Sixteen state awards for Daily Astorian staff

The Daily Astorian won 16 awards, including six first-place trophies, in the annual Better Newspapers Contest of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.
The awards were presented at the ONPA’s annual convention at Gleneden Beach Friday. They honored work published in 2007.
Reporter Cassandra Profita won two first-place awards. She won the educational writing category for a story about a class at Astoria High School that taught students how fish reached their plates. She also won first place in the best writing category for a portfolio of three stories. Her three-part series on the Port of Astoria’s financial troubles won second place in the enterprise reporting category.
The enterprise category was won by a package of stories and photos by Tom Bennetton his second trip to Afghanistan to cover the mission of the Oregon National Guard.
Photographer Alex Pajunas earned three awards. He won the photopage category for photos depicting people protesting the proposed liquefied natural gas plant, second place in the news photography category for a flooding photo during the December storm and third place in the sports photo category for a photo of Seaside players during a break in a soccer playoff.
Steve Forrester, editor and publisher of The Daily Astorian, won first place in editorial writing for a portfolio of three editorials.
Two staff members were honored for headline writing. Coast Weekend editor Kathleen Strecker placed first and copy editor Max Charlton placed third. Charlton also placed third for front-page design for a portfolio of his work.
Sports writer Gary Henley placed second in the sports photo category for a shot of Knappa baseball.
Patrick Webb, managing editor, placed third in the special sections category for his work coordinating the annual Lives They Lived section.
Sue Cody, deputy managing editor, placed third for best sports pages.
Reporter Kara Hansen placed third in the silk purse category for a first-person account of a U.S. Coast Guard training program. The category honors writers who take a basic-sounding assignment and make it compelling.
Summer intern Mark Brown was honored with a third-place award in the religion writing category for a story about the activities at Astoria’s First Presbyterian Church.
The Daily Astorian competes against Oregon daily newspapers with circulations under 10,000.

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