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Would you like a copy of your Northwest Excellence in Journalism award? Newsrooms and individuals can purchase additional awards from our vendor, Athletic Awards, directly.

Contact Tim Shore via email, or call him at(206) 624-3995. Pricing for extra trophies is $35 and $3.50 for the certificates.  These orders can either be paid for on-site when they’re picked up at the Seattle location, or the vendor set up payment and shipping over the phone.

Northwest Excellence in Journalism Results are Live!

Congratulations on another stellar year in journalism! Below are the results of the 2016 Northwest Excellence in Journalism competition.

The Western Washington PRO chapter will distribute awards to Seattle-area winners at a fun event on 6/5. Click here for details.

The Oregon Territory chapter will distribute awards to Portland-area winners on 6/7. Click here for details.

Awards won by journalists outside Seattle and Portland will be mailed to the winning newsroom.

The competition awards one trophy (Winner) and one certificate (Runner Up) per category. Additional trophies and certificates can be ordered from our contest vendor directly. Trophies and certificate are currently in production, and reorder/additional order information will be available upon completion.

If a category isn’t listed below, it means there were not enough entries to move on to the judging round. Entries in these categories were notified and either refunded, or had their entries moved to another appropriate category. The contest did not require judges to name winners in categories. If a category below lists NO WINNERS, it means the judges for that category found the entries did not fit the requirements for a winning entry.

Here are the results:

Writing, Photography, Design (Small, 15 or fewer FTE newsroom employees)

Graphics & Illustrations
Winner
Portland Monthly
Cover: January 2016
Mike Novak, John Skewes

Runner Up
Scotsman Guide Residential Edition/ Scotsman Guide Commercial Edition
Absorbing the TRID Blows; The Allure of Small Business; Polish Those Defective Loans
Jeffrey Sabourin, Dennis Wunsch, Chuck Howard

Short-Form Feature News Reporting
Portland Monthly
“Should Portland Save the Memorial Coliseum?”
Lisa Dunn

Runner Up
Ampersand magazine
Raising Consciousness
Florangela Davila

Feature Photography
Winner
Alaska Beyond Magazine
Gearing Up to Take Great Photos
Art Wolfe

Runner Up
Columns Magazine
Dying of a Terminal Illness, Living on the Streets
Ron Wurzer

Photo Essay
Winner
Equal Voice News
Photos at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Mike Kane

Runner Up
Real Change News
Standing tall at Standing Rock
Alex Garland

Sports Action Photography
Winner
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
BHS basketball vs. Flathead
Rachel Leathe

Runner Up
The Issaquah Press
Literally football
Scott Stoddard

Best Photo Portfolio
Winner
The Daily Astorian
Danny Miller’s Photo Portfolio
Danny Miller

Runner Up
The Wenatchee World
Photo portfolio
Don Seabrook

Food & Drink Reporting
Winner
Seattle Met
The Five Oysters You Meet in Washington
Allecia Vermillion

Runner Up
Portland Monthly
20 People, Places & Plates That Set Portland’s Epic Table
Kelly Clarke, Nicolle Clemetson, Mike Novak, Amy Martin

General News Photography
Winner
The Daily Astorian
Confederate soldiers
Danny Miller

Runner Up
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Sacajawea Audubon searches kestrel nest
Rachel Leathe

Spot News Photography
Winner
Northwest News Network
Oil Train Derails In Mosier
Emily Schwing

Runner Up
The News-Review
At first I didn’t believe it
Michael Henneke

Sports Feature Photography
Winner
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Silver Gloves practice
Rachel Leathe

Runner Up
The Daily Astorian
2A/1A state championship game
Danny Miller

Long-Form Feature News Reporting
Winner
Seattle Met
The Secret Lives of Bigfoot Hunters
Allison Williams

Runner Up
Equal Voice News
Why Don’t You Just Move?
Alison Stine

Spot News Reporting
Winner
The Chinook Observer
GRASS FIRE UPROOTED
Luke Whittaker

