Trump’s praise for Congressman who bodyslammed journalist tone-deaf, appalling

President Donald Trump’s anti-press harangues have always been disturbing, especially after the shooting at the Capitol-Gazette in Annapolis, Md.
But last week, his comments truly went beyond the pale, especially in light of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul earlier this month.
At a campaign rally in Billings, Mont. Thursday, Trump praised Rep. Greg Gianforte for body-slamming Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian in 2017, as he was running for Congress.
Gianforte attacked Jacobs, enraged over what he thought was “biased” coverage. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault, performed 40 hours of community service, went through 20 hours of anger management counseling and donated $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Trump’s praise for Gianforte comes as his administration drags its feet in responding to the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who wrote critically of the government in Saudi Arabia.
Khashoggi had gone to the Saudi consulate to fill out paperwork for his upcoming wedding, and has not been seen since. Reports from the Turkish government — which has its own issues with press freedom — said the journalist was tortured, killed and dismembered by an assassination team. The Saudi government only recently acknowledged Khashoggi’s death, claiming he got into a brawl with the 15 men.
The Trump administration is not applying skepticism to such an implausible story. Combined with his recent comments about Gianforte, it shows a disdain for journalists, particularly those who speak truth to power.
Instead of standing up for basic human rights and the rights of a free press, qualities that once made America great in the eyes of the world, Trump appears to be giving a pass to those who use extreme means to silence critics.
I join with SPJ National President J. Alex Tarquinio in calling for Kashoggi’s killers to be brought to justice, with the United States using all of its influence to call for an independent investigation into Khashoggi’s death.
And I also think it is time that Trump stop the anti-press rhetoric, and apologize for his remarks. After all, Gianforte apologized for his attack.


New rules for chapter finances

In an effort to improve transparency within the society, the board voted on new policies for chapter finances. I’ve posted them below.

SPJ Pro Chapter Finance Rules
Transparency about chapter operations is important for credibility among our members and the
public, especially when it comes to your chapter’s treasury. As a board member it is your legal
responsibility to keep tight oversight on chapter funds — even if you aren’t the treasurer.
Pro chapters are required to follow these rules. By doing so, you will greatly decrease your
exposure to misappropriation of chapter funds and other problems.
Income and expenses
— Require authorization from at least one board member other than the treasurer when another
member spends under $100.
— Require approval of at least two officers of any expenditure of $100 or more; a majority board
vote of any expenditure over $200 (in person or electronic).
— Income and expenditures must remain separate in your records. If you receive $100 for a
pizza party and spend $50, you received $100 and spent $50, not received a net of $50.
— Using cash is strongly discouraged and should be limited as much as possible. Some cash
transactions can’t be verified, such as when someone uses cash to pay to attend an event.
Documentation is required for all transactions.
— Avoid chapter debit cards unless state law bans the use of credit cards by the chapter; debit
cards are too easily abused.
— If a credit card is necessary, check with your bank to see if you can restrict the card’s use for
large expenses only.
— If a chapter has a PayPal or similar account, have the treasurer transfer funds from that
account to the chapter’s general checking account after each event for which the PayPal or
similar account is used. Have another board member monitor the account.
— If the board votes on a money matter directly affecting a board member (other than
reimbursements), that board member should recuse himself or herself and leave the room to
allow a full and frank discussion.

— When depositing funds in the chapter bank account, use a “For Deposit Only” rubber stamp
or write “For Deposit Only” on the back of checks.
The treasurer’s duties
Chapters must use the following financial records, which the treasurer will maintain:
— Either:
A paper check stub of each check written, or copy each check.
Or
A computer record (Excel or Quicken) of each check written, with a detailed breakdown of
specific amounts for various purposes.
— Electronic and printed copy of each monthly bank statement.
— A file of receipts, each notated with the check number or other record of payment.
— Information needed for financial section of the annual chapter report to national.
— The chapter’s federal (and state, if required) tax records, including Employer Identification
Number and letter verifying tax-exempt status. SPJ chapters typically are subordinate entities of
the national organization and are tax-exempt nonprofits, typically under Section 501(c)(6) of the
IRS code. Some chapters are 501(c)(3). Know the difference.
— In order for each chapter to have a back-up of its records, a second copy should be kept by
another board member designated by the majority of the board.
The treasurer prepares and/or files these reports:
— A report is due quarterly to the regional directors/regional coordinators, detailing income and
expenses and sharing bank statements. The same information also will be required for each
chapter’s annual report.
— Monthly report to the chapter board, detailing income and expenses and sharing bank
statements. This is required even if the board does not meet monthly.
— Financial section of annual report to national.
— Annual Form 990, EZ 990 or E-card 990 with the IRS.
— Any state or local forms required of nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations.
We recommend keeping critical records in a single three-ring binder as well as on your
computer.
Training
— Each Regional Director/Regional Coordinator or chapter president will arrange for a training
session for a new chapter treasurer. The training shall occur within 30 days of the president or
treasurer assuming that position. National headquarters staff will provide training.
— Any other board member authorized to disburse funds may go through the training; chapter
presidents are encouraged to be trained.
Account access/review
— Chapters are required to make their bank accounts transparent to their officers and RC. This
can be done by providing copies of bank statements, with read-only access to bank accounts or
through money management programs.

