The Columbian’s print and online news operation won 26 awards in a five-state competition organized by the Society of Professional Journalists.
The awards were announced Saturday as part of the Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest.
The competition is held annually by Region 10 of SPJ to honor exceptional journalism in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.
This year’s contest honors work produced or published in 2010. More than 2,500 entries from dozens of media organizations throughout the region were then reviewed and rated by out-of-state judges.
The Columbian competed in the 25,001 to 65,000 circulation category for its print edition, and against entries at all levels in its online site, http://www.columbian.com.
1st Place: Erin Middlewood, “Coping With Cancer”
2nd Place: Staff, “Bethany Storro Case — Series”
Spot News Reporting
3rd Place: Aaron Corvin, “Peacehealth Wants Its HQ here”
Crime and Justice Reporting
2nd Place: Laura McVicker, “Officially Free: After 17 Years Men Finally Shed Rape Charge”
Government and Politics Reporting
3rd Place: Erik Robinson, “Inspection Spurs Alarm About Dams”
1st Place: Kathie Durbin, “Washington’s Wind Power Windfall”
3rd Place: Aaron Corvin, “Nautilus Looking for a Comeback”
1st Place: Courtney Sherwood
Short Feature Story (up to 1,000 words)
1st Place: Scott Hewitt, “Main Street in America: Happy 234 — and many Happy Returns”
Long Feature Story (more than 1,000 words)
3rd Place: Scott Hewitt, “More Than Survival”
3rd Place: Greg Jayne, “Papermakers are Streak-Breakers”
1st Place: Matt Calkins
2nd Place: Greg Jayne
Editorial & Commentary
2nd Place: Greg Jayne
3rd Place: John Laird
1st Place: Bob Sisson
2nd Place: Colleen Keller
3rd Place: Rob Oster
3rd Place: Merridee Hanson
3rd Place: Steven Lane, “Adopt Me”
1st Place: Steven Lane, “Henderson Brothers”
2nd Place: Zachary Kaufman, “Boxer Virgil Green”
2nd Place: Steven Lane, “Game Winner”
Photo Page, Story or Essay
1st Place: Troy Wayrynen, “Coping with Cancer”
Online Special Report/Enterprise
2nd Place: Staff, “The Volcano Next Door”
Online Interactive graphic or resource
2nd Place: Marsha Matta, "Mount St. Helens Victims”