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Excellence in Journalism Recap

Greetings Region 10!

The annual Excellence in Journalism conference wrapped up in Anaheim on September 9. Region 10 had a handful of journalists from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho in attendance for the four-day conference. SPJ was joined by RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association), NAHJ (National Association of Hispanic Journalists), and NAJA (Native American Journalists Association). Headquarters reports that there were more than 1,800 people in attendance.

Two well-known journalists were honored at EIJ—RTDNA celebrated Lester Holt’s remarkable career with the Paul White Award. Holt had planned to accept the award in person, but duty called and he spoke to attendees from Florida, where he was covering Hurricane Irma. In addition, RTDNA presented the John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award to CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, who gave an inspired acceptance speech defending journalism. In addition to the honors, EIJ put on dozens of excellent talks, programs, demonstrations, committee meetings, and more, plus two fascinating Super Sessions (21st-Century Reality: Covering Immigrant and Refugee Communities is for Every Journalist and Work in Progress: Pressing the President).

One of the bigger happenings at EIJ was the vote to restructure SPJ’s national board. By fall of 2019, SPJ’s national board will shrink from 23 members to nine. The streamlined board will consist of three officers, four at-large directors and two appointed directors. Read more about the the restructure process and a transition timeline found here. What does that mean for your regional director? Nothing at the moment. Once this regional director term is complete in 2019, the position becomes a “regional coordinator.” There will still be a regional coordinator caucus, and RCs will have a pipeline to the board to discuss local chapter issues. But the change should allow RCs more time to focus on their student and pro chapters.

Take a look at the nine resolutions passed by the society’s delegates at EIJ here.

Interested in attending a future EIJ conference? Start planning now—they are scheduled through 2020.

September 27–29, 2018: Baltimore, MD (Hilton Baltimore)
September 5–7, 2019: San Antonio, TX (Grand Hyatt)
September 10–12, 2020: Washington, DC (Washington Hilton)

I personally would love to see this conference come to the Northwest. Any ideas on how we can make that happen? I’ll be lobbying the search committee at HQ.

SPJ Pres. Sonny Albarado: Shame & the Shield Law

In recent weeks, Shield Law legislation has been revived and SPJ is ready to take a stand to protect reporters and the public. Here’s an update from SPJ President Sonny Albarado to tell us what that means and how we can all help.

You can find additional resources here.

 

2012 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest Calls For Entries

HELENA, Mont., January 7, 2013 – Today Region 10 of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced its call for entries for the 2012 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest. The contest honors exceptional journalism published or produced in 2012 in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana in all forms of media (print, online, radio, and TV). Both SPJ and non-SPJ members are invited to participate in the contest.

The SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest is officially accepting entries today through 4:59 pm (PST) on Fri., Feb. 15, 2013. SPJ Regional Director Ian Marquand, a freelance journalist in Helena, Mont., highlights several changes to this year’s contest:

– In Alternative Weeklies, the Criticism category was renamed Critiques and Reviews.
– In the Non-Daily Newspaper category, Portrait Photography was added.
– In Magazines, News Photography was eliminated.
– In the Online category, descriptions were added for clarification. In addition, Best Site, Commentary was eliminated.
– In Radio and Television, the General Excellence category was eliminated.
– In Television, for the purpose of clarification, Spot News Reporting is now Live Breaking News Coverage and Photojournalism is now Video Photography.

In the 2011 contest, approximately 2,000 entries in 200 categories were received from around the region. A similar number is anticipated this year. In late February, entries will be submitted to out-of-state journalists for judging, due back at the end of March. Winners’ notifications will be made in mid to late April.

The Western Washington Pro and Southwestern Washington/Oregon Pro SPJ chapters will present awards to those in their respective chapters at awards banquets in Seattle and Portland on Sat., May 18. The remaining awards will be announced online that evening and presented by their respective chapter leaders.

For more information about the contest or to begin submitting entries through Omni Solutions, please visit the contest entry portal at http://reg10spjcontest.com.

