The Daily Astorian earned 10 awards in the annual Better Newspapers Contest organized by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association for work in 2008. The newspaper also placed second in the general excellence category, for all newspapers with a daily circulation of 10,000 or below.
The paper earned four first-place trophies. Photographer Alex Pajunas earned two. He won the best photo essay category for his coverage of the Astoria High School football team’s state championship win. He also won the sports photo contest for a photo of a despairing Jordan Poyer after AHS’s baseball loss in the state championship game. Pajunas placed third in the feature photo category for a picture of a tall-masted ship.
The other first-place award was earned by Cassandra Profita for her reporting on the financial questions surrounding the Port of Astoria’s possible purchase of North Tongue Point.
Deputy Managing Editor Sue Cody earned two awards: second place for sports page design and third place for special sections, for her work on The Lives They Lived, the newspaper’s annual tribute magazine to people who died in the prior year.
The newspaper’s series on day care, spearheaded by reporter Kara Hansen, earned second place for enterprise reporting.
From back, the Hawaiian Chieftan and the Lady Washington follow one of two Chinook canoes into the Port of Ilwaco Wednesday after trading goods and granting permission for the tall ships to enter tribal waters during a historic reenactment.
In the general feature story category, Managing Editor Patrick Webb earned second place for his story about the 10-year anniversary of the visit of the Battleship Missouri to Astoria.
The Internet staff, led by Crindalyn Lyster, was honored with a second-place award in the best Web site category.
The awards were presented at ONPA’s annual summer convention in Redmond last week. The East Oregonian Publishing Group’s other papers, including the Capital Press of Salem, the Hermiston Herald, the Wallowa County Chieftain of Enterprise and the Blue Mountain Eagle of John Day were also honored with staff and individual awards.