Well-jaded journalists often yawn or roll their eyes upon learning they're award finalists. --- They appear indifferent and pretend it's no big deal. But guess what: no matter what, they're juiced.
Those who consider the journalism profession to be on life support, know this: talented writers abound and the competition remains fierce. Since City Weekly makes a point to compete head on with The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, it's even more challenging -- and gratifying -- to prevail in any category.
So following the Friday, June 17th banquet for the Utah Headliners -- the local chapter for the Society of Professional Journalists -- where 175 finalists were recognized from 1,000 entries, big props are in order for first-place City Weekly winners, including:
Staff reporter Eric S. Peterson in Medical Science Reporting for his story about bad doctors, titled "What You Don't Know About Me Could Hurt You."
Freelancer Scott Carrier whose profile on Brian David Mitchell titled "The One Mighty & Strong" took first in Religion Values Reporting.
Opinion writer John Rasmuson for his "Text Me Not" column.
A&E editor Scott Renshaw dominated in the headline-writing category.
And, Marty Foy, now living in Denver, won SPJ's award for Best Videographer for 2011.
We also had a lovely bunch of 2nd-place winners this year:
City Weekly took 2nd place as Best Newspaper (Salt Lake Tribune took 1st and there were no 3rd place or honorable mention winners. D-News, where were you?)
Scott Renshaw: 2nd place for his review/criticism of the film Babies.
Carolyn Campbell: 2nd place for her "Killed for Custody" Criminal Justice feature.
Jesse Fruhwirth: 2nd place for his "Sexual Healing" Religion/Values feature.
John Kilbourn: 2nd place for his Election Issues illustration.
CityWeekly.net's Salt Blog took 3rd place for Best Overall Blog; our Facebook page took 3rd for Best Use of News-Oriented Social Media (really, who could beat Fox 13 Ben Winslow?). CityWeekly.net earned an honorable mention for Best News-Oriented Website.
Speaking of the coveted honorable mention, Bill Frost earned one for his "What Gary Herbert Doesn't Know" Ocho column in the Humor/Lifestyle category and Randy Harward for his "Utah Hold 'Em" feature in the Arts & Entertainment reporting category.
Kudos to all.
Oh, and for a different result (same stories submitted), check out our winners from the recent regional SPJ competition -- the "Top of the Rockies" -- here.