Runner Up
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Yellowstone River closed: Unprecedented fish kill closes 183-mile stretch of river
Michael Wright

 

Sports Feature Story
Winner
Flathead Living
The Return of Tanner Hall
Dillon Tabish

Runner Up
Crosscut.com
Seattle’s all-female football team: This isn’t the lingerie league
Cambria Roth

Business Reporting
Winner
Crosscut.com
Understanding Seattle’s high-rise boom
Paul Roberts

Runner Up
Seattle Business Magazine
Look Up in the Sky
Bill Virgin

Lifestyles & Travel Reporting
Winner
Washington State Visitor Guide
Explore Like a Local
Angela Cabotaje, Karin Vandraiss

Runner Up
Seattle Met
The Secrets of Sea-Tac Airport
Allison Williams

Arts & Entertainment
Winner
Crosscut.com
The making of a burlesque dancer
Reagan Jackson

Runner Up
Columns Magazine
Rock The New Digs
Hannah Gilman

Page Design
Winner
The News-Review
Front Page Design
Katie Alaimo

Runner Up
The Times (Tigard, Tualatin & Sherwood edition)
The Times front pages
Kate Schell

Social Issues Reporting
Winner
InvestigateWest/Crosscut
Foster Care Crisis
Allegra Abramo, Susanna Ray

Runner Up
Seattle Met
Can Seattle Make Homelessness Rare?
Josh Feit

Column
Winner
Seattle Met
Back Fence
Kathryn Robinson

Runner Up
Seattle Business Magazine
Virgin for Columns
Bill Virgin

Comprehensive Coverage
Corvallis Gazette-Times
“Cold War Casualties” series, including “Cold War Casualties” with sidebar “Metals Workers Raise Issues,” “The Forgotten Man,” “DeFazio Wants Wah Chang to Cooperate” and “Wah Chang to Resume Verifying Employment”
Bennett Hall, Godofredo Vasquez, Jessica Habjan, Chris Chapman

Runner Up
InvestigateWest
Foster Care: A System in Crisis
Allegra Abramo, Susanna Ray

Sports Column
Winner
Cougfan.com
Barry Bolton Sports Columns
Barry Bolton

Runner Up
Cougfan.com
Jed Collins
Sports Columns
Jed Collins

Sports Reporting
Winner
Cougfan.com
WSU freshman running back James Williams, ‘blessed’ by Cougars’ commitment to him in dark days, returning favor in major way
Skyler Cracraft

Runner Up
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Conflicted contracts? Former MSU coach Ash says no conflict in university hiring son’s company
Parker Gabriel

Crime and Justice Reporting
Winner
Portland Business Journal
Rise, Fall Aequitas
Matthew Kish

Runner Up
SeattlePI.com
Dozens of Seattle sexual assault claims languished for years
Levi Pulkkinen

Editorial & Commentary
Winner
Seattle Business Magazine
Levesque for Commentaries
John Levesque

Runner Up
Siuslaw News
The danger of forgetting our ‘Day of Infamy’; The importance of accepting what homelessness isn’t; Keeping your letters from becoming a murky brew
Ned Hickson

Investigative Reporting
Winner
The News-Review
Roseburg armory exposes renters to toxic lead
April Ehrlich

Runner Up
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Was MSU slow to act? Faculty upset by university’s handling of troubled professor
Gail Schontzler

Health & Science Reporting
Winner
Crosscut.com
The orcas are starving
David Neiwert

Runner Up
Real Change News
Broken regimens
Kelsey Hamlin

Portrait Photography
Winner
Alaska Beyond Magazine
Photo Page
Clark James Mishler

Runner Up
Portland Monthly
The Spark (Portrait of Karlen Yallup)
Terry Manier

Digital Innovation
Winner
YES! Magazine
Comics Reporting–When Fighting Wildfires
Jennifer Luxton, Stephen Miller

Runner Up
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Walkability gap story and interactive
Eric Dietrich

