EO Media Group newspapers and websites had a good showing at the 2012 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest. This annual contest honors the very best in journalism in SPJ’s Region 10 which includes Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. This year’s contest covers work produced or published in 2012 within our region.
SPJ received more than 1,900 entries from more than 260 news outlets and journalists representing Daily Newspapers (small, mid-sized and large dailies), Non-Daily Newspapers, Alternative Newsweeklies, Magazines, Television (two market sizes), Radio and Online.
Those entries were submitted to judges across the United States – in Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri – to choose the finalists in almost 185 categories. The awards were presented May 18.
The Daily Astorian won four awards, including two first-place trophies in the daily circulation of 25,000 or less.
• 1st place: Long Feature Story, Chelsea Gorrow, The Daily Astorian “Flavel family mystery”
• 1st place: Photo Page, Story or Essay, Alex Pajunas, The Daily Astorian “Flavel family mystery”
• 2nd place: Sports Photography, Alex Pajunas, The Daily Astorian “From ecstasy to agony…”
• 3rd place: Portrait Photography, Alex Pajunas, The Daily Astorian “The king of vinyl cried…”
The East Oregonian won two awards in the daily 25,000 circulation or less.
• 1st place: News Photography, EJ Harris, East Oregonian “Fatal crash”
• 2nd place: Sports Reporting. AJ Mazzolini, East Oregonian “Bowerman dismissal”
DiscoverOurCoast.com took a first place among all circulation categories as the Best New Site of 2012. Built by EO Media Group’s digital media team in conjunction with the Astorian, Observer and OCT‘s visitors guides, this site was built from the mobile view on up to a desktop and was one of the first of our new sites to follow a new model. The judges said: “This site has an identity and shows that identity to its visitors. It has purpose and for a non-local visitor, it lays out a picture and direction that’s easy to comprehend. It’s various pages all work well together and above all it was comprehensible and easy to navigate.”
• 1st place: Best New Site of 2012, Staff, EO Media Group “Discover our Coast”
And, Oregon Coast Today made a good showing, receiving a third-place award in the Best Online Community Engagement category.