For questions, please contact contest administrator Ruth Pettis at ruthpettis10@gmail.com or 206-781-8097, or SPJ Secretary/Treasurer Dana Neuts at spjdana@gmail.com or 360-920-1737, or regional director Ian Marquand at marquand.im@gmail.com or 406-529-6494.

 

Let’s welcome Ian Marquand!

After serving as regional director for three years, and as a chapter leader in the W. Washington Pro chapter since 2006, I stepped down from my role as RD last month to accept the position of national SPJ Secretary/Treasurer. I resigned mid-term and recommended Montana Pro Chapter President Ian Marquand to the national board to take my place. He was voted into that role unanimously on Sept. 23, 2012 and will serve Region X as RD until the August 2013 convention in Anaheim. At that time, Ian can run for re-election if he chooses.

I’ve enjoyed working closely with the chapters in our region and learning from each of you. It is hard to “leave” my RD role because I’ve loved it so much, but it is time for me to let someone else serve you and to see how else I can contribute to SPJ. Ian, who has held virtually every role in SPJ but serving on the national board, stands eager and ready to support you in whatever way possible including managing the 2012 SPJ NW Excellence in Journalism Contest, honoring work produced or published in 2012.

If you haven’t met Ian already, you’ll find him to be a great resource and very personable and easy to work with. While he has a full-time gig outside the industry now, he remains a part-time freelance journalist, stays in touch with journalists throughout the region, and is a long-time supporter and member of SPJ’s FOI committee. His most recent SPJ role was assisting with the Access Across America training series held this summer across the nation. He is also a winner of the Wells Key, the society’s highest honor.

Please join me in welcoming Ian to his new role as RD. We will do a face-to-face intro video chat in the near future.

As for me, well, I’ll still be here. My role has changed, but I haven’t. I am always here to help.

Thanks for all you do!

Dana Neuts
SPJ Secretary/Treasurer
360.920.173

 

Congratulations to our 2011 SPJ Contest Winners!

Congratulations to all of the winners in our 2011 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest! We had more than 2,100 entries this year in 184 categories. Trophies were awarded to 1st place winners and certificates were awarded to 2nd and 3rd place winners at awards ceremonies tonight in Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash. Other chapters will host their own events, or will provide awards to the winners on an individual basis.

–> Click here to download the complete list of winners <–

Need to order a corrected trophy or certificate, or order a duplicate? Download the order form here and submit it to regional director Dana Neuts by July 15.

We’d like to thank our out-of-state judges for helping us choose this year’s winners. We couldn’t have done it without you! A special thanks to these chapters and their teams of judges who helped:

– Paul Fletcher, Pat Kane and Virginia Pro SPJ

– Jack Zibluk

– Stirling Morita and Hawaii SPJ

– Nic Garcia, Colorado SPJ

– Jodie Mozdzer, Connecticut SPJ

– Kelly Kissel, Sonny  Albarado & Michael Koretzy, Green Eye Shades

– Bob Lipper, Long Island SPJ

– Sarah Bauer, Minnesota SPJ

– Scott Thiesen, Minnesota SPJ

– Jenn Rowell, Washington D.C. SPJ

– Ginny Frizzi, Pennsylvania SPJ

– Kevin Smith, SPJ past-president and Ethics Chair

– Carol Cole-Frowe, Oklahoma SPJ & freelance committee member

 

2012 SPJ Region 10 Spring Conference

Did you attend the 2012 SPJ Region 10 Spring Conference at PLU in Tacoma last weekend? If so, tell us what you thought.

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2013 Region 10 SPJ Spring Conference

Yes, you read that correctly! We are already planning next year’s spring conference. The 2013 conference will be held in early to mid April in Spokane. Have ideas for programs? Venue or sponsor suggestions? Other recommendations? Contact Pia Hallenberg, The Spokesman Review, of the Inland Northwest Chapter or Dana Neuts, regional director.

 

 

SPJ Spring Conference: Lost & Found

The staff at PLU reports a few items were found over the weekend. They may belong to participants in last weekend’s SPJ Spring Conference. Lost items:

  • Cell phone (black Samsung)
  • Rain Jacket (light green, Pac Tech, Ladies Medium)
  • Sun filter for a camera

PLU will hang onto the items until Fri., April 13, 2012. Contact Kelley Kohlwes at PLU to claim your items.

