We're proud to announce WW won 13 first-place awards at the Society of Professional Journalists banquet May 17, including for general excellence.
WW scored two first-place awards among alternative newspapers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska for stories published in 2013. (Results in half of the categories of this contest are not yet in.) Investigative reporting, Rachel Graham Cody, âExpel Checkâ (Sept. 25, 2013), on rising discipline rates levied by Portland Public Schools against African-American students. Sports reporting: Aaron Mesh, Casey Jarman, Aaron Brown, Jonanna Widner and John Locanthi, âRip City vs. No Pityâ (Oct. 9, 2013), the competition for fansâ love between the Portland Timbers and Portland Trail Blazers.
WW also won the General Excellence prize and 10 first-place awards among Oregon and southwest Washington weekly newspapers, circulation 8,000-plus. Social issues reporting: Nigel Jaquiss, âNo Good Deedâ (July 17, 2013), the adoption of a troubled child. Profiles: Andrea Damewood, âWhack-a-Moleâ (Oct. 23, 2013), an activist accused of being an FBI informant. Government reporting: Damewood, âThe Woman Behind the Bridgeâ (Feb. 27, 2013), the role of Patricia McCaig, adviser to Gov. John Kitzhaber, in lobbying for the Columbia River Crossing. Investigative reporting: Cody, âExpel Check.â Education reporting: Jaquiss, âFlunk Factoriesâ (Nov. 13, 2013); the truth behind Portland high schoolsâ graduation rates. Science and health reporting: Erin Fenner, âWho Wants To Save a Junkie?â (March 6, 2013), Oregonâs failure to expand use of a drug to resuscitate overdosed heroin users. Sports feature: staff, âSpoke Addictsâ (April 10, 2013), our 2013 bike issue. Photography: Evan Johnson, âCity of Bridges" (Oct. 2, 2013), a photo essay of Portlandâs bridges. Long feature: Matthew Singer, âThe Last of the Sad Bastardsâ (Oct. 16, 2013), a profile of Elliott Smith 10 years after his death. Arts reporting: Singer, âThe Last of the Sad Bastardsâ; and consumer and lifestyle: staff, âHook it to My Veinsâ (Dec. 4, 2013), our 2013 coffee issue.