— The chapter president and treasurer must have direct access to the account. At least one other
board member and the RD/RC must have read-only access.
Requirements
— Chapters must comply with financial record reporting rules within three months or they will
lose the ability to apply for chapter grants.
— If chapters don’t comply with financial record reporting rules within six months, they will be
ineligible for national awards, will not be awarded delegates for the national convention and
won’t be able to receive new chapter dues. National headquarters would hold a chapter’s dues
until that chapter is compliant.
— If chapters don’t comply with financial record reporting rules within one year, the national
board may revoke the charter.
Budgeting
— Chapters are encouraged to create an annual budget. Preparing a budget can help your chapter
plan for the year.
— A budget approved at the beginning of the year could eliminate the need to approve some
individual expenditures throughout the year.


Upcoming Regional Conference

At our meeting at EIJ 18, we set the date and location for our regional conference. It will be April 5-6, 2019, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The University of Idaho chapter has volunteered to serve as host chapter, and we are looking for volunteers to serve on a regional conference committee. We are looking for several people to help with programming and the other logistics for the event. If you are interested, email me at dmeyers@spj.org.

We are also looking for programming for the events. One thing we are working on is a panel on covering Native Americans. If there is something you’d like to see or present, email me with your suggestions.


We are the voice of the people

Politicians criticizing the news media for coverage is not new.
Thomas Jefferson, who once famously said he would pick newspapers over government, had his issues with news stories that were critical of him.
While Abraham Lincoln said a free press was essential to a free government, he had no objections to jailing journalists who criticized the Civil War or supported the South’s bid to break away from the Union.
And who could forget Richard Nixon’s famous “enemies list,” which being listed on practically became a badge of honor during the Watergate Era.
And we’ve all seen it at the small end of the scale, with state, county and municipal officials complaining that they can’t get a fair shake in the press.
But what we are seeing today is completely different. Since the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump has whipped his followers into an anti-press frenzy, weaponizing the phrase “Fake News” (the ultimate in oxymorons).
It’s an epithet he’s admitted is designed to erode press credibility as journalists report on his administration’s actions.
Now, he’s added a more dangerous phrase to his rhetoric — Enemy of the People. And footage from Trump’s rallies show that his supporters are taking the cue, and directing verbal abuse — and threats of violence — at the press corps following Trump. Remember the infamous rope-tree-journalist T-shirts?
And we can see the anger filtering down to the local level.
But we are not the enemy of the people. We serve as their eyes and ears, as well as their voice in holding leaders and institutions accountable for their actions.
In our own region, we saw Washington’s newspapers call out the state Legislature for trying to rush through a bill nullifying a court ruling that they were subject to the state’s Public Records Act. The intense media scrutiny spurred people to call their lawmakers and Gov. Jay Inslee and stop this bad legislation in its tracks.
In Oregon, the Oregonian exposed how police officers with bad records were allowed to keep their peace-officer certifications.
And at my own shop, one of my colleagues showed how missteps by local law enforcement allowed a felon with warrants to be released from custody, only to kill a missionary student later.
We’re the ones who inform the public about how their tax dollars are being spent, tell them about the wildfires that could possibly threaten their homes and how officials are trying to protect them.
Are journalists perfect? Of course not. But we do our best, and when we fall short we quickly admit it and strive to do better.
As James Madison put it, “To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression; who reflect that to the same beneficent source the United States owe much of the lights which conducted them to the ranks of a free and independent nation, and which have improved their political system into a shape so auspicious to their happiness.”

Donald W. Meyers, a multimedia journalist with the Yakima Herald-Republic, is the Region 10 director for the Society of Professional Journalists.


Northwest Excellence in Journalism winners

Once again, we honor some of the great journalism that is being done in our region. Congratulations to those who won, as well as those who entered.

Writing, Photography, Design (Small, 7 or fewer FTE newsroom employees)

Graphics & Illustrations
Winner
YES! Magazine
Comic: We Sent Our Illustrator to Activist Summer Camp. Here’s What Happened
Jennifer Luxton

Runner Up
Columns Magazine
Population Health series
Ken Orvidas

Short-Form Feature News Reporting
Daily Record
CWU graduate to walk after becoming paralyzed
Matt Carstens

Runner Up
Columbia County Spotlight
St. Helens woman helps break Japanese code in World War II
Nicole Thill

Feature Photography
Winner
City Arts Magazine
Whip Your Hair
Naomi Ishisaka

Runner Up
Westside Seattle
Memorial Day Sunset
Patrick Robinson

Photo Essay
Winner
Columns Magazine
Marching around campus with the band
Quinn Russell Brown

Runner Up
Ampersand Magazine, Forterra
Washington’s Sheepherders
Florangela Davila, Lucy Shirley, Sofia Jaramillo

Sports Action Photography
Winner
Cougfan.com
The Intertwined Touchdown
Whittney Thornton

Runner Up
The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle
Felix Nava of Brewster
Al Camp

Best Photo Portfolio
Winner
Chinook Observer
Natalie St. John 2017 Photo Portfolio
Natalie St. John