 

Region 10 Spring Conference: The Working Press

Members of the SPJ Student Chapter at Pacific Lutheran University recreated the Working Press for this weekend’s SPJ conference. Inviting students from around the region to participate, the Working Press site includes session recaps, speaker handouts, photos, an agenda, list of Mark of  Excellence Award winners and more. If you missed the conference, or if you attended and want to see more on sessions you missed, check it out. It is a great site with lots of useful information.

Well done, PLU!

 

 

Congrats, Region 10 MOE Winners!

Congratulations to all of the Region 10 winners in this year’s Mark of Excellence (MOE) Awards! Region 10 had more than 300 entries. This year’s winners were honored at an awards luncheon held Sat., March 31 at Pacific Lutheran University. Emceed by PLU student Jack Sorensen, the awards ceremony included a keynote speech by independent video journalist Josh Wolf and the awards presentation by Ian Marquand, Montana Pro Chapter President, and SPJ President John Ensslin. Congratulations to all of our talented students!

SPJ Region 10 includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. This year, the contest received more than 4,000 entries across SPJ’s 12 regions. First-place regional winners will advance to the national round of judging. National winners will be announced in late April.

The winners are listed below. For additional information on the Mark of Excellence awards, please contact Awards Coordinator Lauren Rochester at lrochester@spj.org.

REGION 10 WINNERS

Four-year colleges

Breaking News Photography
• First Place: Gunshot – by Nick Gast, University of Montana
• Second Place: Fire destroys waterfront homes on Swinomish land – by Benjamin Woodard, Western Washington University
• Third Place: Fighting back – by Nichole Williamson, Central Washington University

Feature Photography
• First Place: Cosmopolitan cowboy – by Jordan Stead, Western Washington University
• Second Place: Parkour: the world is a playground – by Erin Nash, Western Washington University
• Third Place: Acid tide – by Lauren Owens, Western Washington University

General News Photography
• First Place: Take Back the Night – by Theodore Charles, Pacific Lutheran University
• Second Place: New pledges jump into brotherhood – by Vinay Bikkina, Oregon State University
• Third Place: After air combat, a few precious weeks home – by Benjamin Woodard, Western Washington University

Photo Illustration
• First Place: Smashing good time – by Jordan Stead, Western Washington University
• Second Place: Strategic sleuth – by Jordan Stead, Western Washington University
• Third Place: Journey to the center – by Jordan Stead, Western Washington University

Sports Photography
• First Place: Northwest Collegiate Climbing Challenge – by Jordan Stead, Western Washington University
• Second Place: Ski to Sea kayak finish – by Jordan Stead, Western Washington University
• Third Place: Home ‘sweet’ home – by Zack Berlat, Gonzaga University

Best Student Magazine
• First Place: The Planet, Western Washington University
• Second Place: Ethos, University of Oregon
• Third Place: No award*

Non-Fiction Magazine Article
• First Place: Stuck in dignity – by Deborah Bloom, University of Oregon
• Second Place: Beyond the high: A fight against disease, stigma and jail – by Benjamin Woodard, Western Washington University
• Third Place: HIV+ – by Cody Newton, University of Oregon

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
• First Place: The Daily Barometer, Oregon State University
• Second Place: The Daily Evergreen, Washington State University
• Third Place: No award*

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper
• First Place: The Western Front, Western Washington University
• Second Place: The Whitworthian, Whitworth University
• Third Place: The Falcon, Seattle Pacific University

Breaking News Reporting
• First Place: President Hopoi impeached – by Kristin Pugmire, Oregon State University
• Second Place: Western student leaves Egypt amidst protests – by Brianna Gibbs, Western Washington University
• Third Place: Files expose new details on UI murder – by Rochelle Adams, Kaitlin Gillespie, Stephanie Schendel and Anna Marum, Washington State University

Editorial Writing
• First Place: Caitlin Yilek, University of Portland
• Second Place: Al Jacobs, University of Washington Seattle
• Third Place: No award*