Government and Politics Reporting
Winner
Portland Monthly
“Why Portland’s Elected Leaders Keep Failing Despite the City’s Success”
Zach Dundas

Runner Up
Northwest Asian Weekly
New bill brings cultural competency to food inspection
Tiffany Ran

General Excellence
Winner
Seattle Met
April and June
Staff

Runner Up
YES! Magazine
YES! Magazine Spring and Summer Issues
Staff

 

Writing, Photography, Design (Medium, 16 to 49 FTE newsroom employees)

 

Arts & Entertainment
Winner
The Columbian
Paul versus Paul / point by point
Scott Hewitt

Runner Up
The News Tribune
“Think you’re busy?”
Rosemary Ponnekanti

Investigative Reporting
Winner
Willamette Week
Roofless
Nigel Jaquiss

Runner Up
Portland Tribune
Zombie homes series
Peter Korn

Sports Column
Winner
The Columbian
Time to consider schools’ classification success in reclassification process / Special relay reminds us what prep sports are all about / Public schools vs. Private, what do the facts say?
Tim Martinez

Runner Up
The Columbian
Sweet Redemption for 2013 Defeat; PSU Football Tempered by Tragedy; State Champion’s Coach Inspired Him on Deeper Level
Micah Rice

Best Photo Portfolio
Winner
Missoulian
Photography Portfolio
Kurt Wilson

Runner Up
Kitsap Sun
Meegan M. Reid portfolio
Meegan M. Reid

Feature Photography
Winner
Kitsap Sun
Cat rescue
Meegan M. Reid

Runner Up
Mail Tribune
Sky boarder
Jamie Lusch

Portrait Photography
Winner
Kitsap Sun
Free the nipple couple
Larry Steagall

Runner Up
The Daily Herald
Untitled
Kevin Clark

Sports Feature Photography
Winner
Missoulian
Olympic Reflections
Tommy Martino

Runner Up
*NO WINNER

Health & Science Reporting
Winner
Kitsap Sun
River Delta Reborn
Tristan Baurick

Runner Up
Portland Tribune
The ethics of Blue’s body
Shasta Kearns Moore

Business Reporting
Winner
The Daily Herald, Everett
Broadway’s bright future
Chris Winters, Eric Stevick

Runner Up
Willamette Week
Squished
Beth Slovic

Column
Winner
The News Tribune
Matt Driscoll columns
Matt Driscoll

Runner Up
Statesman Journal
The genesis of a toy drive, Retired prison boss in Salem is death penalty critic, Cancer patients ride in style
Capi Lynn

Sports Action Photography
Winner
The Daily Herald
untitled
Kevin Clark

Runner Up
Statesman Journal
Jubilation at the Olympic Trials in Salem
Molly J. Smith

Spot News Reporting
Winner
KTUU Channel 2 Attack on the Iditarod trail
Kyle Hopkins

Runner Up
Yakima Herald-Republic
Ammonia leak at Stadelman Fruit forces evacuations, road closures in Zillah
Mai Hoang, Michelle Iracheta

Short-Form Feature News Reporting
Winner
Missoulian Newspaper
Pride and pageants: It’s a two-way street
Vince Devlin

Runner Up
The Columbian
Trump made approach to Cowlitz over casino plan
Lauren Dake

Long-Form Feature News Reporting
Winner
The Daily Herald, Everett
Everett Massacre: Death on the Dock
Eric Stevick, Julie Muhlstein

Runner Up
Willamette Week
Wilder
Aaron Mesh

Comprehensive Coverage
Winner
The Columbian
Oil Town
Brooks Johnson, Dameon Pesanti

Runner Up
The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wa)
Coverage of the Tacoma methanol plant
Derrick Nunnally, Kate Martin, Adam Ashton

 

Editorial & Commentary
Winner
Statesman Journal
All I know is this must stop; Malheur protesters violate the Constitution they seek to protect; Don’t mess with Oregon’s wolves
Dick Hughes