Runner Up
Seattle Magazine
Photo Portfolio
Hayley Young, Matt Cole, Virginia Smyth, Rachel Hart

Food- Drink- Lifestyles and Travel Reporting
Winner
Seattle Magazine
Baked Goods
Chelsea Lin

Runner Up
Eugene Weekly
My Dad’s Hometown
Kelly Kenoyer

Long-Form Feature News Reporting
Winner
InvestigateWest
Climate change turns Puget Sound acidic and region’s signature oysters struggle to survive
Lisa Stiffler

Runner Up
Street Roots
Growing up undocumented
Emily Green

Spot News Reporting
Winner
Cannon Beach Gazette
Dog rescued off cliff
Brenna Visser

Runner Up
Camas-Washougal Post-Record
Camas paper mill to cut hundreds of jobs
Kelly Moyer

Sports Feature Story
Winner
GoHuskies Magazine
The Power of Hope
Brian Beaky

Runner Up
Cascade Golfer magazine
The Impossible Dream
Tony Dear, Brian Beaky

Business Reporting
Winner
Seattle Business Magazine
The Vanishing Dream of Home Ownership
Jeanne Lang Jones

Runner Up
Seattle Business Magazine
Women on Boards: A New Direction
Karen West

Arts & Entertainment
Winner
City Arts, July 2017 issue
“This Woman’s Werk”
Gemma Wilson

Runner Up
Anchorage Press
Reel Grandma versus Reel Grandma
Yereth Rosen

Page Design
Winner
Columns Magazine
Dyslexia; Opioids, Libraries
Ken Shafer

Runner Up
Columns Magazine
Table of contents Dec. 17, Sports Sept. 17, HUB March 17
Ken Shafer

Social Issues Reporting
Winner
InvestigateWest
The $600-a-night foster care bed
Allegra Abramo

Runner Up
YES! Magazine
Undocumented and Transgender
Norman Allen

Column
Winner
YES! Magazine
Erin Sagen
Erin Sagen

Runner Up
Chinook Observer
Hearthfire & Brimstone
Natalie St. John

Comprehensive Coverage
Malheur Enterprise
Kidnap, chase; Bates remembered; Man indicted; DEADLY DECISIONS, Board hires lawyer; Gov halts lawsuit; Hospital suspected; There is hope; State wants to close files; Defense attorney; Jessica Bates
Les Zaitz, John Braese, Pat Caldwell

Runner Up
InvestigateWest
As Buildings Go Up, How Many of Seattle’s Trees Will Come Down?
Adiel Kaplan

Sports Column
Winner
Cougfan.com
Greg Witter Commentary
Greg Witter

Runner Up
Seattle Business magazine
Three Predictions for the Coming Year; Don’t Follow the Money; Know Your Sources
John Levesque

Sports Reporting
Winner
Cougfan.com
Duke Washington, a true legend, is gone
Barry Bolton

Runner Up
No Winner

Crime and Justice Reporting
Winner
YES! Magazine
Defunding Police: How Antiracist Organizers Got Seattle to Listen
Melissa Hellmann

Runner Up
YES! Magazine
You Don’t Need a Sanctuary City to Help Your Immigrant Neighbors
Yessenia Funes

Editorial & Commentary
Winner
Malheur Enterprise
Editorials: Families touched by Montwheeler case; Revival of Farmers Grain; Charting economy requires…

Runner Up
Seattle Magazine
Pedal Mettle; Bridging a Gap; Mining for a Purpose
Knute Berger

Investigative Reporting
Winner
Malheur Enterprise
DEADLY DECISIONS; Board hires lawyer; Gov halts lawsuit; Hospital suspected illness; State moves to seal; Defense attorneys blame; Jessica Bates to sue
Les Zaitz

Runner Up
The Chronicle
Sexual Abuse, Fraud and Negligence Alleged at Closed Centralia Home for Boys
Natalie Johnson

Health & Science Reporting
Winner
InvestigateWest
Turning the Tide
Lee van der Voo

Runner Up
Boise Weekly
The Rare Case of Kyler Harvey
George Prentice

Portrait Photography
Winner
Columns Magazine
GregRobin Smith, as Benjamin Franklin
Quinn Russell Brown

Runner Up
Columns Magazine
Norm Rice
Jose Mandojana

Digital Innovation
Winner
Columns Magazine
Searching for owls in Discovery Park with wildlife photographer Paul Bannick
Quinn Russell Brown

Runner Up
YES! Magazine
The Spirit of Standing Rock on the Move
Stephanie Woodard, YES! Staff

Government and Politics Reporting
Winner
Oregon Business
A Coordinated Attack: How a little known federal rule is driving a new battle over public lands in Crook County
Tim Neville, Jason E. Kaplan

Runner Up
InvestigateWest
Native American students face punitive discipline, substandard curricula
Rebecca Clarren

General Excellence
Winner
Seattle Business Magazine
March 2017; August 2017
Leslie Helm, John Levesque, Lori Kelley

Runner Up
Hillsboro Tribune
Issues of 3-10-17 and 2-17-17
Staff

Writing, Photography, Design (Medium, 8 to 16 FTE newsroom employees)

Arts & Entertainment
Winner
Crosscut
Black, female and making theater. And she’s damn good at it
Florangela Davila

