2004 SEATTLE TIMES NEWSROOM AWARDS
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Society for News Design, Best of Newspaper Design competition
The Seattle Times has won 15 awards from the Society for News Design in its annual Best of Newspaper Design competition. This international contest had 15,000 entries, only 6 percent of which won awards. The newspaper's redesign was honored with the award of excellence, one of only seven redesigns so recognized.
Associated Press Sports Editors Triple Crown
The sports section of The Seattle Times has won the Associated Press Sports Editors Triple Crown for work in 2004, meaning the section ranked in the top 10 sports sections for daily, Sunday and special sections in the newspaper's circulation category. This is the third time the section has received this honor. Additionally, four reporters were honored with a top 10 finish in the writing competition-Les Carpenter for columns and features, Larry Stone for project reporting, Bob Sherwin for game stories, and Christine Willmsen for investigative reporting.
Excellence in Legal Journalism Award
Reporters Ken Armstrong, Florangela Davila and Justin Mayo received the 2004 Excellence in Legal Journalism Award for "The Empty Promise of an Equal Defense," a three-part report on the serious problems in Washington state's public defense system. The award, given by the Washington State Bar Association, honors work that sets the standard for "relevance, clarity, accuracy and understanding in reporting."
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
National Press Club Journalism Awards Contest
Christine Willmsen, Maureen O'Hagen and the staff of seattletimes.com took first place in the National Press Club Journalism Awards Contest in the category of Online Journalism - Distinguished Online Contribution, for the "Coaches Who Prey" series. The award honors the "best individual contribution to public service using online technology."
Washington Monthly Magazine
Cheryl Phillips, Steve Miletich, and Ken Armstrong were recognized by Washington Monthly magazine for their report, "Airline Insecurity." The award honors journalism that demonstrates a commitment to the public interest.
Society of American Travel Writers
The Travel section of The Seattle Times was recognized with one gold and two silver medals at the 20th Annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. Photographer Alan Berner was awarded a gold medal for "At Home on the Range" in the newspaper photo illustration category. Kristin Jackson was awarded a silver medal in foreign travel for "Japan 101." And Sally Macdonald and John Macdonald received a silver medal in cultural travel for "Charleston's Hidden History."
AASFE 2004 Writing Competition
The American Association of Sunday and Features Editors (AASFE) awarded Seattle Times reporter Shirleen Holt and Nancy Leson a second place in the General Features category for newspapers with circulation between 175,001 and 300,000, The AASFE is an international organization of editors dedicated to the quality of features in newspapers.
The Heywood Broun Award
Reporters Christine Willmsen and Maureen O'Hagan captured the 2004 Heywood
Broun Award for "Coaches Who Prey," a dramatic and disturbing
expose of betrayal of kids' trust, of how coaches prey on their own
vulnerable high school charges and of a system that fails to stamp this
out. The prestigious Broun award, given by The Newspaper Guild-CWA since
1941, recognizes work that "helps right a wrong or correct an injustice."
The George Polk Journalism Award for Local Reporting
Reporters Duff Wilson, Sheila Farr and former Seattle Times intern
Brian Joseph are winners of one of the most prestigious prizes in journalism,
the George Polk Award. Their investigative project on Asian art fraud,
"The Art of Deception," captured the Local Reporting category.
Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards
The Seattle Times won 54 awards, including 25 for first place, at the
Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards. The Seattle Times
was competing against newspapers with circulation of more than 65,000
from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The annual competition
is sponsored by the Western Washington chapter of the Society of Professional
Journalists, and was judged by SPJ chapters from around the country.
Complete list of awards.
The Society of Professional Journalists
The Society of Professional Journalists has given The Seattle Times
and seattletimes.com the Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in
Online Journalism for "Coaches Who Prey." This national award
is one of journalism's highest honors. "Coaches" represents
the kind of collaboration between our print and online staffs that serves
our community through the combined power of great reporting, editing,
engineering and design. Contributers include Christine Willmsen, Maureen
O'Hagan, Jim Neff, Tracy Cutchlow, Carlin Pressnall, Matt Martin, Nick
Provenza and Ian Ith.
The Society of American Business Editors & Writers
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers has named The Seattle
Times business section as one of the five best in the nation in its
"large newspapers" category. The Seattle Times business department won
a 2004 Best in Business award from the Society of American Business
Editors & Writers for breaking news reporting. The award was presented
for coverage of Phil Condit's resignation from Boeing. The package of
coverage included a main story by David Bowermaster, "Boeing shake-up
aims to stop ethics damage," plus a series of side stories that included
reports from Drew Desilver, Kyung Song, Shirleen Holt, Luke Timmerman,
Bradley Meacham and Dominic Gates.
World Press Photo Contest
Tom Reese won second place in the "Sports Feature" category
in the World Press photo contest for his photo of Seattle's St. Patrick's
National Press Photographers
Alan Berner was named "2003 Photographer of the Year"
for Region 11 by the National Press Photographers.
Best Business Stories of the Year
Business reporter Shirleen Holt's story, "Death of the American
Dream," the intimate portrayal of a middle class family fallen
on hard times, has been included in the Best Business Stories of the
Year, 2004 edition.
2004 Scripps Howard Foundation's National Journalism Awards
Christine Willmsen and Maureen O'Hagan earned a first place in Public
Service Reporting for "Coaches Who Prey."
2004 Education Writers Association
Christine Willmsen and Maureen O'Hagan were awarded first prize in Investigative
Reporting for "Coaches Who Prey."
Society of Newspaper Design Top 10
The Seattle Times was ranked in the top ten for national newspapers
for its work in 2003.
NEXT staffer wins Edward R. Murrow Award
Jennifer Jamall, a member of The Seattle Times NEXT team, won an Edward
R. Murrow award, 3rd place in the high school feature writing competition
for "Faces Like Mine," a story about her visit to see relatives in Pakistan,
juxtaposing the poverty of the country with her relatives' wealth and
threatened security due to their political involvement.
Best of the West
The Seattle Times won 3 first place, 2 second place and 2 third
place awards at the Best of the West contest, developed to reward journalistic
excellence and promote freedom of information.
Complete List of Awards.
National Real Estate Editors
Seattle Times Real Estate reporter Marty McOmber was recognized for
his work on South Lake Union. Also contributing was Bob Young.
Real Estate Editors Group
Marty McOmber won a second place for his collection of stories about
the Bank of America tower, Sea-Tac Airport's expansion, post-Boeing
Renton and South Lake Union.
Society of Newspaper Design, Award of Excellence/Photojournalism
The Seattle Times newsphoto staff earned an Award of Excellence for
"Pictures of the Year," a Pacific Northwest Magazine photo
story. Harley Soltes, Ken Lambert, Jim Bates, Mark Harrison, Thomas
James Hurst, Greg Gilbert, Tom Reese, photographers; Angela Gottschalk,
Fred Nelson, Teri Boyd, picture editors. Complete
List of Awards.
Associated Press Sports Editors Top 10: Sunday Section, Daily Section
Judges' comments on The Seattle Times' daily section: "Great
look and great reporting on the big events. The inside pages, baseball
and golf are great surprises for the reader as they work their way through
the section." On the Sunday section: "Anyone would be hard
pressed to criticize. This is a beautiful looking section, well-organized,
easy-to-read. The stories are topical and original." Additionally,
five stories were selected in the Top 10 in writing categories, including
game story, breaking news, explanatory, project and investigative.