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.



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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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!


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

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

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.


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 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.



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:

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


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 – 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.


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


Happy hump day, Region 10

I’m your newly elected Region 10 director, I work fulltime at The Spokesman-Review, and I’ve been involved with SPJ since 1996 when I was a journalism student at Eastern Washington University.
I give SPJ credit for how I landed my very first job at The Inlander, because I had already met the people who decided to hire me back in 1998 at several SPJ programs #ReasonToJoinSPJ
Over the years I’ve put on a ton of programs, lectures, cocktail hours and spring conferences – we had a great spring conference here in Spokane in April – and I’ve attended national conventions in almost every part of the country, where I’ve met amazing people and learned lots #ReasonToJoinSPJ
Now, I’m uncertain to what the purpose is of this blog – except it’s a way for me to communicate with a geographically huge region without starting an email storm. I suppose the purpose will become clear?
I would LOVE to hear from you, Region 10ers, whenever you have programs or meetings or gatherings, no matter where you are in the region. Let’s share program announcements – getting together with our peers is another #ReasonToJoinSPJ
The best way to reach me is via email:
You can follow my not very active Twitter here:

And join my much more active Facebook here:
I’ve also claimed a Region 10 Facebook page here – – it’s in its virgin state. Please like it so we can have a central place of communication. (Those of you who already belong to the Region 10 Facebook group: please consider migrating to the fan page – creating a group page was a tactical mistake)

All the best – Hope your hump day is a good one.


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