Runner Up
International Examiner
Wing Luke beverages exhibit is a pleasure to be sipped slowly
Vince Schleitwiler

Investigative Reporting
Winner
Oregon Public Broadcasting/EarthFix
Wolf management in Oregon
Tony Schick

Runner Up
Portland Business Journal
Marketing Madness
Matthew Kish

Best Photo Portfolio
Winner
The News-Review
Michael Sullivan
Michael Sullivan

Runner Up
Albany Democrat-Herald
Mark Ylen portfolio
Mark Ylen

Feature Photography
Winner
The News-Review
Reflection
Michael Sullivan

Runner Up
Kitsap Sun
Nimitz sunlight
Larry Steagall

Portrait Photography
Winner
The News-Review
Football
Michael Sullivan

Runner Up
Crosscut
Homeless Hands
Karen Ducey

Health & Science Reporting
Winner
The Portland Mercury
Crisis Averted?
Dirk VanderHart

Runner Up
Portland Business Journal
Cap and Trade(off)
Pete Danko

Business Reporting
Winner
Portland Business Journal
Small business lending craters, communities suffer
Matthew Kish, Clare Duffy

Runner Up
The News-Review
The technology behind growing trees
Emily Hoard

Column
Winner
Crosscut
Knute Berger-Crosscut
Knute Berger

Runner Up
The Daily Astorian
Mouth of the Columbia (restaurant reviews)
Mouth of the Columbia

Sports Action Photography
Winner
The News-Review
Baseball
Michael Sullivan

Runner Up
No Winner

Spot News Reporting
Winner
Tri-City Herald
Hanford radioactive waste tunnel collapse
Annette Cary, Sara Schilling

Runner Up
Crosscut
‘Patriots’ meet massive Seattle backlash after Charlottesville violence
David Kroman, Lilly Fowler

Short-Form Feature News Reporting
Winner
Kitsap Sun
Love proves it’s timeless
Josh Farley

Runner Up
The Daily Astorian
Helping Hand: Astoria boy is first to receive a 3-D-printed prosthetic arm from an Oregon hospital
Edward Stratton

Long-Form Feature News Reporting
Winner
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Accepting Sam
Nick Ehli

Runner Up
Albany Democrat-Herald
Restart the presses
Jennifer Moody

Comprehensive Coverage
Winner
InvestigateWest and Pamplin Media Group
Unequal Justice
Lee van der Voo, Kate Willson, John Schrag, Nick Budnick

Runner Up
Kitsap Sun
Homelessness in Kitsap County
Staff

Editorial & Commentary
Winner
Crosscut.com
Race and Recreation
Glenn Nelson

Runner Up
Seattle Met
“The Great Divide”
Hayat Norimine

General News Photography
Winner
The News-Review
Vigil
Michael Sullivan

Runner Up
The News-Review
Sword
Michael Sullivan

Spot News Photography
Winner
Kitsap Sun
House fire
Meegan M. Reid

Runner Up
The News-Review
Fire
Michael Sullivan

Government and Politics Reporting
Winner
Crosscut
Seattleites go to Trump Country
Knute Berger

Runner Up
Seattle Met
“Man in the Middle”
Hayat Norimine

Crime and Justice Reporting
Winner
SeattlePI
How a teen ‘band geek’ became a Seattle pimp’s ‘bottom girl’
Levi Pulkkinen

Runner Up
InvestigateWest and Pamplin Media Group
Unequal Justice
Lee van der Voo, John Schrag, Kate Willson, Nick Budnick

Sports Reporting
Winner
Portland Tribune
The rise and fall of Zach Rouse
Kerry Eggers

Runner Up
Portland Business Journal
Nike: Stuck inside the box
Clare Duffy

Social Issues Reporting
Winner
Crosscut
Why am I a threat?
David Kroman, Lilly Fowler

Runner Up
Corvallis (OR) Gazette-Times
“A Question of Identity”
Bennett Hall, Andy Cripe, Anibal Ortiz

Photo Essay
Winner
Crosscut
The 51-day City Council member
Matt McKnight

Runner Up
Albany Democrat-Herald
Mid-Valley Views – Eclipse 2017
Mark Ylen, Anibal Ortiz, Amanda Loman, David Patton

Page Design
Winner
South Sound magazine
South Sound mag page design
Staff

Runner Up
Alaska Beyond Magazine
Let it Snow; Aloha on the Wing; The Head and the Heart
Margaret Elson

Digital Innovation
Winner
Crosscut
Election Guide 2017
Joseph Liu, Cambria Roth, Joe Copeland, Mason Bryan

Runner Up
The News-Review
Foster care rates skyrocketing amid drug addiction in southern Oregon
April Ehrlich, Ian Campbell

Sports Feature Story
Winner
Seattle Met
“The Kings of Suicide Hill”
Allison Williams

Runner Up
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
In search of a backpack
Michael Wright

General Excellence
Winner
Portland Business Journal
Portland Business Journal General Excellence
Staff

Runner Up
Portland Tribune
March 6 and Aug 10
Tribune Staff

Food- Drink- Lifestyles and Travel Reporting
Winner
Seattle Met
“What to Do with a Kid”
Allecia Vermillion

