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Wide Spectrum of Winners Honored at
(San Diego) - San Diego's finest reporters, photographers, writers and artists were honored with the region's top awards in journalism at the San Diego Press Club's 38th annual Excellence in Journalism Awards at a fitting location – the San Diego Hall of Champions.
38th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards Ceremony
"The challenges faced by members of today’s news media have never been more daunting. The landscape changes seemingly moment to moment,” said Nicole Sours Larson, incoming San Diego Press Club President. “But one thing doesn’t change, which is that a good, well-written, well-told story is at the heart of all high-quality communication. The story prevails and it is the storytelling we honor through our awards.”
The San Diego Press Club's Journalism Awards is among the largest regional competitions in the United States. More than 340 awards were presented in 105 categories, with a 15% increase in entries over the previous year. A full list of winners is available online at www.sdpressclub.org.
A wide array of topics and their treatment captured the judges’ attention. Notable in this year’s competition was the number of individuals writing for websites and blogs winning head to head against more established mainstream or “traditional” news media, including the most honored winners of the year.
Among multiple award winners, Joanne Faryon of KPBS received a record-breaking seven first place awards and one second, making her the most honored journalist of the evening. Pat Broderick, San Diego Daily Journal, added six awards, securing her place as the Press Club’s most honored journalist through the history of the competition. Eighteen individual journalists received four or more awards, including multiple first place award winners Faryon, Beth Accomando, Kristina Davis, Irv Erdos, Claire Yezbak Fadden, Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, Ron James, Ed Joyce, Nicole Sours Larson, Lily Leung, Katia López-Hodoyán, Christopher Maue, Miriam Raftery, Jamie Reno, Valerie Scher, Bob Stefanko and Mia Stefanko.
Best of Show Awards were presented to:
Best Television Entry
DaVida Plummer VanderPloeg, “Oxy: A Quick Trip to Heroin,” KUSI-TV
Best Non-Daily Newspapers Entry
David Rolland, “Injustice Served: How One Strip Joint and the Federal Government Destroyed Mike Zucchet's Political Career,” San Diego CityBeat
Best Magazines Entry
Cher Pendarvis, “Steve Lis and His Fish,” Surfers’ Journal
Best Websites Entry
Joanne Faryon, Christopher Maue, Hilary Andrews, Ciarra Briesch, “The Marijuana State,” KPBS
Best Radio Entry
Ed Joyce, “All Things Considered 5:30 pm News,” (June 16, 2011), KPBS
Best Daily Newspapers and Web Entry
Janine Zuniga, Tanya Sierra, Morgan Lee, Greg Moran, Kristina Davis, “Teen's Life Story One of Neglect, Brutality,” The San Diego Union-Tribune
James Palen, “Biomimicry: Nature meets human innovation for sustainable living,” San Diego Daily Transcript
Designated News Day
Sage Pierce, Nina Mortenson, Heathre Decou, Sherry Lou Blower, “NBC San Diego News in the Morning,” (May 25, 2011)
Special Achievement Awards were presented to:
Harold Keen Award for Outstanding Contributions in Journalism
Andy Mace Award for Career Achievement in Public Relations
Stephanie Casenza, APR
Jim Reiman Award for Enlightened Media Management
NOTE TO EDITORS/REPORTERS: The full list of winners is available online at www.sdpressclub.org