Utah SPJ Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the Utah Headliners SPJ Awards. The following is a list of award winners for work completed in 2011:

SPECIAL AWARDS

Clifford P. Cheney Service to Journalism Award:

Terry Orme, managing editor, The Salt Lake Tribune

Roy B. Gibson Freedom of Information Award:

Utah Media Coalition

Quintus C. Wilson Ethics Award:

Rick Egan and Matthew D. LaPlante

Don Baker Investigative Reporting Award:

Brooke Adams, The Salt Lake Tribune

GRAPHICS CATEGORY

G1—ART ILLUSTRATION

1st — Salt Lake Tribune Jam

2nd — Salt Lake Tribune Degrees to Nowhere

G2—BEST SINGLE-PAGE DESIGN

1st — Blain Hefner SL Tribune Superheroes

Comment: A compelling and informational front page that successfully draws the reader into the story for all the right reasons

2nd — Joshua Joye SLUG Magazine Pangea Speed

3rd — Joshua Joye SLUG Magazine Craft Lake City

HM — Joshua Joye SLUG Magazine Cupcake Social

MAGAZINES

M1—BEST MAGAZINE

1st — Utah Valley Business Q

Comment: Everything about the publication is #1: Writing, photography, ad placements—Head and shoulders above the rest.

2nd — Utah Valley Magazine

3rd — Southern Utah Youth Sports Magazine

M2 —NEWS

1st — Tom Haraldsen Utah Business Magazine Stealing the Show

Comment: The article clearly describes the incentives offered to filmmakers, as well as the intangible benefits. The writing was informative yet engaging, making for an interesting, enjoyable read.

2nd — Peri Kinder Utah Business Magazine Help Not Wanted

3rd — Nadine Wimmer Deseret Media The 5 Second Rule

M3—FEATURE

1st — Jeanette Bennett Utah Valley Magazine The Bee’s Nies

Comment: The piece had a friendly, warm style that allowed the reader to get to know the subject and see why people have become enamored with her blog.

2nd — Alexander Ortega SLUG Magazine Tooth Fractal Psychedelia

3rd — Jeanette Moses SLUG Magazine Precision builds…

M4—COVER/PAGE DESIGN

1st — Utah Business Magazine — April 2011

Comment: What a brilliant cover! The green catches your eye right away, and all the symbols draw you in. The 25th anniversary bug is a nice touch as well!

2nd — Utah Valley Magazine — March/April 2011

3rd — Utah Valley Bride — Fall 2011

NEWSPAPER DIVISION A CATEGORY

N1A—BEST NEWSPAPER REPORTER

1st — Tom Harvey SL Tribune

Comment: Harvey’s work combines a knack for getting to sources most wouldn’t and a consistently clear central conflict with writing skill that makes even a post-trial post mortem as riveting as a suspense novel. Excellent work

2nd — Stephen Dark City Weekly

3rd — Sara Israelsen-Hartley Deseret News

N2A—BEST NEWSPAPER

1st — The Salt Lake Tribune

Comment: The Tribune delivers a buffet of information and entertainment that’s hard to match. The paper looks good, reads well and gives its audience a combination of solid enterprise work with good photography and compelling features.

2nd — Salt Lake City Weekly

N3A—SPOT NEWS

1st — Melinda Rogers SL Tribune Smart to Mitchell

No comments from judge

2nd — The Salt Lake Tribune Winds buffet Utah

3rd — The Salt Lake Tribune DeChristopher: More must follow

N4A—GENERAL NEWS

1st — Judy Fahys SL Tribune Who’s Kent Jones?

2nd — Lee Davidson SL Tribune Utah Boy Scouts

3rd — Lee Davidson SL Tribune Fatality followed UTA failure

HM — Dennis Romboy Deseret News Questions swirl…

N5A—GENERAL FEATURE

1st — Melinda Rogers SL Tribune Utah’s former football star

Comments: A story that didn’t hold back any punches. Rogers didn’t miss any interview opps. and got to all folks involved, then wrote a story that drew readers in. 

2nd — Christopher Smart SL Tribune For son left behind

3rd — Stephen Dark City Weekly Burned Out Cop

N6A—CONTINUING COVERAGE

1st — Thomas Burr SL Tribune Jon Huntsman’s campaign

Comment: This unvarnished look at Jon Huntsman was a great service to readers, illustrating the digging required to produce such a package.

2nd — Melinda Rogers SL Tribune Brian David Mitchell

3rd — Lindsey Whitehurst SL Tribune Polygamist leader Jeffs

HM — Donald W. Meyers SL Tribune Provo Tabernacle fire

N7A—SERIES

1st — Lois Collins & Sara Lenz Deseret News End of innocence

Comment: Excellent imagery, picking the right words and the right tones.

2nd — Brandon Loomis SL Tribune Our dying forests

3rd — Heather May SL Tribune Healthy for whom?

HM — Michael C. Lewis SL Tribune Pac-12 project

N8A—REVIEW/CRITICISM

1st — Ellen Fagg Weist SL Tribune One Day More: Les Miz

Comment: Weist’s taut pace and sharp writing keep things lively, and she delivers shrewd observations on the production that keep the reader’s interest.

2nd — David Burger SL Tribune The 5 Browns return

3rd — Scott Renshaw City Weekly The Boy Who: Harry Potter

HM — Ben Fulton City Weekly Lady MacBeth

N9A—ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

1st — Elaine Jarvik SL Tribune Junior High School Musical

Comment: Great use of detail and action to place the reader there; unique and fun to read

2nd — Austen Diamond City Weekly Golden Voices

3rd — Ben Fulton City Weekly SLC’s mega-theatre

N10A—CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORTING

1st — Robert Gehrke SL Tribune Shurtleff silent

Comment: Reading Gehrke’s story about Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff’s relationship with Jeremy Johnson, it’s clear that Gehrke not only did the reporting but also was dedicated to the writing part as well. 

