Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Judges put Express at the ‘pinnacle’

Newspaper earns 43 awards in Idaho Press Club contest


By EXPRESS STAFF

Pam Morris

    The Idaho Mountain Express won 43 awards for excellence in journalism Saturday at the Idaho Press Club’s annual awards banquet, including the Pinnacle Award, which is given to media organizations that earn more individual awards than any of their competitors in the state.
    The club—the primary press association in Idaho—awarded the Express third place in the General Excellence category, which judges newspapers on writing, originality, viewer interest and enterprise.
    The club’s Best of 2012 awards recognized excellence in print, television, public relations and radio journalism done throughout the state in 2012. Express staff accepted awards for newspaper reporting, editorial writing, photography, sports writing, website design and newspaper design at the event in downtown Boise. It earned all three awards given in three categories, editorial writing, graphics and sports news reporting. Reporter Brennan Rego won first place in the First Amendment category, in which dailies and non-dailies compete for recognition for work in upholding the First Amendment to the Constitution.
    Sun Valley Guide magazine, published by the newspaper’s parent company, Express Publishing, earned four additional awards in magazine competition, including first place in the General Excellence category.
    “I’m proud that the judges recognized so many employees of the Express,” said Editor Greg Foley. “It’s a testament to the hard work that everyone on the newspaper and magazine staff puts in each and every week.”
    Here is a complete list of newspaper and magazine awards won by the Express, Sun Valley Guide and other media organizations in the Wood River Valley:

Pinnacle Award (most awards won) —Weekly Print
1st Idaho Mountain Express

General Excellence—Weekly Print
1st Idaho Business Review
2nd Boise Weekly
3rd Idaho Mountain Express
Honorable Mention: The Weekly Sun

First Amendment Award—All Media
1st Brennan Rego—Idaho Mountain Express
3rd Terry Smith—Idaho Mountain Express


General News Story—Weekly Print
3rd Katherine Wutz—Idaho Mountain Express—“Lone wolf pup found near Ketchum”

Spot News Coverage—Weekly Print
1st Terry Smith—Idaho Mountain Express—“District and McKinstry sue each other”
3rd Terry Smith—Idaho Mountain Express—“Former Bellevue boy dies from ‘choking game’”

Serious Feature Report—Weekly Print
1st Jennifer Tuohy—Idaho Mountain Express—“It Was Absolutely Terrifying”
3rd Jennifer Tuohy—Idaho Mountain Express—“Flying with Fire”

Light Feature Report—Weekly Print
2nd Jennifer Tuohy—Idaho Mountain Express—“Born to ride: Baby Arrives on Highway 20”
3rd Tony Evans—Idaho Mountain Express—“Finding the real Santa Claus”

Series—Weekly Print
1st Katherine Wutz—Idaho Mountain Express—“LOT”

Outdoor Feature—Weekly Print
2nd Terry Smith—Idaho Mountain Express—“Are rainbow trout native to Idaho?”
3rd Brennan Rego—Idaho Mountain Express—“Mountain groomers offer a Beastly ride”

Sports News Coverage—Weekly Print
1st Jeff Cordes—Idaho Mountain Express—“Defense, Haylee are vital to trophy march”
2nd Jeff Cordes—Idaho Mountain Express—“Nezperce Shuts Down Carey”
3rd Jeff Cordes—Idaho Mountain Express—“A sudden, puzzling end to Wood River’s 3-0 win”

Sports Feature Story—Weekly Print
1st Jeff Cordes—Idaho Mountain Express—“Leap lists and memories made”
2nd Karen Bossick—The Weekly Sun—“Knori Perseveres”
3rd Jeff Cordes—Idaho Mountain Express—“689 mile saga of saddle-sores and soaring water”

General Column—Weekly Print
1st Tony Evans—Idaho Mountain Express—“Ayn Rand; Good grief; The whole shebang”

Specialty Column—Weekly Print
3rd Bali Szabo—The Weekly Sun—“Habitat for Non-Humanity”

