle ‘Kayaktivists’ Building Ranks For Direct Action Against Shell’s Arctic Drilling Fleet

Bellamy Pailthorp

3rd place:

KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio

International District Mourns Shooting Victim Donald Chin

Liz Jones

TV 
Feature News Reporting

1st place: OPB

Hole in the Lake

Vince Patton, Michael Bendixen

2nd place: KRTV

Face the State: National Police Week

Shannon Newth

3rd place: KNDU-TV

Seahawks Dream Come True For Autistic Walla Walla Drummer

Don Granese


General News Reporting

1st place: OPB

Feds kill thousands of cormorants to save salmon

Cassandra Profita, Nick Fisher, Michael Bendixen, Todd Sonflieth

2nd place: KNDU-TV

I-TEAM: New Details In Previous Pasco Officer Shooting Case

Don Granese

3rd place: KTUU

Bean’s Cafe Memorial

Caslon Hatch, Kuba Wuls


Live Breaking News Coverage

1st place: KIMA News, CBS Yakima

Suspect survives confrontation with SWAT team

Crystal Bui

2nd place: KEPR-TV

Roosevelt fire has residents on edge

Kathleen Jacob

3rd place: KIMA-TV

Four in custody after Yakima standoff; main suspect’s bail set at $2M

Bridget Chapman


Special Report/Documentary

1st place: OPB

Unprepared

Ed Jahn, Bruce Barrow, Todd Sonflieth, Steve Amen

2nd place: EarthFix / KCTS

Wildlife Detectives: The Hunt for Northwest Poachers

Cassandra Profita, Jes Burns, Ken  Christensen, Courtney Flatt

3rd place: Oregon Public Broadcasting

Murder on the Southern Pacific

Kami Horton, Lisa Kallem


Sports Reporting

1st place: KTUU

2015 Iron Dog

Beth O’Donnell, Kuba Wuls

2nd place: KREM-TV

Hotel Swimmer

Brett Allbery, Jane McCarthy

3rd place: KEPR-TV

Graff Strong, Getting Stronger

Vince Sapienza


Video Photography

1st place: KTUU-TV

Kuba Wuls Show Reel

Kuba Wuls

2nd place: EarthFix / KCTS

Could A Mushroom Save The Honeybee?

Ken Christensen

3rd place: KBTC-TV

Saving the Salmon

Tom Layson, Russ Ricketts

VISUALS

Best Photo Portfolio

1st place: The Daily Astorian

Joshua Bessex Portfolio

Joshua Bessex

2nd place: The Daily Herald and SeattlePI.com

2015 Portfolio

Genna Martin

3rd place: Kitsap Sun

Photo portfolio, Meegan M. Reid

Meegan M. Reid


Arts & Entertainment

1st place: The Seattle Times

Dancing On The Wall

Alan Berner

2nd place: Northwest Asian Weekly

Celebrating Holi

Jerald Peter

3rd place: Beaverton Valley Times

Whitford’s Haunted House has the thrills and chills

Jaime Valdez


Daily Life

1st place: Kitsap Sun

Bubbleman

Larry Steagall

2nd place: Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Rain and flowers

Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez

3rd place: The Bulletin

Rodeo

Ryan Brennecke


Feature Photography

1st place: Real Change

Gone but not forgotten

Alex Garland

2nd place: Equal Voice News

Joy at Seattle Bingo Game

Equal Voice News Staff

3rd place: Willamette Week

Photographer: Ryan LaBriere

Ryan LaBriere

General News Reporting

1st place: Tri-City Herald

A mother’s grief

Andrew Jansen

2nd place: The Issaquah Press

Grandson killed in crosswalk

Greg Farrar

3rd place: The Columbian

Battle Ground tornado

Amanda Cowan


Government and Politics Reporting

1st place: BadCounty.com

Local News Stories Not Reported in Other Media

Dale Matthews

2nd place: The Seattle Globalist

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walked away from the microphone as activists Mara Jacqueline Willaford and Marissa Johnson disrupted a rally in Seattle.