2nd — Dennis Romboy Deseret News Feds arrest St. George man

3rd — Sara Israelsen-Hartley Deseret News After 17 years in prison

HM — Aaron Falk SL Tribune In life or death

N11A—BUSINESS/CONSUMER REPORTING

1st — Sarah Kramer City Weekly Nuclear Deal

Comment: Great reporting and solid writing make this entry stand out.

2nd — Brian Maffly SL Tribune Fits and Startups

3rd — Eric S. Peterson City Weekly Zombie Homes

HM — Austen Diamond City Weekly Whittle Me This

N12A—EDUCATION REPORTING

1st — Lisa Schencker SL Tribune How do schools spend your money?

Comment: Excellent use of a single family and a single school district to examine the issue of class size and education spending. Graphic was especially good and helpful.

2nd — Eric S. Peterson City Weekly Bad call

3rd — Dan Nallen City Weekly The New U

N13A—GOVERNMENT REPORTING

1st — Robert Gehrke SL Tribune Move to dilute GRAMA

No judge comments

2nd — Eric S. Peterson City Weekly Fix-It Man

3rd — Matt Canham SL Tribune Is Hatch hurting himself?

HM — Stephen Dark City Weekly Neighborhood Watched

N14A—MEDICAL/SCIENCE REPORTING

1st — Heather May SL Tribune Bad things can happen

Comment: This story really captures the heart-breaking helplessness that these children and their families feel. Heather May’s writing brings you so much into their lives, you want to give them a hug. This story is truly a piece of enterprise journalism.

2nd — Kirsten Stewart SL Tribune Concierge medicine

3rd — Wendy Leonard Deseret News Chronic fatigue

HM — Lois M. Collins Deseret News Rare disease

N15A—MILITARY REPORTING

1st — Matthew D. LaPlante City Weekly Special services

Comment: A thorough examination of the questionable trend toward court systems for specific constituencies. Excellent and well-written narrative.

2nd — Kristen Moulton SL Tribune For Utah families…

3rd — Julia Lyon SL Tribune SLC housing agency

HM — Kristen Moulton SL Tribune National Guard

N16A—MINORITY ISSUES REPORTING

1st — Christopher Smart SL Tribune From boy to man

Comment: There’s a “real”ness to this story about a lost childhood, and the candor with which the subject speaks about this frustrations comes out in clear writing.

2nd — Stephen Dark City Weekly Immigrant Goal

3rd — Stephen Dark City Weekly Tainted Saint

HM — David Montero SL Tribune Arizona immigration law

N17A—PERSONALITY PROFILE

1st — Eric S. Peterson City Weekly Chaffetz revealed

Comment: An engaging read backed by thorough reporting and some spunky style and observation.

2nd — Steven Dark Cilty Weekly Mormon celebrity meltdown

3rd — Thomas Burr SL Tribune Huntman’s journey

N18A—RELIGION/VALUES REPORTING

1st — Lisa Schencker SL Tribune Utah rabbi helps teens

Comment: Very well put together story. In clear language, the writer explains how the rabbi, in his own way, is planting a seed.

2nd — Jesse Fruhwirth City Weekly Yoganomics

3rd — Donald W. Meyers SL Tribune An angel on high

HM — Peggy Fletcher Stack SL Tribune Sex and the single Mormon

N19A—SPORTS DEADLINE

1st — Brian T. Smith SL Tribune Jazz ripped apart by Knicks

Comment: Great job capturing the feel of a team in a tailspin.

2nd — Brian T. Smith SL Tribune Sloan calls it a career

3rd — Michael C. Lewis SL Tribune RSL falters at home

N20A—SPORTS NON-DEADLINE

1st — Bill Oram SL Tribune Dad never wavered

Comment: Great job making what can seem like a complicated relationship easily understood.

2nd — Brian T. Smith/Mike Gorrell SL Tribune Jazz empire

3rd — Bill Oram SL Tribune Babe Ruth owned SLC

N21A—EDITORAL CARTOON

No entries in this category

N22A—EDITORIAL

1st — Marilyn McKinnon SL Tribune Leg’s shell game

Comment: Gives a lot of facts in a short space, as good editorials should, and does so with persuasive clarity that doesn’t abandon common sense for the sake of a good hook.

2nd — George Pyle SL Tribune Now it’s up to you

3rd — Marilyn McKinnon SL Tribune Fireworks backfire

HM — Doug Gibson Standard-Examiner Pols work for Wall Street

N23A—OPINION COLUMN

1st — Jay Evensen Deseret News Jeffs a monster

Comment: The author’s focus is consistently intact…makes his point, does it with good, clean writing that carries the reader’s interest from one graph to another.

2nd — Peg McEntee SL Tribune Unintended consequences

3rd — Terry Orme SL Tribune Closing the door

HM — Jay Evensen Deseret News Time for occupiers…

N24A—SPORTS COLUMN

1st — Kurt Kragthorpe SL Tribune Sloan was one of us

Comment: Fantastic job of capturing what it can mean to a city and state when a legend like Sloan decides to step aside.

2nd — Gordon Monson SL Tribune BYU should offer an open hand

3rd — Amy Donaldson Deseret News Olympian Jeret Peterson

HM — Mike Sorensen Deseret News Tiger Woods still has magic

N25A—HUMOR/LIFESTYLE COLUMN

1st — Scott Renshaw City Weekly The 40-year-old coffee virgin

Comment: Fun and funny column, with some history of local culture and social mores blended into the story.