Runner Up
Seattle Met
“Scents from a Mall”
Allecia Vermillion

Graphics & Illustrations
Winner
Scotsman Guide Media
Scotsman Guide magazine illustrations, package 1
Dennis Wunsch

Runner Up
Scotsman Guide Media
Scotsman Guide magazine illustrations, package 2
Dennis Wunsch

Writing, Photography, Design (Large, 17 to 39 FTE newsroom employees)

Short-Form Feature News Reporting
Winner
The Daily Herald/Everett, WA
Cliffhanger
Caleb Hutton

Runner Up
The Daily Herald/Everett, WA
Some ‘dos (and don’ts) for the POTUS: Local barbers, hairdressers offer style ideas for Trump’s hair
Andrea Brown

Photo Essay
Winner
Missoulian Newspaper
Highway to Hellgate: Challenges, optimism pave road back from forfeited football season
Tommy Martino, Kyle Houghtaling

Runner Up
The Daily Herald/Everett, WA
Cascade serenade
Ian Terry

General News Photography
Winner
Yakima Herald-Republic
Grieving Family
Shawn Gust

Runner Up
The Daily Herald/Everett, WA
Good people
Dan Bates

Spot News Photography
Winner
Yakima Herald-Republic
Darkness along with colorful lights of first responders
Jake Parrish

Runner Up
Yakima Herald-Republic
Brush fire
Shawn Gust

Crime and Justice Reporting
Winner
The Daily Herald/Everett, WA
The wrong place
Erick Stevick

Runner Up
Willamette Week
Death by Bitcoin
Nigel Jaquiss

Portrait Photography
Winner
Yakima Herald-Republic
Sexual Assault Victim
Shawn Gust

Runner Up
No Winner

Best Photo Portfolio
Winner
Missoulian
Photography Portfolio
Kurt Wilson

Runner Up
The Columbian
Alisha Jucevic portfolio
Alisha Jucevic

Social Issues Reporting
Winner
InvestigateWest and The Nation
Indian Country
Rebecca Clarren

Runner Up
Yakima Herald-Republic
Still silenced: Sexual harassment of farm workers rarely makes headlines
Molly Rosbach

Spot News Reporting
Winner
The News Tribune
Amtrak train derails onto I-5 in DuPont. 3 killed, dozens injured, freeway shut down
Staff

Runner Up
Missoulian Newspaper
Falling snag hits, kills firefighter from Missoula
Robert Chaney, David Erickson

Business Reporting
Winner
The Columbian
Finding care can be a pain
Marissa Harshman

Runner Up
The News Tribune
Fight for your country, lose the bidding war for a house
Kate Martin

Column
Winner
Grist
Ask Umbra
Eve Andrews

Runner Up
Mail Tribune
Get Off My Lawn
Robert Galvin

Comprehensive Coverage
Winner
Bend Bulletin
The Opioid Crisis
Markian Hawryluk

Runner Up
Idaho Statesman
Idaho worker safety: Drowning in manure, falling to their deaths, while employers prosper
Audrey Dutton

Long-Form Feature News Reporting
Winner
Willamette Week
The White Stuff
Matthew Korfhage

Runner Up
Idaho Statesman
Couple earns $51,600. His long-term care takes $48,000. She digs in dumpsters for food.
Maria La Ganga

Sports Feature Story
Winner
The Columbian
Hole in One from Hudson
Micah Rice

Runner Up
The Columbian
Unbroken
Meg Wochnick

Investigative Reporting
Winner
Idaho Statesman
Idaho worker safety: Drowning in manure, falling to their deaths, while employers prosper
Audrey Dutton

Runner Up
Mail Tribune
Waiting for Tragedy
Vickie Aldous

Feature Photography
Winner
The Daily Herald/Everett, WA
Wobble the bison
Dan Bates

Runner Up
The Columbian
Elizabeth Nicholson holding horse’s head during the wildfire
Ariane Kunze

Health & Science Reporting
Winner
Bend Bulletin (Pulse magazine)
The Science of Pain: It’s all in your head
Markian Hawryluk

Runner Up
Grist
The future will be battery-powered
Amelia Urry

Sports Reporting
Winner
Mail Tribune
Mom on a Mission
Mike Oxendine

Runner Up
Mail Tribune
Know Your Role
Tim Trower

Government and Politics Reporting
Winner
Yakima Herald-Republic
Farm workers call for change in the way Labor and Industries processes injury claims
Phil Ferolito

Runner Up
Missoulian Newspaper
UM’s ‘provocative title’
Robert Chaney

Sports Action Photography
Winner
Mail Tribune
So Close: South Medford vs Clackamas
Andy Atkinson

Runner Up
Yakima Herald-Republic
Athleticism and determination
Jake Parrish

Sports Feature Photography
Winner
The Columbian
Oct. 1
Amanda Cowan

Runner Up
Yakima Herald-Republic
Wrestler after losing at state
Jake Parrish

Page Design
Winner
Yakima Herald-Republic
If not now, When?; Going Sky high?; Torn paradigm
Jason Lilly

