City Weekly took first place in eight categories in Utah’s annual Society of Professional Journalists awards, held Thursday.
Notably, Stephen Dark and Eric S. Peterson held down the top spots in six of the nine news reporting categories: criminal justice, business/consumer, education, government, religion/values and personality profile. ---
City Weekly staff and freelancers took home a total of 18 awards in the contest, hosted by the Utah Headliners, the state chapter of the national Society of Professional Journalists. City Weekly competes against The Salt Lake Tribune, the Deseret News and the Daily Herald in these awards.
But perhaps the highlight of the evening was hearing Greg Wrubell—the night's MC, known locally as the voice of the BYU Cougars—say "I Watched Governor Herbert Eat Muffins For Two Hours" as he announced Colin Wolf's first-place win for best blog post.
Dark and Peterson are also finalists in the national Association of Alternative Newsmedia awards, the results of which will be announced in early July.
City Weekly Winners:
First Place, Criminal Justice Reporting: Prison Made
First Place, Education Reporting: A Lesson in Change
First Place, Personality Profile: One Way Street
Second Place, Minority Issues: Homeland Insecurity
Third Place, Sports Non-Deadline: The Real Deal
Honorable Mention, General News: Bell’s Toll
Eric S. Peterson
First Place, Government Reporting: Par for the Course
First Place (Tie), Religion/Values Reporting: Restoring the Priesthood
First Place, Business/Consumer Reporting: Crazy Pills
Second Place, Business/Consumer Reporting: Bad Company
Second Place, Best Overall Blog: The Secret Handshake
Colin Wolf & Mike Fuchs
First Place, Best Single Blog Post: I Watched Governor Herbert Eat Muffins for 2 Hours
Third Place, Best multimedia online: Fancy Cats: An Afternoon at the Utah Cat Show
Third Place, Arts and Entertainment: Soul Medicine
First Place, General Feature: Deadly Suspicion
Second Place, Criminal Justice Reporting: Deadly Suspicion
Matthew D. LaPlante and Paul Christiansen
Second Place, Medical/Science Reporting: Devastated
Third Place, Opinion Column: Free Agent
Photo of Eric S. Peterson's desk by Rachel Piper.