2nd — Robert Kirby SL Tribune How Mormon is Too Mormon?

3rd — Ann Cannon SL Tribune Stingray attacks

N26A—HEADLINE WRITING

1st — John A. Davis SL Tribune Germain Clown Posse

2nd — Greg McElvain SL Tribune Look, a Gift Horse…

3rd — John A. Davis SL Tribune Squawking wounded

HM — Greg McElvain SL Tribune Puma cum laude

N27A—PAGE DESIGN—FRONT PAGE

1st — Kimberly Worner SL Tribune Back to Earth

Comment: The choice of art on top was great. The space shuttle image is fantastic. The page also does a great job of packing a lot of information without looking cluttered or too busy.

2nd — Kimberly Worner SL Tribune Armed Forces Bowl

3rd — Kimberly Worner SL Tribune Net Worth

N28A—PAGE DESIGN—FEATURE PAGE

1st — Blain Hefner SL Tribune Pac-12

2nd — Jenna Busey SL Tribune Measuring Stick

3rd — Jenna Busey SL Tribune Big Al

N29A—MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST

1st — Cimaron Neugebauer SL Tribune Homeowners brace for river..

Comment: Cim obviously has a great sense of how to tell a story. I enjoy how he tells it with an array of media that allows the consumer understand the full scope. He has a good grasp on all of the fractional components (video, live on-the-scene tweeting, photography). Well played. I felt the drama and tension.

2nd — Erin Alberty SL Tribune 24 hours of Occupy SLC

3rd — Brooke Adams SL Tribune Police clear occupiers

HM — Cimaron Neugebauer SL Tribune Semi drivers

NEWSPAPER DIVISION B CATEGORY

N1B—BEST NEWSPAPER REPORTER

1st — Heidi Toth Daily Herald

Comment: In a number of stories, covering a broad range of topics, Toth’s hallmark is her ability to write about real-life issues in a real-life language. She shows an ability to cover a breadth of subject matter with great skill, from hard news to community planning to human-interest pieces. 

2nd — Brian Ahern The Spectrum

N2B—BEST NEWSPAPER

1st — Daily Herald

No judge comments

2nd — The Spectrum

3rd — The Daily Universe

N3B—SPOT NEWS

1st — Jordan Carroll The Daily Universe News of Bin Laden’s death

Comment: It’s clear that the reporter acted quickly to bring local voices into a huge national story and performed well to let those voices bring the color to the piece. Good instincts and quick action made this story possible.

2nd — Jim Dalrymple Daily Herald Orem plastic surgeon

N4B—GENERAL NEWS

1st — Jim Dayrymple Daily Herald Former Hale actor

Comment: The story puts the reader in the courtroom with the sweaty, panting defendant. The conversation between the defendant and the judge tells the whole story. 

N5B—GENERAL FEATURE

1st — Doug Fox Daily Herald Utah Valley brothers….

Comment: This well-timed holiday story about two brothers who received organ transplants is heavy on details and has several nice writing touches.

2nd — Heidi Toth Daily Herald Provo printing museum

3rd — Brian Passey The Spectrum Searching for Sasquatch

N6B—CONTINUING COVERAGE

1st — Jim Dalrymple Daily Herald Ramon Somoza trial

Comment: It’s not easy to capture new details from a highly public criminal trial day after day while simultaneously keeping the coverage fresh but honoring the need to inform new readers about the background of the case. Dalrymple does so in the case.

2nd — Heidi Toth Daily Herald Steve Turley coverage

3rd — Brian Ahern The Spectrum Flood follow-up 2011

N7B—SERIES

1st — Heidi Toth Daily Herald Illegal. But now what?

Comment: This series offers an impressively comprehensive look at Utah’s role in the complex issue of illegal immigration. 

2nd — Heidi Toth/Genelle Pugmire Daily Herald Orem vision

N8B—REVIEW/CRITICISM

1st — Cody Clark Daily Herald “The Mechanic” review

Comment: The writer makes a compelling case for his opinion on the film (it’s not good) and offers sage advice to readers (don’t bother seeing it). And along the way, he offers a wittily worded send-up of not only the film at hand but also the extreme fringe of the genre it represents.

2nd — Jim Dalrymple Daily Herald Disc break: Desert noises

N9B—ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

1st — Court Mann The Daily Universe Love, sweat and tears

Comment: Mann’s review of a concert by the band Fictionist is a lesson in finding just the right details to make a point. 

2nd — Doug Fox Daily Herald There’s no place like Kansas

N10B—CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORTING

1st — Jim Dalrymple Daily Herald Strate found not guilty

Comment: A solid description of the scene at the courthouse and a thorough retelling of the events of the case. Clean and informative.

N11B—BUSINESS/CONSUMER REPORTING

1st — Lindsey Larson The Daily Universe Author employs horse

Comment: A fun and insightful look into a slice of life involving one of America’s best known brands. Lindsey’s use of the Mythbusters angle also worked well in describing the author’s promotional event.

2nd — Jim Dalrymple Daily Herald Provo restauranteur overcomes

N12B—EDUCATION REPORTING

1st — Kelly Bluth The Daily Universe Low teacher salaries

Comment: This story shines a spotlight on an important, real-life result of cuts in education spending, with strong voices representing educators who face an uphill battle.

N13B—GOVERNMENT REPORTING

1st — David DeMille The Spectrum Pipeline’s price tag

Comment: This story does a good job of explaining the issue at hand, the feelings on all sides of the issue and the reason it matters to people on a practical level. And it adds in a good feel for the history and philosophy behind people’s feelings.

