Journalists’ society fetes 2013 work; Columbian staffers receive 29 prizes

Annual competition draws entrants from across a five-state region



The Columbian won 29 awards, including second place for general excellence and first place in website design, for its staffers’ work in 2013 in a five-state competition organized by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Eight first-place awards were for Environment & Science Reporting, Business Column, Lifestyles Reporting, Sports Column, Editorial & Commentary, Portrait Photography, Sports Photography, and Best Web Design.

The Columbian competed with daily newspapers with a circulation of 25,001 to 65,000 in all categories except online, in which it competed against all news outlets in the region regardless of size.

The annual contest judged more than 1,800 entries from 269 news outlets in SPJ’s Region 10, which is Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Categories included daily newspapers, nondaily newspapers, alternative newsweeklies, magazines, television stations, radio, freelance reporters and websites.

The awards were announced Saturday at the SPJ Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter’s annual banquet in Portland.

Here are the award winners in the 2013 SPJ Region 10 contest:

Environment & Science Reporting

Business Column

Lifestyles Reporting

Sports Column

Editorial and Commentary

Portrait Photography

Sports Photography

  • First place: Troy Wayrynen, “Snowshoeing.”
  • Third place: Zachary Kaufman, “Dunked.”

Best Web Design

  • First place: The Columbian

General Excellence

  • Second place: The Columbian.

Comprehensive Coverage

Investigative Reporting

Education Reporting

Business Reporting

Short Feature Story

Sports Feature Story

General Column

Page Design

  • Second place: Marsha Matta, (Feb. 3; Oct. 20; Dec. 29).


Note: The headlines that appear in print sometimes differ from those that accompany a story online.

  • Second place: Colleen Keller

    June 16: The fashion police / Inmate clothes at Clark County Jail designed to denote threat level, be practical, save money

    July 4: Mama Fran’s patriotic yarn / Woman crochets American flag afghans for service members, their families

    Aug. 10: Think prettying up a pig is easy? Hogwash! / Team effort required to make 4-H swine shine before competing at fair

    Aug. 22: Litterbugs infest local roadways / Vancouver spent more than $124,000 in 2012 cleaning up trash; few littering citations issued

    Sept. 30: Hit flu with your best shot / Local health officials urge residents to get protection now against illness

    Dec. 8: Give it to me straight / Vancouver barbershop’s straight razor shaves a relaxing treat designed just for men

  • Third place: Susan Abe

    Jan. 8: Higher education, higher costs / Students hit the books and the books hit back / Text purchases are a stunning lesson even before first class

    June 2: Adobe casts cloud on budgets / Software subscription costs are still unknown

    July 1: SUVs: Road tested / Fire department staff say they felt they got nimble response in experiment, but data will be reviewed

    July 20: After lawmakers killed CRC, local delegates ask state to brush itself off, get … Back up on the bridge

    July 22: Tall tales of tall creatures fly like sparks at scientists’ campfire

    Dec. 25: When cold can be comfort / A big fridge makes a big difference in feeding a family without burning through budget

Government & Politics Reporting

Personalities Reporting

Photo Page, Story or Essay