Saturday, June 16, 2012

Winning: SPJ Headliners chapter honors local journalists

Posted By on June 16, 2012, 6:15 PM

City Weekly staffers brought home a six pack of top prizes from the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists at its annual awards reception at the Fort Douglas Officers Club on Friday, June 15. --- In addition, staffers and City Weekly garnered 17 second-place, third-place and honorable mention awards.

City Weekly competes in Division A, the category of newspapers with circulation of 50,000 or more, meaning it's a four-way fight between us and the Trib, the Deseret News and Standard Examiner.

Our website and blogs were up against all comers.

Happily, we can report the following first-place winners:

BUSINESS/CONSUMER REPORTING: Sarah Kramer, City Weekly, "Nuclear Deal"
Judges wrote: Great reporting and solid writing make this entry stand out.

MILITARY REPORTING: Matthew D. LaPlante, City Weekly, "Special services"
Judges wrote: A thorough examination of the questionable trend toward court systems for specific constituencies. Excellent and well-written narrative.

PERSONALITY PROFILE: Eric S. Peterson, City Weekly, "Chaffetz revealed"
Judges wrote: An engaging read backed by thorough reporting and some spunky style and observations.

HUMOR/LIFESTYLE COLUMN: Scott Renshaw, City Weekly, "The 40-year-old coffee virgin"
Judges wrote: Fun and funny column, with some history of local culture and social mores blended into the story.

BEST OVERALL BLOG: Colin Wolf, City Weekly, The Secret Handshake
Judges wrote: This blog is all personality. It's hilarious, has great content, is creative and conversational.

BEST SINGLE BLOG POST: Colin Wolf, City Weekly, The Secret Handshake
Judges wrote: Wolf had the winning combo of engaging writing and multimedia aspects woven through the story to move along the narrative.

We congratulate all six on winning big and let the ever-eloquent Charlie Sheen explain why it matters.

Those robbed of glory, er, runners-up for the Headliners' contest include:

BEST NEWSPAPER REPORTER
2nd — Stephen Dark, City Weekly

BEST NEWSPAPER
2nd City Weekly

GENERAL FEATURE
3rd — Stephen Dark, City Weekly, "Burned Out Cop"

REVIEW/CRITICISM
3rd — Scott Renshaw, City Weekly, "Harry Potter: The Boy Who"

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
2nd — Austen Diamond, City Weekly, "Golden Voices"

BUSINESS/CONSUMER REPORTING
3rd — Eric Peterson, City Weekly, "Zombie Homes"

Honorable Mention — Austen Diamond, City Weekly, "Whittle Me This"

EDUCATION REPORTING
2nd — Eric Peterson, City Weekly "Bad Call"

3rd — Dan Nailen, City Weekly "The New U"


GOVERNMENT REPORTING
2nd — Eric Peterson, City Weekly, "Fix It Man"

Honorable Mention: Stephen Dark, City Weekly, "Neighborhood Watched"

MINORITY ISSUES REPORTING
2nd — Stephen Dark, City Weekly, "Immigrant Goal"

3rd — Stephen Dark, City Weekly, "Tainted Saint"

PERSONALITY PROFILE
2nd — Stephen Dark, City Weekly, "Mormon Celebrity Meltdown"

RELIGION/VALUES REPORTING
2nd — Jesse Fruhwirth, City Weekly, "Yoganomics"

BEST NEWS-ORIENTED WEB SITE
3rd — CityWeekly.net

BEST OVERALL BLOG
2nd — Gavin Sheehan, City WeeklyGavin's Underground

Congrats to our hardworking staffers, freelancers and intern (yes, an intern won first place. Good one, Sarah Kramer!). And to the assemblage of local journos who participated in the Headliners contest, we salute you, too, but look sharp. We'll be back for more.

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