Seaside Signal earns awards from peers

Seaside SignalThe Seaside Signal and Cannon Beach Gazette earned four awards in the Northwest Excellence in Journalism competition sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists.

The awards included third place in general excellence for the Seaside Signal. The awards, for work published during 2014, were presented Saturday, June 4, at the annual banquet of the Oregon Territory Chapter of the SPJ in Albany. The chapter covers Oregon and Southwest Washington. The newspapers compete against nondaily newspapers in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. Former editor Nancy McCarthy also earned third place in the best local column category. “I’m happy the Sigma Delta Chi judges recognized the commitment, hard work and long hours put in by the Seaside Signal staff, which is dedicated to publishing a quality community newspaper,” said Nancy McCarthy, who recently retired as editor of the Signal. McCarthy also won a third-place award for government and politics reporting category, for coverage of attempts to unseat Gearhart Mayor Dianne Widdop. Last fall, the Seaside Signal won the “Small Business of the Year” award from the Seaside Chamber of Commerce.

“The Seaside community has greatly supported the Signal, and the staff appreciates that support,” McCarthy said. “Without it, the reporters, sales representatives and the other staff members could not produce such a successful newspaper.”

“I’m happy the Sigma Delta Chi judges recognized the commitment, hard work and long hours put in by the Seaside Signal staff, which is dedicated to publishing a quality community newspaper,” said Nancy McCarthy, who recently retired as editor of the Signal. “This is a great compliment for the paper, which had been under the new ownership of the EO Media Group for only one year when the newspaper’s editions were submitted for judging.”

McCarthy also won a third-place award for government and politics reporting category, for coverage of attempts to unseat Gearhart Mayor Dianne Widdop.

Last fall, the Seaside Signal won the “Small Business of the Year” award from the Seaside Chamber of Commerce.