Feature Writing
• First Place: The girl I killed – by Billie Loewen, University of Montana
• Second Place: Failure & fortune on the frontier – by Lily Rabil, University of Montana
• Third Place: Student airman uses Skype to attend class – by Heather Bryant, University of Alaska Fairbanks

General Column Writing
• First Place: John Gats and Tony DiTommaso, Gonzaga University
• Second Place: Dylan Hoff, Washington State University
• Third Place: Gavin Mathis, Washington State University

General News Reporting
• First Place: Ride along with the party bus – by Caleb Hutton and Colin Diltz, Western Washington University
• Second Place: Death with Dignity Act may face amendment – by Evan Marczynski, Western Washington University
• Third Place: Haven – by Melissa Steffan, Seattle Pacific University

In-Depth Reporting
• First Place: Pipeline safety vs. property rights – by Benjamin Woodard, Western Washington University
• Second Place: Pride and poison – by Heidi Groover, University of Montana
• Third Place: Students struggle with tuition hikes – by Rochelle Adams and Scott Shigeoka, Washington State University

Sports Column Writing
• First Place: Jesse Severson, Oregon State University
• Second Place: Grady Garrett, Oregon State University
• Third Place: Ryan Burnett, Brett Gleason and Adam Lewis, Washington State University

Sports Writing
• First Place: Please stand and remove your hats… – by Matt Snyder, Gonzaga University
• Second Place: Born to play – by Grady Garrett, Oregon State University
• Third Place: Sports struggle for equality and balance – by Matthew Carstens, Central Washington University

Best Affiliated Web Site
• First Place: The Argonaut (www.uiargonaut.com), University of Idaho
• Second Place: The Sun Star (www.uafsunstar.com), University of Alaska Fairbanks
• Third Place: No award*

Best Independent Online Student Publication
• First Place: Native land, natural resources, University of Montana
• Second Place: No award*
• Third Place: No award*

Online Feature Reporting
• First Place: Undammed: the Elwha River story – by Lauren Owens and Heather Shupe, Western Washington University
• Second Place: WSU student recalls the horrors of Libyan prison – by Kirsty Whitmore, Washington State University
• Third Place: Life really begins in the Geneva underground – by Jack Sorensen, Pacific Lutheran University

Online In-Depth Reporting
• First Place: In rural Northwest, the high cost of war – by Hannah Van Ree and Justin Runquist, Washington State University
• Second Place: Havoc in the herd: Extended coverage – by Kelsey Gobroski, University of Alaska Fairbanks
• Third Place: The Mast staff responds to publication of profanity imbroglio – by The Mooring Mast Staff, Pacific Lutheran University

Online News Reporting
• First Place: Libyan conflict threatens aid for graduate students – by Kirsty Whitmore, Washington State University
• Second Place: Universities struggle with federal crime reporting – by Scott Shigeoka and Rachel Webber, Washington State University
• Third Place: Undammed: the Elwha River story – by Heather Shupe and Lauren Owens, Washington State University

Online Sports Reporting
• First Place: Heading taking a lot of blame as concussions increase in soccer – by Byron Edelman, Washington State University
• Second Place: Social media monitoring of athletes on the rise – by Ryan Burnett, Washington State University
• Third Place: Dodgeball ducks, dips and dives at PLU – by Judah Heimlich, Pacific Lutheran University

Radio Feature Reporting
• First Place: Inner musings – by Adrienne Ellsworth, University of Montana
• Second Place: Mother of mercy – by Bethany Jo Denton, Western Washington University
• Third Place: Placentophagy – by Jeff Emtman, Western Washington University

Radio In-depth Reporting
• First Place: Profiles in diversity – by Adrienne Ellsworth, Clark Hodges and Steele Williams, University of Montana
• Second Place: Bellingham Boo’s – by Bethany Jo Denton, Western Washington University
• Third Place: No award*

Television Feature Reporting
• First Place: A tough transition – by Katherine Kettering and Dizhi Gi, University of Montana
• Second Place: Undie run – by Emily Foster and Matt DeBray, University of Montana
• Third Place: Horse treadmill – by Abby Acone and Christina Jones, Washington State University

