SPJ sends home awards to the EO, CO and DA

Three EOPubCo publications took home awards in the Pacific Northwest Society of Professional Journalists contest, May 22.

The East Oregonian won first place for its photo page of the 2009 Round-Up. Photographers EJ Harris, Joe Duty and Joe Tierney earned the award for the EO. A PDF of their winning entry is attached to this story.

The East Oregonian competes against daily newspapers with a circulation of 25,000 or below in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana.

Chinook Observer photojournalist Damian Mulinix won a top prize for news photography in the Pacific Northwest for the third straight year Saturday.

Damian won the photography portfolio award. You can see his winning photos online athttp://tinyurl.com/23tcnhz

In a sense, Damian tied one arm behind his back by entering all his photos in black and white instead of their original full color. The competition is open to print, broadcast and online journalists in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The Chinook Observer only enters the photography division of this particular contest, in which Mulinix competes versus other non-daily newspaper photographers in the five states.

Damian also took first in news photo for an image of accused murderer Brian Brush crying at his arraignment.

The Daily Astorian placed third in the social issues category for a series of articles it published last year about the North Coast’s Hispanic community.

The Daily Astorian also competes in the under-25,000 circulation category.

The stories ran in May and June 2009 under the heading “Nuestras Vidas” (Our lives). The concept was inspired, in part, by the 2007 Columbia Forum appearance of Los Angeles Times writer Sam Quinones, who has written two books about the movement of Mexicans to the United States.

A former Daily Astorian intern reporter was honored as “Oregon Rookie Journalist of the Year” at the SPJ awards banquet Saturday night. David Holley served an internship in The Daily Astorian newsroom in summer 2008 covering a multitude of stories, including the Gearhart plane crash.

Holley, 25, is a former editor-in-chief of The Vanguard, the student-run newspaper at Portland State University. He works as a business reporter for The Bulletin in Bend and broke the story about the plans by Facebook to build a data center in central Oregon.

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