Runner Up
The Columbian
March 26; March 31; June 16
Amy Libby

Digital Innovation
Winner
KTUU
Tracking an Alaska serial killer
Kyle Hopkins

Runner Up
KTUU
Hidden caves & sunken ships: Alaska’s living museum
Kyle Hopkins , Lisa Hupp

Graphics & Illustrations
Winner
The Columbian
Sept. 22; Sept. 15; Nov. 14
Mariel Abbene

Runner Up
Mail Tribune
Holidays in the Rogue Valley; Up in Smoke; Redemption at Last
Paul Bunch

Editorial & Commentary
Winner
The Columbian
Dec. 17, Oct. 22; June 6
Greg Jayne

Runner Up
Mail Tribune
Truth, lies; ‘Sanctuary’ law; Ethics panel
Gary Nelson

General Excellence
Winner
Willamette Week
March 8 and May 24
Staff

Runner Up
The Daily Herald/Everett, WA
Complete editions: Feb. 26, 2017 and March 06, 2017
Staff

Food, Drink, Lifestyles, Travel Reporting
The Daily Herald/Everett, WA
Willamette Week
The Cycles of Life: The Big Shots, a group of geezers, gather twice a week to go for a spin
Andrea Brown

Runner Up
The Daily Herald/Everett, WA
The DMZ: Epicenter of mystery and misery
Andrea Brown

Arts & Entertainment
Winner
The Daily Herald/Everett, WA
Cascade serenade
Caleb Hutton

Runner Up
The Columbian
Raining Poetry
Scott Hewitt

Sports Column
Winner
Tee Talk
Tim Trower

Runner Up
The Daily Herald/Everett, WA
1. Trade Tree 2. Constantine deserved better 3. Trader Jerry needs to chill
Nick Patterson

Writing, Photography, Design (Very Large, 40 or more FTE newsroom employees)

Page Design
Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Page Designs by Mims Copeland
Mims Copeland

Runner Up
The Seattle Times
Staff page design portfolio
Staff

Health and Science Reporting
Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Death of a schizophrenic
Molly Harbarger

Runner Up
KGW.com
Chronic pain patients fear opioid crackdown will cost them their medication
Sara Roth

 

Comprehensive Coverage
Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
About a Boy
Casey Parks

 

Runner Up
The Seattle Times
Mayor Ed Murray sex-abuse investigation
Jim Brunner, Lewis Kamb, Daniel Beekman

 

Graphics and Illustrations
Winner
The Seattle Times
BUSTED: How police brought down a tech-savvy prostitution network in Bellevue
Gabriel Campanario

Runner Up
The Spokesman-Review
Molly Quinn illustrations
Molly Quinn

Long-Form Feature News Reporting
Winner
Bloomberg Businessweek
How Rich Chinese Use Visa Fixers to Move to the U.S.
Peter Robison, Karen Weise, Wenxin Fan, Yan  Zhang

Runner Up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
His Heart, Her Hands
Tom Hallman Jr.

Crime and Justice Reporting
Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
FIRED BUT FIT FOR DUTY
Carli Brosseau, Rebecca Woolington

Runner Up
The Spokesman-Review
The deaths of two Spokane women touch three mothers, who ask why a primary suspect hasn’t been charged
Thomas Clouse

Column
Winner
The Seattle Times
Bethany Jean Clement columns for The Seattle Times
Bethany Jean Clement

Runner Up
The Spokesman-Review
Shawn Vestal columns
Shawn Vestal

Spot News Reporting
Winner
The Spokesman-Review
One student dead, three in hospital after classmate opens fire at Freeman High School
Staff

Runner Up
KGW
Engulfed in flames: What we know about wildfires burning the Northwest
Sara Roth

Short-Form Feature News Reporting
Winner
Bloomberg News
Amazon Is a Lifeline for Retail Workers (If They Live in the Right City)
Spencer Soper

Runner Up
The Seattle Times
The magic of Seattle’s philanthropic sandwich chop
Bethany Jean Clement

Investigative Journalism
Winner
The Seattle Times
Mayor Ed Murray sex-abuse investigation
Jim Brunner, Lewis Kamb

Runner Up
The Seattle Times
Quantity of Care
Mike Baker, Justin Mayo

Business Reporting
Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Dirty deals: How Oregon let its clean energy program enrich rule breakers
TED SICKINGER, HILLARY BORRUD

Runner Up
The Seattle Times
Thanks to Amazon, Seattle is now Americaís biggest company town
Mike Rosenberg, Angel Gonzalez

Social Issues Reporting
Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Benefit of the Doubt
Bethany Barnes

Runner Up
The Seattle Times
‘One minute they’re here. Another minute they’re not.’
Nina Shapiro, Erika Schultz

Food, Drink, Lifestyles, Travel Reporting
Winner
The Spokesman-Review
Piano Men: Churchill’s is one of the last spots in Spokane to employ a pianist every night of the week
Adriana Janovich

Runner Up
Anchorage Daily News
The curious popularity of a water pipe on the Seward Highway
Marc Lester

Sports Feature Photography
Winner
The Bulletin
Sunrise Skier
Joe Kline

Runner Up
The Seattle Times
Victorious Rowers
Alan Berner

Sports Action Photography
Winner
The Spokesman-Review
Final Four: Reality sinks in
Dan Pelle