N14B—MEDICAL/SCIENCE REPORTING

1st — Emma Penrod The Daily Universe Polar Bear study

Comment: The writer uses quotes well to advance the pace of the story and avoids the trap of suffocating the sources, allowing well-spoken experts to have their say. Nicely done.

2nd — Scott Kerbs The Spectrum Facing Anorexia

N15B—MILITARY REPORTING

1st — Allison Goett McCoy The Daily Universe Veterans suffer pains of war

Comment: The writer sheds light on an often-overlooked facet of the military experience and, by sharing one soldier’s tale, offers hope for those who experience troubles after having served their country.

N16B—MINORITY ISSUES REPORTING

1st — Stacie Carnley The Daily Universe Church members teach English

Comment: The writer’s touch skillfully helps the reader understand the difference in motivation.

N17B—PERSONALITY PROFILE

1st — Brooke Ward The Daily Universe Kaufusi eye system

Comment: Readers get a good sense of how family, friends and a strong will to return to the court help drive the woman’s recovery. Nicely done.

2nd — Jim Dalrymple Daily Herald Utah County defense attorney

3rd — Paul Delos Santos The Spectrum Breaking barriers

N18B—RELIGION/VALUES REPORTING

1st — Brian Passey The Spectrum And with your spirit

Comment: The Catholic church doesn’t change its ways very often, and this story covers a significant shift.

N19B—SPORTS DEADLINE

1st — David Cordero The Spectrum Thunder in the Night

Comment: It’s nice to come across a story with such originality. Great lede (bordering on boosterism, but it worked) with some fine game reporting woven into a good analysis of what the contest’s biggest plays meant.

2nd — Jason Franchuk Daily Herald Brandon Davies suspended

N20B—SPORTS NON-DEADLINE

1st — Neil Warner Daily Herald Coaching a new attitude

Comment: What makes the story stand out is what wasn’t done — the story deftly stayed away from being too sappy and it gave a complete picture without being too long. A sports story that non-sports fans could enjoy.

N21B—EDITORIAL CARTOON

1st — JJ Despain The Daily Universe Jimmer as Moses

Comment: The cartoonist captured the hysteria that briefly surrounded Jimmer-mania with a clever concept.

N22B—EDITORIAL

1st — Jim Tynen/Randy Wright Daily Herald Price controls in Utah

Comment: The editorial is argued in a way designed to be strategically persuasive to its audience. The writing is rhythmic and engaging. It’s an example of first-class commentary. 

2nd — Jim Tynen/Randy Wright Daily Herald Wrong way to choose

3rd — Todd Seifert The Spectrum Santa Clara’s woes

N23B—OPINION COLUMN

1st — Jade McDowell The Daily Universe They’re killing GRAMA

Comment: The column informs and opines for the public good, while also serving as an excellent piece of explanatory journalism. It addresses and avoids the “media-centric” criticism that surely followed its publication and performed a valuable function of the Fourth Estate.

2nd — Todd Seifert The Spectrum GOP candidates

N24B—SPORTS COLUMN

1st — Jared Lloyd Daily Herald The Jimmer-ization

Comment: The column has a clear message for readers (enjoy Jimmermania while it lasts) and forecasts how fleeting the feeling may be.

2nd — David Cordero The Spectrum Heavy hearts for Team RAW

N25B—HUMOR/LIFESTYLE COLUMN

1st — Cody Mann Daily Herald The Skinny: Twilight

Comment: This clever condensing of the Twilight films gives a knowing nod both to those who are fans of the franchise and those who are repulsed by it. And it does so without revealing which way the author leans on the issue.

N26B—HEADLINE WRITING

1st — Doug Fox Daily Herald Portfolio

Comment: The best of the bunch: “Trans phat! TSO delivers steady diet of rock opera excess”

N27B—PAGE DESIGN—FRONT PAGE

1st — Joseph Tolman Daily Herald 9/11 anniversary

Comment: Simple and clean works every time. Good photo choice, and the type-on-photo treatment is tastefully done.

2nd — Joseph Tolman Daily Herald Fourth of July

3rd — Joseph Tolman Daily Herald Literary crisis

N28B—PAGE DESIGN—FEATURE PAGE

1st — Marydalene Lawrence Daily Herald Skin Deep

Comment: Good information, presented in a clever treatment.

2nd — Marydalene Lawrence Daily Herald Shupe to Thrill

3rd — Joseph Tolman Daily Herald Out of the Ashes

NEWSPAPER DIVISION C CATEGORY

N1C—BEST NEWSPAPER REPORTER

1st — Geoff Liesik Uintah Basin Standard

2nd — Tania Navarro OKespanol

3rd — Tim Gillie Tooele Transcript

N2C—BEST NEWSPAPER

1st — Tooele Transcript-Bulletin

Comment: Best all-round package balancing hard news and features for all readers. Layout meets expectations for such a publication.

2nd — Sugarhouse Journal

3rd — In This Week

N3C—SPOT NEWS

1st — Tom Haraldsen/Caroline Kingsley The Valley Journals TRAX accident

Comment: Good, thorough reporting of all aspects of this tragedy.

2nd — Lisa Christensen Tooele Transcript Dugway lockdown

3rd — Dan Smith Utah Statesman USU grad arrested

HM — Chris Lee Utah Statesman Heroes lift car

N4C—GENERAL NEWS

1st — Tim Gillie Tooele Transcript City paid Sant

Comment: Good use of open records to hold public officials accountable.