Runner Up
The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wa)
Editorial commentary compilation
Matt Misterek

General News Photography
Winner
Mail Tribune
Memorial Day: Thousands honor service members at Eagle Point National Cemetery
Jamie Lusch

Runner Up
The Columbian
Crash victim thanks his saviors
Amanda Cowan

Spot News Photography
Winner
Tri-City Herald
Police Get Man to Leave Cable Bridge
Bob Brawdy

Runner Up
Yakima Herald-Republic
Ammonia Leak
Shawn Gust

Government and Politics Reporting
Winner
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Trump Victory Has Northwest Timber Towns Cheering
Jes Burns, Cassandra Profita

Runner Up
Willamette Week
Reinventing the Wheeler
Beth Slovic

Crime and Justice Reporting
Winner
Seattle Weekly
The Double Bind
Sara Bernard

Runner Up
Willamette Week
She Survived. He Didn’t.
Beth Slovic

Sports Reporting
Winner
Mail Tribune
Miles: Kids’ sports culture needs repair
Tim Trower

Runner Up
The Daily News of Longview, Wash
Wood vs. Metal Bats: Will NWAC go back to its old ways? Talk begins this week
Rick McCorkle

Social Issues Reporting
Winner
Willamette Week
Kicked Out of Town
Rachel Monahan

Runner Up
Willamette Week
Homeless Heaven
Rachel Monahan

Photo Essay
Winner
Yakima Herald-Republic
Evan Mettie
Mason Trinca

Runner Up
Seattle Weekly
The Fear and Resolve of Those Most Threatened by a Trump Presidency
Jovelle Tamayo

Page Design
Winner
The Columbian Feb. 19; April 29; Sept. 4
Dave Magnuson

Willamette Week
Runner Up
A Field Guide to Urban Camping
Rick Vodicka, Caleb Misclevitz, Julie Showers

Digital Innovation
Winner
Yakima Herald-Republic
Little League Photos
Paul Crawford

Runner Up
Yakima Herald-Republic
Police Incident Map
Aidian Holder

Sports Feature Story
Winner
The Daily Herald, Everett
Rescue on Denali
Rich Myhre

Runner Up
Willamette Week
Thorn This Way
Jonanna Widner

General Excellence
Winner
Willamette Week
April 6 and Nov. 16
Mark Zusman

Runner Up
Statesman Journal
April 6 and Sept. 25
Staff

 

Writing, Photography, Design (Large, 50 or more FTE newsroom employees)
Short-Form Feature News Reporting Winner
The Oregonian Portland’s Joyce Hotel closes, slamming doors shut for 90 vulnerable tenants
Casey Parks

Runner Up
Seattlepi.com
Chad Crooks didn’t have to die
Levi Pulkkinen

Photo Essay
Winner
SeattlePI.com
Pig Harvest on Vashon Genna Martin

Runner Up
The Seattle Times
Seattle’s Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Churches
Erika Schultz

General News Photography
Winner SeattlePI.com
Alton Sterling BLM Protest
Grant Hindsley

Runner Up
The Seattle Times
The Emperor Has No Clothes
Alan Berner

Spot News Photography
Winner
The Register-Guard
Sewer capture
Collin Andrew

Runner Up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Election protests
Mark Graves

Crime and Justice Reporting
Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
State fails to track sex offenders
Maxine Bernstein

Runner Up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
When a trooper slaps his son
Carli Brosseau, Rebecca Woolington

Portrait Photography
Winner
SeattlePI.com
Rolling Homeless: Adam & Sarah
Genna Martin

Runner Up
SeattlePI.com
Tattoo Expo
Grant Hindsley

Best Photo Portfolio
Winner
The Seattle Times
Portfolio
Bettina Hansen

Runner Up
SeattlePI.com
Portfolio 2016
Genna Martin

Social Issues Reporting
Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Baby Battle
Aimee Green

Runner Up
The Oregonian
She loved her husband. Could she love her transgender wife?
Casey Parks