Runner Up
The Bulletin
Ski Racing
Joe Kline

Photo Essay
Winner
SeattlePI
Say Her Name: Charleena Lyles
Genna Martin

Runner Up
SeattlePI
America’s Youngest Drag Superstar
Genna Martin

General News Photography
Winner
The Seattle Times
Surprise Winner
Alan Berner

Runner Up
SeattlePI
Rally Against the Muslim Ban at SeaTac Airport
Genna Martin

Spot News Photography
Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Protests
Dave Killen

Runner Up
The Bulletin
House Fire
Joe Kline

Portrait Photography
Winner
SeattlePI
Tears for Charleena
Genna Martin

Runner Up
The Seattle Times
Inquisitive Eyes
Alan Berner

Feature Photography
Winner
The Seattle Times
The Bell Ringers
Alan Berner

Runner Up
SeattlePI
Formal Plunge
Genna Martin

Best Photo Portfolio
Winner
SeattlePI
2017 Portfolio
Genna Martin

Runner Up
The Seattle Times
Photo Portfolio
Alan Berner

Government and Politics Reporting
Winner
The Seattle Times
Waiting for Disaster: Washington lawmakers have ignored decades of warning to prepare for a giant earthquake
Daniel  Gilbert, Sandi Doughton

Runner Up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Oregon agency loses sight of little girl
Molly Young

Sports Reporting
Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive

Luke Heimlich’s past
Brad Schmidt, Danny Moran

Runner Up
The Seattle Times
Ex-Seahawk fights team over painkiller handouts that kept him playing NFL games when hurt
Geoff Baker, Hal Bernton

Sports Feature Story
Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Nike exec battles cancer
John Canzano

Runner Up
The Seattle Times
Life at Emerald Downs: passion, pain and persistence
Scott Hanson

Arts & Entertainment
Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Katherine Dunn
Doug Perry

Runner Up
The Seattle Times
The story of Pearl Jam, from a Seattle basement to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Bill Reader

Audio, Video (Small, 24 or fewer FTE newsroom employees)

Feature Video Reporting
Winner
KTOO
Prince of Wales Island schools started growing food. Now first graders are binging on broccoli
David Purdy, Jacob Resneck

Runner Up
KRTV
Family Meets Dispatcher After Life Saving-Call
Tiffany Eckert

Breaking News Audio Reporting
Winner
Northwest News Network
Arlene’s Flowers In Court
Anna King, Jason DeRose, Phyllis Fletcher

Runner Up
KLCC Public Radio
Man Swept Into Ocean At Depoe Bay, Coast Guard Searches
Tiffany Eckert

Investigative Video Reporting
Winner
KTOO
Inside Out: Leaving Prison Behind
Scott Burton, David Purdy, Elasonga Milligrock

Runner Up
Mail Tribune
Waiting for Tragedy
Ryan Pfeil, Vickie Aldous

Investigative Audio Reporting
Winner
KNKX public radio
For Sexual Assault Survivors, More Information Does Not Always Lead To More Justice
Allie Ferguson

Runner Up
KTOO
With cut after cut, state food safety inspections stretch years apart
Carter Barrett

Sports Audio Reporting
Winner
Northwest News Network
Green Mascots
Emily Schwing, Phyllis Fletcher, Kevin Mooney

Runner Up
KLCC Public Radio
Women Of Oregon Earn Triple Crown
Karen Richards

Audio News Series
Winner
KTOO
Curious Juneau
Staff

Runner Up
Alaska’s Energy Desk
Midnight Oil
Alaska’s Energy Desk Staff

Video News Series
Winner
KRTV
MTN Zero Suicide Initiative
Shannon Newth

Runner Up
No Winner

General News Video Reporting
Winner
KBTC-TV
The Casket Maker
Tom Layson

Runner Up
KTUU-TV
Royal Suites Fire
Blake Essig

General News Audio Reporting
Winner
Jefferson Public Radio
Candlelight Vigil In Ashland For Local Good Samaritan Killed In Portland Hate Attack
Liam Moriarty

Runner Up
KTOO
“We’re Just Out”: Bergmann tenants turn to Salvation Army
Quinton Chandler

Feature Audio Reporting
Winner
KNKX public radio
A Night Walk With Seattle Photographer Tim Durkan
Jennifer Wing

Runner Up
Northwest News Network
Powwow At The Gym
Emily Schwing, Jason DeRose, Kevin Mooney

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

Sports Video Reporting
Winner
KOMO News
The Uncertain Future of Hydroplane Racing
Jeff Pohjola

Runner Up
The Columbian
One-legged baseball player takes challenges in stride
Ariane Kunze

Investigative Video Reporting
Winner
KGW-TV
Tent City, USA
KGW Staff

Runner Up
OPB
Massacre at Hells Canyon
Kami Horton , Bruce Barrow, Greg Bond, William Ward

General News Audio Reporting
Winner
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
A death pushed these farmworkers to protest. Now an investigation is underway
Liz Jones, Carol Smith

Runner Up
Oregon Public Broadcasting/EarthFix
Without Chinese Buyers, Northwest Recycling Becomes Trash
Jes Burns, Cassandra Profita