2nd — Caroline Kingsley The Valley Journals Fourth teen pedestrian accident

3rd — Kasey Van Dyke The Signpost Snakes on campus

N5C—GENERAL FEATURE

1st — Catherine Meidell Utah Statesman A student image obsession

2nd — Cecilia Skinner OKespanol Desamparados entre manos

3rd — Meredith Kinney Utah Statesman One year later…

HM — Emma Penrod Tooele Transcript A buried legacy

N6C—CONTINUING COVERAGE

1st — Tim Gillie Tooele Transcript Redistricting

Comment: Concise and complete, well done

2nd — Andrew Kirk The Park Record Chefdance owing money

3rd — Cecilia Skinner OKespanol Se apaga una estrella Latina

HM — Caroline Kingsley The Valley Journals Neighbors suffer flooding

N7C—SERIES

1st — Lisa Christensen Tooele Transcript Wendover: Trouble and hope

Comment: Interesting and provocative narrative of a town centered on gambling.

2nd — Tania Navarro Series Monterrey OKespanol

N8C—REVIEW/CRITICISM

1st — Daisy Blake In This Week Plan B’s “Borderlands”

Comment: Informative. Exceptionally clear and concise writing. Wonderful phrases like “unflinchingly realistic” and “the conversations are like intricate dances.”

N9C—ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

1st — Missy Bird Tooele Transcript Arts festival scrapped

2nd — Amy Stewart The Valley Journals Hillcrest Laramie Project

3rd — Autumn Thatcher In This Week Twilight

HM — Caroline Kingsley The Valley Journals Schoor gallery

N10C—CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORTING

1st — Geoff Liesik Uintah Basin Standard Justice for Othea

2nd — Lisa Christensen Tooele Transcript Did Johnson take fall

3rd — Peri Kinder The Valley Journals Charges filed…missing

N11C—BUSINESS/CONSUMER REPORTING

1st — Andrew Kirk The Park Record Homeowners fight

Comment: Kirk takes a complicated topic and tells it clearly, explaining why it matters to Utahns.

2nd — Tim Gillie Tooele Transcript Racetrack shifts strategy

3rd — JM Martin The Valley Journals Living Planet Aquarium

N12C—EDUCATION REPORTING

1st — Catherine Meidell Utah Statesman USU professional school

Comment: Well researched and put together.

2nd — Reinaldo Escobar OKespanol Bilinguismo mejora

3rd — Dan Smith Utah Statesman Utah wage gap

HM — Tim Gillie Tooele Transcript Harris Elementary

N13C—GOVERNMENT REPORTING

1st — Tim Gillie Tooele Transcript Tooele council takes heat

Comment: A cautionary tale for all cities as outlined in Gillie’s piece.

2nd — Linda Petersen The Valley Journals A citizen, chickens and city hall

3rd — Reinaldo Escobar OKespanol Luz Robles

HM — Andrew Kirk The Park Record Big firms paying less

N14C—MEDICAL/SCIENCE REPORTING

1st — Sarah Miley Tooele Transcript Brave Face, Difficult Disease

2nd — Crystal Liechty The Valley Journals Girl battling rare disease

3rd — Tania Navarro OKespanol Las caras del cancer de seno

N15C—MILITARY REPORTING

1st — Dan Smith Utah Statesman USU vet cope with PTSD

Comment: A well-sourced story, lots of interviews, compelling

2nd — Lisa Christensen Tooele Transcript More mysteries at Dugway

3rd — Ron Bevan The Valley Journals Sandy soldier dies

N16C—MINORITY ISSUES REPORTING

1st — Reinaldo Escobar OKespanol Costos de la immigracion

Comment: Judging from this story and other entries, the Spanish language paper in Utah seems very strong and very necessary for a percentage of population.

2nd — Tim Gillie Tooele Transcript County bucks diversity

3rd — Cecilia Skinner OKespanol La violencia domesticatiene

N17C—PERSONALITY PROFILE

1st — Linda Petersen The Valley Journals A long journey from Ukraine

Comment: Wonderfully crafted personality feature that told a great story.

2nd — Lisa Christensen Tooele Transcript A different kind of service

3rd — Caroline Kingsley The Valley Journals Physician of the Year

N18C—RELIGION/VALUES REPORTING

1st — Raili Jacquet The Valley Journals Holladay teen instrumental…

Comment: Nicely reported and written story. Contains a lot of great detail and sources. Gives a real sense of the kids and their goals. Good use of quotes and transitions.

2nd — Sarah Miley Tooele Transcript Soldier of God

N19C—SPORTS DEADLINE

1st — Nathan Davis The Signpost Wildcats send Mac off

Comment: Loved the lead—sounds like a wonderful coach and a fitting tribute.

2nd — Megan Allen Utah Statesman Women’s basketball splits

3rd — Tavin Stucki Utah Statesman USU drops another close one

N20C—SPORTS NON-DEADLINE

1st — Meredith Kinney Utah Statesman USU lacrosse player

Comment: A compelling story of an athlete’s recovery from a horrific accident and return to the field of play.

2nd — Adam Nettina Utah Statesman Even in motherhood…

3rd — Megan Allen Utah Statesman USU ranks high in grad rate

HM — Anthony Cusumano The Valley Journals Kearns’ Newsome

N21C—EDITORIAL CARTOON

1st — John Christian Perkins Tooele Transcript County taxpayers

Comment: Makes a point clearly, with help from a little humor.

N22C—EDITORIAL

1st — Megan Allen Utah Stateman Lent not limited

Comment: Not the heaviest of topics for an editorial, but the quality of the writing set this entry apart. The writer made a compelling argument that Lent was a good time to take stock of our lives and make things less complicated, regardless of our religious beliefs.