Spot News Reporting
Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Militia acquittals
Maxine Bernstein

Runner Up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
LaVoy Finicum shooting
The Oregonian/OregonLive staff

Business Reporting
Winner
Register-Guard Investors
Losing Hope of Recouping Losses
Christian Wihtol

Runner Up
Bloomberg News
How Despots Use Twitter to Hunt Dissidents
Benjamin Elgin, Peter Robison

Column
Winner
The Seattle Times
Seattle Sketcher column
Gabriel Campanario

Runner Up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Columns by Steve Duin
Steve Duin

Comprehensive Coverage
Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Umpqua shooting aftermath
Andrew Theen, Rebecca Woolington, Molly Young

Runner Up
Alaska Dispatch News
Climate change in Alaska and the Arctic
Yereth Rosen

Long-Form Feature News Reporting
Winner
Bloomberg News Warren Buffett Made a Big Bet On an `In-Your-Face’ CEO
Noah Buhayar

Runner Up
The Seattle Times
‘Microcosm of the city’: Garfield High principal navigates racial divide
Claudia Rowe

Sports Feature Story
Winner
Alaska Dispatch News
A football culture is growing in a traditional Russian village
Marc Lester

Runner Up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
JT Taylor
John Canzano

Investigative Reporting
Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Toxic Armories
Rob Davis

Runner Up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Draining Oregon
Kelly House, Mark Graves

Feature Photography
Winner
SeattlePI.com
Detective Cookie crashes the school dance
Genna Martin

Runner Up
The Register-Guard
Feeding the meter
Collin Andrew

Health & Science Reporting
Winner
Bloomberg News
Delicate Dances With Those Who Save Wolves
Karen Weise

Runner Up
Alaska Dispatch News
The run of a lifetime
Marc Lester

Sports Reporting
Winner
Seattle Times
City Brushed off Feasibility of NHL, NBA at KeyArena
Geoff Baker

Runner Up
Seattle Times
White Sox protest against Mariners collecting 60 percent of visiting clubhouse dues
Geoff Baker

Government and Politics Reporting
Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Draining Oregon
Kelly House, Mark Graves

Runner Up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Tribal housing promises forgotten
Molly Harbarger

Sports Action Photography
Winner
SeattlePI.com
Boykin dives for the TD
Genna Martin

Runner Up
The Seattle Times
The Save
Lindsey Wasson

Sports Feature Photography
Winner
The Seattle Times
Eleven Hundred Pounds of Sumos
Alan Berner Berner

Runner Up
The Seattle Times
Closer
Lindsey Wasson

Page Design
Winner
The Register-Guard
Three page designs
Tom Penix

Runner Up
Seattle Times
Lund pages
Rick Lund

Digital Innovation
Winner
The Seattle Times
Under Our Skin: What do we mean when we talk about race?
Seattle Times staff

Runner UP
KTUU-TV
DATA VIZ: Most unwanted technology items post-Christmas
Sidney Sullivan

Graphics & Illustrations
*NO WINNERS
Audio, Video (Small, 24 or fewer FTE newsroom employees)

 

Feature Video Reporting
Winner
EastIdahoNews.com
Remembering Jeralee Underwood
Nate Eaton

Runner Up
KTUU
Angelica’s Journey
Dan Carpenter

Breaking Video Reporting
Winner
Mail Tribune
On the front lines of the Gap fire
Ryan Pfeil

Runner Up
KIMA-TV
High wind causes concern for Halfway Fire in Yakima County
Jackie DelPilar

Investigative Video Reporting
Winner
Albany Democrat-Herald
Workers raise fairness issues
Jessica Habjan, Godofredo Vasquez

Runner Up
KAPP-KVEW Local News
The Cash Cow Catch 22
Galen Ettlin, Mike Gonzalez

Investigative Audio Reporting
Northwest News Network
Gun Law Gaps
Austin Jenkins, Chris Ingalls