Alex Garland

3rd place: No winner


Graphics & Illustrations

1st place: The Seattle Times

SketcherCast: An illustrated report from the U.S. Open by The TimesÍ Seattle Sketcher, Gabriel Campanario

Gabriel Campanario

2nd place: The Seattle Times

Ravensdale: Tragedy strikes a mining town

Audrey Carlsen, Gabriel Campanario

3rd place: Real Change

Real Change Graphics and Illustrations

Jon Williams


Lifestyles Reporting

1st place: Beaverton Valley Times

Roger Tilbury’s widow says namesake park is ‘perfect’

Jonathan House

2nd place: Seattle Magazine

“Gray Area”

Ryan McVay, Jennifer McCullum, Sarah Butler, Stephanie Mennella

3rd place: No winner


Online Feature Video (non-TV)

1st place: The Columbian

A Strong Man – Akhil’s journey with ALS

Ariane Kunze

2nd place: The Seattle Times

The Family Brand

Erika Schultz, Lauren Frohne

3rd place: EarthFix

How black market poachers exploit the world’s biggest burrowing clam

Katie Campbell, MacGregor Campbell


Online News Video (non-TV)

1st place: EastIdahoNews.com

Sgt. Marge is in Charge

Nate Eaton

2nd place: YES! Magazine

Why Student Debtors Can’t File for Bankruptcy- Or Can They?

YES! Magazine Staff

3rd place: EastIdahoNews.com

Kayden’s Courage

Nate Eaton


Photo Essay

1st place: The Daily Herald

Washington Wildfires

Genna Martin

2nd place: Horizon Edition Magazine

Showcase 2015

Nancy O’Connell

3rd place: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

2015 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race

Erin Corneliussen


Pictorial Photography

1st place: Horizon Edition Magazine

Reno Tahoe Getaway

Ron Niebrugge

2nd place:  The Seattle Times

Snoqualmie Sun

Lindsey Wasson

3rd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

Hop expansion

Mason Trinca


Portrait Photography

1st place: Animal News Northwest

You Are My Home: Katie and Molly

Karen Ducey

2nd place: 425 magazine

Penny LeGate

Rachel Coward

3rd place: Statesman Journal

A life well ended

Danielle Peterson


Social Issues (single)

1st place: Animal News Northwest

Down on Luck

Karen Ducey

2nd place: Equal Voice News

Jimmy Mills and Granddaughter in Arizona

Equal Voice News Staff

3rd place: The Seattle Times

Unsettled  

Erika Schultz


Social Issues (story)

1st place: The Seattle Times

Unsettled

Erika Schultz

2nd place: Seattle Met

17 Shots in Pasco

Mike Kane

3rd place: Equal Voice News

Grandfamilies in Arizona

Equal Voice News Staff


Sports Action

1st place: The Seattle Times

Eye contact

Lindsey Wasson

2nd place: Daily Record

Rodeo Launch

Brian  Myrick

3rd place: Statesman Journal

Gunslinger

Danielle Peterson


Sports Feature

1st place: The Bulletin

State Champ

Joe Kline

2nd place: Yakima Herald-Republic

Prosser Gamer

Mason Trinca

3rd place: The Columbian

Timbers Celebrate Championship

Amanda Cowan


Spot News Reporting

1st place: Northwest News Network

Amid Fires, Downed Fences Make Good Neighbors

Ian Bates, Anna King

2nd place: capitolhillseattle.com

Seattle May Day 2015 turns into a riot on Capitol Hill

Alex Garland

3rd place: No winner
*In the spirit of competition and excellence, the SPJ NW Excellence in Journalism contest has a policy to disqualify categories that don’t receive at least three entries. The following categories were disqualified this year. All entrants have been refunded. If you have any questions, please contact spjnwcontest@gmail.com.

Small Daily Print and Online: Online Headlines, Print Headline, Sports Profile Story, Page Design

Medium Daily Print and Online: Critique & Review, Food & Drink, Online Headlines, Page Design

Large Daily Print and Online: General Excellence, Critique & Review, Editorial & Commentary, Online Headline, Print Headlines, Investigative Reporting, Long General Feature Story, Sports Feature Story, Sports Profile Story, Sports Reporting, Spot News Reporting

Very Large Daily Print and Online: Critique & Review, Online Headlines

Magazine: Online Headlines

Non-Daily: Online Headlines

TV: Investigative Reporting

Visuals: Editorial Cartoons, Environment, Nature & Science Reporting, Food & Drink


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