2nd — Jeff Barrus Tooele Transcript Dugway owes more

3rd — Staff The Signpost Remembrance of 9-11

N23C—OPINION COLUMN

1st — Jewel Punzalan Allen Tooele Transcript Joke of immigration policy

N24C—SPORTS COLUMN

1st — Mark Watson Tooele Transcript Region crown…

Comment: Good analysis of what’s ahead in a local rivalry.

N25C—HUMOR/LIFESTYLE COLUMN

1st — Peri Kinder The Valley Journals Half-baked for Christmas

Comment: Irresistible turns of phrase take the reader directly into the warmth and mess of a kitchen full of fun smells and busy hands. The step-by-step is charming and light-hearted, yet full of sound advice. There is some suspense, despite a sense of the inevitable promise to do it all again one day.

2nd — Peri Kinder The Valley Journals In case of emergency

3rd — Jeff Barrus Tooele Transcript One man tweeting

HM — Steve Schwartzman Utah Statesman Bringing the girlfriend home

N26C—HEADLINE WRITING

1st — Caroline Kingsley The Valley Journals

Comment: Clever and concise headlines, well done.

N27C—PAGE DESIGN—FRONT PAGE

1st — The Utah Statesman

Comment: Great use of photos, good colors, interesting mix of headline fonts. Very informative side rail. Loved the ‘interact now’ feature. (Was a little perplexed by the people kissing in top right sky box area – it did not appear to be explained)

2nd — Tooele Transcript-Bulletin

N28C—PAGE DESIGN—FEATURE PAGE

1st — Liz Arellano Tooele Transcript Combat Operations

Comment: Great layout and sharp images made this design stand above all others.

2nd — Utah Statesman Oct. 31, 2011 issue

PHOTOJOURNALISM DIVISION A CATEGORY

P1A—BEST PHOTOGPAPHER

1ST — Jeffrey Allred Deseret News

2nd — Ravell Call Deseret News

3rd — Laura Seitz Deseret News

P2A—SPOT NEWS PHOTO

1st — Chris Detrick SL Tribune TRAX death

2nd — Djamila Grossman SL Tribune Fire

3rd — Scott Sommerdorf SL Tribune Fire Kiss

P3A—GENERAL NEWS

1st — Ravell Call Deseret News Twin Brother’s funeral

2nd — Steve Griffin SL Tribune Brooke Hopkins

3rd — Sarah Miller SL Tribune Troops

P4A—FEATURE PHOTO

1st — Al Hartmann SL Tribune Brine Flies

2nd — Chris Detrick SL Tribune Holi Festival

3rd — Tom Smart Deseret News Swept Down the River

P5A—PHOTO ESSAY

1st — Jeffrey Allred Deseret News Unbreakable

2nd — Djamila Grossman SL Tribune Military Family

3rd — Djamila Grossman SL Tribune Goshute Women

P6A—SPORTS ACTION PHOTO

1st — Tom Smart Deseret News Rodeo Action

2nd — Jeffrey Allred Deseret News Dropped ball

3rd — Brian Nicholson Deseret News BYU scuffle

P7A—SPORTS FEATURE PHOTO

1st — Scott Sommerdorf Deseret News Alta loses

2nd — Chris Detrick SL Tribune Dirty Dash

3rd — Trent Nelson SL Tribune Tour of Utah

PHOTOJOURNALISM DIVISION B CATEGORY

P1B—BEST PHOTOGPAPHER

1st — Samantha Clemens The Spectrum

2nd — Kina Wilde The Spectrum

3rd — Jud Burkett The Spectrum

P2B—SPOT NEWS PHOTO

1st — Samantha Clemens The Spectrum Drowning

2nd — Jud Burkett The Spectrum Wildfire

3rd — Kina Wilde The Spectrum Student onlookers

P3B—GENERAL NEWS

None awarded

P4B—FEATURE PHOTO

1st — Mark Johnston Daily Herald Mutton Bustin’

2nd — Samantha Clemens The Spectrum Deploy

3rd — Spenser Heaps Daily Herald Math Skills

P5B—PHOTO ESSAY

1st — Kina Wilde The Spectrum Trapping prairie dogs

P6B—SPORTS ACTION PHOTO

1st — James Roh Daily Herald Kayak

2nd — Mark Johnston Daily Herald Face Smash

3rd — James Roh Daily Herald Gnarmia

P7B—SPORTS FEATURE PHOTO

1st — Mark Johnston Daily Herald Championship

2nd — Mark Johnston Daily Herald Strong Start

PHOTOJOURNALISM DIVISION C CATEGORY

P1C—BEST PHOTOGPAPHER

1st — Maegan Burr Tooele Transcript

P2C—SPOT NEWS PHOTO

None awarded

P3C—GENERAL NEWS

1st — Brian Nicholson OKespanol Ceballos Festiva

2nd — Maegan Burr Tooele Transcript Ensign Ranch

3rd — Brian Nicholson Okespanol Reliving the Swift Raids

P4C—FEATURE PHOTO

1st — Maegan Burr Tooele Transcript Money Cow

2nd — David Newkirk SLUG Magazine Precision Builds

3rd — Chad Kirkland SLUG Magazine Cupcake social code

P5C—PHOTO ESSAY

1st — Ani Mirzakhayan Utah Statesman A day at…

P6C—SPORTS ACTION PHOTO

1st — Brian Nicholson OKespanol Real Medusa

2nd — Gage Thompson SLUG Magazine Ozzy Henning

3rd — Maegan Burr Tooele Transcript Steer wrestler

P7C—SPORTS FEATURE PHOTO

1st — Brian Nicholson OKespanol Future All-Stars

2nd — Maegan Burr Tooele Transcript One Win

3rd — Robert Hoppie So. Utah Youth Mag. En Fuego

RADIO CATEGORY

R1—BEST RADIO REPORTER

1st — Randall Jeppesen KSL

Comment: Good energy, use of sound, pacing, story-telling.