Television In-depth Reporting
• First Place: Overexposed: The cost of compassion – by Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath, Katie Scaff and Hailey Rile, Pacific Lutheran University
• Second Place: Connecting the (406) – by University of Montana Documentary Unit, University of Montana
• Third Place: No award*

Television General News Reporting
• First Place: One long route – by Gillette Vaira, University of Montana
• Second Place: Pine beetle – by Scott Ranf and Faith Cronin, University of Montana
• Third Place: Coal trains – by Scott Ranf and Stephanie Hanson, University of Montana

Television Breaking News Reporting
• First Place: Bicycle-bus accident – by Abby Acone and Gabrielle Lewis, Washington State University
• Second Place: No award*
• Third Place: No award*

Television Feature Photography
• First Place: Pumpkins fly through the air at Punkin’ Chunkin’ Contest – by Bernie Riggs and Emily Foster, University of Montana
• Second Place: Horse treadmill – by Abby Acone and Christina Jones, Washington State University
• Third Place: Big Sky Brain Project – by Emily Foster and Brad Peers, University of Montana

Television News Photography
• First Place: UM Grad Student brings lasting global connection to Missoula – by Bernie Riggs and Annemiek Wilson, University of Montana
• Second Place: No award*
• Third Place: No award*

Television Sports Photography
• First Place: 2nd Annual Treasure State Shred Fest – by Maegan Simmons, University of Montana
• Second Place: Belegarth Medieval Combat – by Bernie Riggs, University of Montana
• Third Place: UM soccer – by Brad Peers and Emily Foster, University of Montana

Two-year and community colleges

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper
• First Place: The Sentinel, North Idaho College
• Second Place: The Broadside, Central Oregon Community College
• Third Place: The Communicator, Spokane Falls Community College

Editorial Writing
• First Place: Noura Alfadl-Andreasson, North Idaho College
• Second Place: No award*
• Third Place: No award*

Feature Photography
• First Place: Parkour – by Catherine Mullaney, North Idaho College
• Second Place: Faust photos – by Nick Jacquot, North Idaho College
• Third Place: No award*

Feature Writing
• First Place: Learning lessons through heritage – by Kaye Thornbrugh, North Idaho College
• Second Place: Veteran’s Day: Alan Moorhouse profile – by Alyssa Wilder, Central Oregon Community College
• Third Place: Time to sing a new song – by Viola Ware, Peninsula College

General News Photography
• First Place: Occupy Spokane – by Gabe Green, North Idaho College
• Second Place: No award*
• Third Place: No award*

Breaking News Reporting
• First Place: Hoops heaven! – by Ryan Hueter, Peninsula College
• Second Place: ASCOCC potentially shut down – by Tobey Veenstra, Central Oregon Community College
• Third Place: No award*

Editorial Cartooning
• First Place: Tobey Veenstra, Central Oregon Community College
• Second Place: Shane Wellner, North Idaho College
• Third Place: No award*

General News Reporting
• First Place: Idaho gun bill articles – by Tala Wood, North Idaho College
• Second Place: Students experience poverty – by Connor DeVries, North Idaho College
• Third Place: Peabody-Award winner speaks at NIC – by Joyce Hargrove and Kaye Thornbrugh, North Idaho College

In-Depth Reporting
• First Place: $27,000: Is It a fair use of your student fees? – by Tobey Veenstra, Central Oregon Community College
• Second Place: Elwha articles – by Jameson Hawn and Ryan Hueter, Peninsula College
• Third Place: Campus security – by Kirsteen Wolf, Central Oregon Community College

Sports Photography
• First Place: Rail jam wipeout – by Derek Oldham, Central Oregon Community College
• Second Place: Wrestling flip – by Ethan Schlussler, North Idaho College
• Third Place: No award*

Sports Writing
• First Place: Sigmar Field unveiled – by Ryan Hueter, Peninsula College
• Second Place: Cheer squad wins national title – by Eric Rivera, North Idaho College
• Third Place: The NBA lockout and a case for a return to Seattle basketball – by Tim Foss, Jr., Edmonds Community College

 

* Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best in student journalism. Judges are not required to select first, second or third place winners.


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