*NO RUNNER UP

Sports Audio Reporting
*NO WINNERS

Audio News Series
Winner
Alaska Public Media
Fostering Our Future
Anne Hillman

Runner Up
KTOO
Chasing the Dream
Elizabeth Jenkins

Video News Series
Winner
KAPP-KVEW Local News
LGBT messages vandalized with slurs, “straight pride” at local high schools
Galen Ettlin

Runner Up
KRTV
Exercise Saber Guardian
Margaret DeMarco

General News Video Reporting
Winner
EastIdahoNews.com
The Sunday Bandit
Nate Eaton, Stephan Rockefeller

Runner Up
KTUU
The Return to Tikigaq
Dan Carpenter

General News Audio Reporting
Winner
KTOO
Nikiski residents in limbo after LNG land grab
Rashah McChesney

Runner Up
Northwest News Network
In A Trump Year, Candidates Look For Ways To Shake Things Up
Austin Jenkins

Feature Audio Reporting
Winner
KNKX Public Radio
She Had To Relive The Worst Moments Of Her Life, And A Dog Got Her Through It
Gabriel Spitzer

Runner Up
KNKX Public Radio
Parents Wait To See If Criminal Charges Will Be Filed Over Their Son’s Death In Island County Jail
Ashley Gross

 

Audio, Video (Large, 25 or more FTE newsroom employees)

 

Sports Video Reporting
Winner
The Columbian
Vancouver rower aiming for 2016 Paralympics
Ariane Kunze

Runner Up
KTUU-TV
Eskimo Ninja Warrior
Blake Essig

Sports Audio Reporting
Winner
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Dressed like women warriors, these girls step into their heritage
Marcie Sillman, Jim Gates

Runner Up
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
This is what a concussion sounds like
Conor Gormally, Lila Kitaeff, Carol Smith

Investigative Video Reporting
Winner
KIRO 7
Convicted Criminals’ DNA Not Being Tested, Uncovers Need for Legislative Fix
Casey McNerthney, Amy Clancy

Runner Up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Toxic Armories: Videos by Teresa Mahoney
Teresa Mahoney

General News Audio Reporting
Winner
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Couple Behind Gun Control Initiative
Amy Radil, Jim Gates

Runner Up
Oregon Public Broadcasting/EarthFix
Trump Victory Has Northwest Timber Towns Cheering
Jes Burns, Cassandra Profita

Breaking Video Reporting
Winner
The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wa)
Procession and Memorial Service honoring fallen officer
Staff

Runner Up
KTUU Channel 2
Attack on the Iditarod trail
Nikki Carvajal, Albert Lutan, Kyle Hopkins

Feature Audio Reporting
Winner
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Portland Family Faces The Reality Of A Lead-Poisoned Child
Cassandra Profita

Runner Up
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Can the middle class lifestyle my Seattle grandparents had ever be achievable again?
Emily Fox, Carol Smith

Audio News Series
Winner
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Health of the Uniform
Patricia Murphy, Adam Hochberg

Runner Up
OPB
This Land Is Our Land
Staff

Investigative Audio Reporting
Winner
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Out of the Jungle
Kate Walters, Joshua McNichols, Carol Smith, Whitney Henry-Lester

Runner Up
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Hollow Columns
John Ryan, Carolyn Adolph, Carol Smith

Video News Series
Winner
EarthFix and its partner stations (OPB, KUOW, KCTS9)
Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest
Katie Campbell

Runner Up
The Seattle Times
30 Days: A refugee family’s first month in the U.S.
Lauren Frohne, Erika Schultz, Corinne Chin

Feature Video Reporting
Winner
KTUU-TV Protecting Denali by Dog Sled
Blake Essig, Albert Lutan

Runner UP
OPB
Darcelle XV
Kami Horton, Lisa Kallem, Greg Bond, William Ward

General News Video Reporting
Winner
KTUU
Chalk
David Brooks

Runner Up
KTUU-TV
On Thin Ice: Alaskans Adapt to Changing Environment
Blake Essig

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/

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