2nd — Dan Bammes KUER

3rd — Whittney Evans KCPW

HM — Jessica Gail KCPW

R2—BEST RADIO NEWSCAST

1st — KSL team KSL

Comment: Interesting news casts, compelling use of sound, good team coverage and localization of tsunami story.

R3—SPOT NEWS

1st — KSL team KSL

Comment: Excellent breaking news coverage, very descriptive reports, sounds urgent, info is comprehensive.

R4—GENERAL NEWS

1st — Dan Bammes KUER Untitled

2nd — Jessica Gail KCPW Arrests made…

3rd — Whittney Evans KCPW Occupy SLC protests

R5—GENERAL FEATURE

1st — Dan Bammes KUER Old Time Gardeners

Comment: Fun topic and interviews

2nd — Mary Richardsd KSL Dirty instruments

3rd — Jessica Gail KCPW Salt Lake City at night

R6—CONTINUING COVERAGE

1st — KSL team KSL Susan Powell coverage

Comment: Excellent comprehensive coverage on a compelling story.

R7—SERIES

1st — Ross Chambless KUER Plugging into Nature

R8—DOCUMENTARY

1st — KSL team KSL 9/11: Utah remembers

Comment: Great story telling and excellent production values.

R9—CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORTING

1st — Andrew Adams KSL Walmart investigation

Comment: Exciting pace; good investigation

2nd — Tasha Cook KUER Cops, crime and DNA

3rd — Jessica Gail KCPW UHP trooper drafts proposal

R10—BUSINESS/CONSUMER REPORTING

1st — Becky Bruce KSL Everyday radiation

Comment: Interesting, relatable topic

R11—EDUCATION REPORTING

1st — Tasha Cook KUER College Gender Gap

2nd — Mary Richards KSL Bullying

3rd — Jessica Gail KCPW Summer jobs hard to find

R12—GOVERNMENT REPORTING

1st — Jessica Gail KCPW Herbert tours flooded Weber

Comment: Good storytelling and sound

2nd — Dan Bammes KUER Coal mine

3rd — Jenny Brundin KUER Immigration

R13—MILITARY REPORTING

1st — Dan Bammes KUER Remembering Jason Workman

R14—MINORITY ISSUES REPORTING

1st — Whittney Evans KCPW The List

Comment: Interesting and compelling

2nd — Dan Bammes KUER Sheriff seeks agreement

R15—PERSONALITY PROFILE

1st — Jessica Gail KCPW Shurtleff talks about cancer

Comment: Compelling topic and reporting

R16—SPORTS REPORTING—DEADLINE

1st — Randall Jeppesen KSL Who is Wofford?

R17—SPORTS REPORTING—NON-DEADLINE

1st — Andrews Adams KSL Life without Jimmer

Comment: Very clever, fun story

R18—PUBLIC AFFAIRS/TALK SHOW

1st — Radio West KUER Barefoot running

Comment: The most interesting topic with a fantastic intro and compelling talk throughout. The idea of an industry based on dismantling an industry that is designed to help us do the most natural thing we do was fascinating. Well produced, researched, and a great conversation.

2nd — Jennifer Napier-Pearce KCPW Questioning Leadership

3rd — Jeff Robinson KCPW Justice in the U.S.

R19—BEST USE OF SOUND

1st — Randall Jeppesen KSL BYU Bell Tower

Comment: Fun story with lots of sound.

2nd — Dan Bammes KUER Reporter Goes to Jail

R20—MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST

1st — Randall Jeppesen KSL

Comment: The video was a crucial element to the story along with the photo gallery that really went beyond the article and told the story of a unique experience at BYU. Excellent production and use of video, still photography, and the written reporting.

TELEVISION CATEGORY

T1-BEST TV REPORTER

1st — Chris Vanocur ABC4

Comment: Very creative way to present stories that showed viewers this guy was going to get the information despite government stubbornness.

2nd — Alex Cabrero KSL

3rd — Jennifer Stagg KSL

HM — Ben Winslow Fox 13

T2—BEST TV NEWSCAST

1st — KSL 5 News December 7, 2011 newscast

T3—SPOT NEWS

1st — Alex Cabrero KSL Huntsville wind damage

Comment: This was an excellent example of storytelling. Great interactive standup, nice use of nat sound and good lighting, and great way to tell this story.

2nd — KSL team KSL Dec. 1 wind storm

3rd — Brian Carlson ABC4 Fire destroys Layton home

HM — Shara Park KSL High winds cause property damage

T4—GENERAL NEWS

1st — Jennifer Stagg KSL Rising above the ashes

Comment: Great storytelling. The story had a lot of surprises. Wonderful writing and video, and very memorable

2nd — Alex Cabrero KSL Lehi police chief a hero

3rd — Alex Cabrero KSL Homeless children

HM — Ben Winslow Fox 13 FLDS foster homes

T5—GENERAL FEATURE

1st — Brian Carlson ABC4 Stolen and stripped cars

Comment: Excellent production—well produced with good editing and information. Fun and definitely different

2nd — Mike Anderson KSL Young soccer player

3rd — Carla Robers Pruitt KUTV Adopted from Russia

HM — Brian Carlson ABC4 U.S. skeleton team

T6—CONTINUING COVERAGE

1st — KSL team KSL Susan Powell: Missing mother

2nd — Ben Winslow Fox 13 Susan Powell searches

T7—SERIES

1st — Jennifer Stagg KSL Mental Health Court

Comment: Very well done. Her use of nat sound throughout the pieces brought us into the courtroom with her. Great asset to the subject matter, and story was a great service to the community.