Feature Audio Reporting
Winner
KUOW-RadioActive Youth Media
Not everyone makes peace with their dad. My teacher inspired me to try
Nate Martin, Mary Heisey, Jenny Asarnow

Runner Up
Oregon Public Broadcasting/EarthFix
Native Shrimp Once Killed With Pesticides Now At Risk From Invasive Parasite
Cassandra Profita

Audio News Series
Winner
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Prime(d)
Carolyn Adolph, Joshua McNichols, Posey Gruener, Carol Smith

Runner Up
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Second Wave
Thanh Tan, Caroline Chamberlain, Whitney Henry-Lester, Jim Gates

Investigative Audio Reporting
Winner
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Pregnant mom calls for help, ends up killed by police. Her tribe wants answers
Amy Radil, Gil Aegerter

Runner Up
Oregon Public Broadcasting/EarthFix
After Pushback, Oregon Scraps Report Linking Private Forests To Water Quality Risks
Tony Schick

Video News Series
Winner
KING Television
“Sick and Forgotten at Hanford”
Susannah Frame, Steve Douglas, Kevin Glantz

Runner Up
No Winner

Feature Video Reporting
Winner
The Seattle Times
Beautiful, mad art until the end
Lauren Frohne, Erika Schultz, Corinne Chin

Runner Up
OPB
Massacre at Hells Canyon
Kami Horton, Bruce Barrow , Greg Bond, William Ward

General News Video Reporting
Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
On Thin Ice
Dave Killen, Kale Williams

Runner Up
KTUU Channel 2
A Killer Among Us
Kyle Hopkins, Eric Sowl, Jeff Dowd

Audio News Series
Winner
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Prime(d)
Carolyn Adolph, Joshua McNichols, Posey Gruener, Carol Smith

Runner Up
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Second Wave
Thanh Tan, Caroline Chamberlain, Whitney Henry-Lester, Jim Gates

Breaking News Audio Reporting
Winner
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Travel ban puts lives on hold
Liz Jones, Carol Smith

Runner Up
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Train Derailment
John Ryan, Jason Pagano, Heather Bosch, Austin Jenkins

 


Regional Conference-Cancelled

Due to scheduling conflicts and other issues, we will be cancelling the regional conference at this time. I apologize for the inconvenience.


Regional Conference in Coeur d’Alene

Sorry for the short notice, but we will be having a regional conference on April 21, at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S 2nd St., in Coeur d’Alene. University of Idaho’s chapter has graciously offered to host it.

We’re planning on presentations on ethics, Washington’s attempt to exempt lawmakers from the Public Records Act and SPJ’s #Press4Education program. We’re also firming up a few other programs for the conference.

We will also have a trainer from Facebook giving a presentation on how to use the social media site to enhance your journalism.

We will also be presenting the Mark of Excellence awards at that time.

The cost is $30 a person, payable at the door by check or cash. We do need you to RSVP by April 17, so we can get an accurate count of how many people will be coming, so we have enough food.

To RSVP, or if you have any questions, contact me at dmeyers@spj.org.


2017 Excellence in Journalist Contest: DEADLINE EXTENDED

ENTRY DEADLINE: MARCH 02, 2018

UPDATE: WE HAVE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR THE CONTEST TO MARCH 2, 2018 AT 9 P.M. There will be no additional extensions or exceptions to the contest.

Please go to the contest’s website for more information.

Thank you for your entries!


2017 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest Accepting Entries

The 2017 Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest is now live! Please enter your work at https://betternewspapercontest.com/2017spjnwcontest

This competition is one of the largest of its kind in the nation and honors journalists across SPJ Region 10, which covers Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

Once you’ve registered and logged in through our system, Better Newspaper Contests, you will be able to submit, manage and pay for your entries. If you entered last year’s contest, there is no need to register. Simply use your credentials from last year’s competition.

All proceeds from this contest support the efforts of SPJ Western Washington PRO and SPJ Oregon Territory 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.

The contest deadline is Feb. 23, 2018 at 5 p.m. PST. Winners will be announced online sometime between May and June at the respective annual banquets held by the Western Washington and the Oregon Territory chapters.

We look forward to seeing your excellent work. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact us at spjnwcontest@gmail.com.

All the best,

The SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest committee


Celebrate Open Records Victories with SPJ Oregon

This t-shirt features the text of the First Amendment on the back. This item and many others are up for auction to support SPJ Oregon’s ongoing open records reform efforts.  

The Oregon Territory chapter has done some excellent work this year towards reforming Oregon’s open records laws. To celebrate, the chapter is throwing a Victory Party on Tuesday, September 26 at Kell’s Irish Pub in Portland. The event will also serve as a fundraiser to help support the chapter’s ongoing efforts in open records legislative reform.

You can bid on some sweet items, including Portland Timbers tickets, wine, gift baskets, and more at SPJ Oregon’s Facebook page through Monday, September 26, but final bids take place at the event.

If you want to help but can’t make the event, the chapter is always accepting donations. SPJ Oregon has raised more than $1,700 for this cause. Let’s see if we can get them to their $10,000 goal. Donate here.

To read a recap of why the chapter is celebrating (seriously, its members have had won some big battles in open government reforms), read this SPJ Oregon blog post.

 


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