The Daily Astorian honored for highlighting Hispanic community’s success stories

The Daily Astorian was honored Saturday for a series of articles it published last year about the North Coast’s Hispanic community.

The accolade came from the Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Oregon chapter. The five-part series placed third in the social issues category of the SPJ’s annual contest for news and features published in daily newspapers around the Northwest. The Daily Astorian competes against daily newspapers with a circulation of 25,000 or below in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana.

“This was a project that the entire news staff worked on,” said Patrick Webb, managing editor, who accepted the award at a banquet in Portland Saturday. “Our thanks to Norma Hernandez and colleagues on the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council, without whom the series would not have happened.”

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.  

Stories from the series

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