2nd — Carla Roberts Pruitt KUTV Road Trippin’

T8—DOCUMENTARY

1st — Nancy Green KUED Freedom’s promise

Comment: Excellent. It is obvious many hours of hard work went into this piece. Photography was exceptional, and story wonderfully told!

2nd — Carole Mikita KSL An Army of Faith

T9—CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORTING

1st — Ben Winslow Fox 13 The Jeffs Tapes

Comment: Great job of sifting through evidence to find the sound to tell a compelling story.

2nd — Lori Prichard KSL Prosecuting sex crimes

3rd — Ben Winslow Fox 13 Tim DeChristopher sentencing

T10—BUSINESS/CONSUMER REPORTING

1st — Lori Prichard KSL Layton man files lawsuit

Comment: Good job putting the story together. You really felt for the subject of the story.

T11—EDUCATION REPORTING

1st — Lori Prichard KSL State says Canyon District…

Comment: Very thorough and well assembled story. Easy to understand the issues.

T12—GOVERNMENT REPORTING

1st — Lori Prichard KSL Critics

Comment: Great job uncovering a system that appears out of control

2nd — Chris Vanocur ABC4 Oops!

3rd — Chris Vanocur ABC4 Governor refuses…

T13—MILITARY REPORTING

1st — Jennifer Stagg KSL A true American

Comment: Great job of allowing the subject to tell his emotional story. Well shot and put together.

2nd — Alex Cabrero KSL Artillery training

3rd — Alex Cabrero KSL Soldier finally home

T14—MINORITY ISSUES REPORTING

1st — Antonio Lujan KTVX Illegal undercover

Comment: A unique perspective from day laborers. Great job.

T15—PERSONALITY PROFILE

1st — Ben Winslow Fox 13 Modeling for Jesus

Comment: Loved this story. I felt like I got to know both the model and the artist. Inspiring and great writing.

2nd — Jennifer Stagg KSL Defying the Odds

CATEGORIES T16-T19

No entries this year

T-20—MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST

1st — Ben Winslow Fox 13 DeChristopher hearing and various clips

Comment: Great multimedia package. Solid TV reporting, solid video production and editing for fast paced, exciting news. Professional coverage with many ways to consume the news.

2nd — Mike Anderson KSL Warren Levee breach

VIDEOGRAPHY CATEGORY

V1—BEST VIDEOGRAPHER

1st — Darren McQuade ABC 4/KTVX

Comment: Showed consistency in his photography skills in all five stories. He knows how to effectively use the NPPA style of photography, paying attention to sequencing, tight shots, natural sound, well-lit and framed.

V2—SPOT NEWS

1st — Darren McQuade ABC 4/KTVX Utah Street Tracing

Comment: Nice effort to shoot steady shots and close-ups in an uncontrolled setting. Great effort at getting interviews from the racers.

V3—SPORTS

1st — Brian Baade/Brian Forwood SLUG Magazine Summer of Death

2nd — Richard Teasdale Daily Herald Cougarblue Basketball

V4—FEATURE

1st — Richard Teasdale Daily Herald AF Strongmans Club

Comment: Good variety of camera angles, nice framing, especially showing juxtaposition of raw power. Makes viewer feel tired—in a good way.

2nd — Darren McQuade ABC4/KTVX Paranormal Activity

3rd — Rick Egan SL Tribune Summer Skiing

WEB CATEGORY

W1—BEST NEWS-ORIENTED WEBSITE

1st — Salt Lake Tribune

Comments: A well-organized and easily navigated homepage with interesting local news stories and photos. Enjoyed the blogs.

2nd — Salt Lake Tribune Preps

3rd — City Weekly.net

HM — Weber State Signpost

W2—BEST OVERALL BLOG

1st — Colin Wolf City Weekly The Secret Handshake

Comments: This blog is all personality. It’s hilarious, has great content, is creative and conversational. 

2nd — Gavin Sheehan City Weekly Gavin’s Underground

3rd — Trent Nelson SL Tribune Fly on the Wall

HM — Peggy Fletcher Stack SL Tribune Following Faith

W3—BEST SINGLE BLOG POST

1st — Colin Wolf City Weekly The Secret Handshake

Comment: Wolf had the winning combo of engaging writing and multimedia aspects woven through the story to move along the narrative.

2nd — Sean Means SL Tribune Utah filmmaker finds…

3rd — Jared Whitley Utah Policy Changing face of media

W4—BEST PODCAST (VIDEO OR AUDIO)

1st — SLUG Magazine Soundwaves from the underground

Comment: Good use of audio—sounds, voices and music—to weave an interesting narrative. Compelling editing

2nd — Cimaron Neugebauer SL Tribune Utah mother recovers

3rd — Kim McDaniel/Scott Sherman SL Tribune Three questions

W5—BEST MULTI MEDIA ONLINE

1st — Djamila Grossman SL Tribune Four generations of Goshute

Comment: Grossman combined photos, video and audio to create a compelling in-depth look at a family of Goshute women. Solid reporting.

2nd — Daily Herald staff Photos of the Year

3rd — Rick Egan SL Tribune What’s Killing Our Nation’s Forests

W6—BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

1st — KSL Interactive KSL

Comment: Asked live questions on its Facebook page during a report on memory/brain function. It elevated the story and truly made it “interactive.”

2nd — Ben Winslow Fox 13

3rd — Pinterest page SL Tribune


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