Editorial—Weekly Print
1st Pam Morris—Idaho Mountain Express—“City playing hostile game of “Gotcha”
2nd Pam Morris—Idaho Mountain Express—“The Good Ol’ Boy State”
3rd Pam Morris—Idaho Mountain Express—“The Document that Didn’t Exist”

Page Design—Weekly Print
2nd Erik Elison—Idaho Mountain Express—“Image Wars”
3rd Leslie Thompson- The Weekly Sun—“Weekly Sun page”

Spot News Photography—Weekly Print
2nd Willy Cook—Idaho Mountain Express—“School’s Out, Bring on Summer”

General News Photography—Weekly Print
1st Willy Cook—Idaho Mountain Express—“Four-Legged Weed Whackers Are Back”
3rd Willy Cook—Idaho Mountain Express—“Hope Springs Eternal”

Sports Photography—Weekly Print
3rd Willy Cook—Idaho Mountain Express—“Hang On, Little Man”

Photo Essay—Weekly Print
3rd Willy Cook—Idaho Mountain Express—“At Dollar, a big splash to close the season”

Graphics—Weekly Print
1st Kristen Kaiser, Erik Elison—Idaho Mountain Express—“Jazz Fest cover”
2nd Kristen Kaiser—Idaho Mountain Express—“Creativity calm anxious”
3rd Kristen Kaiser—Idaho Mountain Express—“Wagon Days cover”

Arts / Entertainment Reporting—Weekly Print
3rd Karen Bossick—The Weekly Sun—“Basking in Basque History”

Political Reporting—Weekly Print
1st Brennan Rego—Idaho Mountain Express—“Sun Valley cuts Marketing Alliance funding”

Education Reporting—Weekly Print
2nd Terry Smith—Idaho Mountain Express—“Alternative school becomes district’s shining star”
3rd Terry Smith—Idaho Mountain Express—“McKinstry: Hiring local escalated costs”

Agriculture Reporting—Weekly Print
1st Katherine Wutz—Idaho Mountain Express—“When the cows don’t come home”

Crime /Courts Reporting—Weekly Print
2nd Terry Smith—Idaho Mountain Express—“Attorney seeks to reopen Johnson case”

Religion Reporting—Weekly Print
2nd Tony Evans—Idaho Mountain Express—“For Blaine students, a journey into the mind”

Environment Reporting—Weekly Print
2nd Rebecca Meany—Idaho Mountain Express –“Refuge, Recreation or Both”

Health/Medical Reporting—Weekly Print
2nd Rebecca Meany—Idaho Mountain Express—“Efforts Target Mental Health”
3rd Jennifer Tuohy—Idaho Mountain Express—“They don’t call it Sun Valley for Nothing”

Special Section—Weekly Print
2nd Leslie Thompson, Karen Bossick, Bali Szabo, Margot Van Horn—The Weekly Sun—“GIVE”
3rd Staff—Idaho Mountain Express—“Wagon Days”

Rookie of the Year—Weekly Print
2nd Brennan Rego—Idaho Mountain Express

Website—General Excellence—Weekly
2nd Chris Seldon—Sun Valley Guide—SunValleyGuide.com

General Excellence—Magazine
1st Jennifer Tuohy, Tony Barriatua—Sun Valley Guide—Sun Valley Guide Summer 2012

Magazine Writing—Serious Feature
1st Greg Stahl—Sun Valley Guide—“Standing on the Shoulders of Giants”
2nd Patti Murphy—Sun Valley Magazine—“The Complex Issue of the Wolf”

Magazine Writing—Light Feature
3rd Laurie Sammis, Mike McKenna—Sun Valley Magazine—“Living in the shadows of the Sawtooths”

Magazine Column
1st Jennifer Tuohy—Sun Valley Guide—“Snow: An Adaptation”
2nd Jennifer Tuohy—Sun Valley Guide—“Moving for a Mountain”




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