JOHN DAY – The Blue Mountain Eagle received two awards in the Oregon and Southwest Washington Society for Professional Journalists contest celebrating work done in 2010.
The Eagle staff – writers Cheryl Hoefler, Sandra Gubel, Angel Carpenter and editor Scotta Callister – won third place in comprehensive coverage for work on the Aryan Nations proposal to locate a white supremacist homeland in Grant County.
Scotta Callister, Eagle editor, won first place in editorial writing for editorials on the community response to the Aryan Nations, Idaho Power Co.’s controversial process for siting a powerline in Eastern Oregon, and a missed opportunity to include biomass heating in the new Department of Forestry building.
The Eagle was entered in the category for non-daily newspapers up to 8,000 circulation.
“We’re pleased to receive these awards, which signify our continuing commitment to professional standards in journalism,” Callister said.