AP, ‘Washington Post’ Collect Handful Of SPJ Awards

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By: E&P Staff

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced the winners of its 2007 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism Monday, with The Associated Press, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times among the multiple winners.

SPJ said the winners in 48 categories were chosen from more than 1,000 entries this year.

The awards, which recognize work published in 2007, will be presented July 11 during the annual Sigma Delta Chi Awards banquet at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The following are 2007 Sigma Delta Chi winners in newspaper-related categories:

Newspaper/Wire Services

Deadline Reporting (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination,” Staff, The Associated Press, New York

Deadline Reporting (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Courageous,” Staff, The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C.

Non-Deadline Reporting (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“Chemical Fallout,” Susanne Rust, Meg Kissinger & Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee

Non-Deadline Reporting (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Sofa Super Store Fire,” Staff, The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C.

Investigative Reporting (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“American Imports, Chinese Deaths,” Loretta Tofani, The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City

Investigative Reporting (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Child Care Nightmare,” Erin Middlewood & Stephanie Rice, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.

Feature Writing (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“The Beekeepers,” Louise Kiernan, Chicago Tribune

Feature Writing (circulation of less than 100,000)
“The Caged Life,” Alan Prendergast, Westword, Denver, Colo.

Editorial Writing
“For I Was Hungry,” Naomi Schalit, Kennebec Journal, Augusta, Maine

Washington Correspondence
“Interrogation Secrets,” David Johnston, Mark Mazzetti, James Risen & Scott Shane, The New York Times

Foreign Correspondence
“Zimbabwe’s Pain,” Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times

General Column Writing
“Column Collection,” Bob Dyer, Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio

Sports Column Writing
“Sports Columns,” Jim Litke, The Associated Press, New York

Public Service Circulation (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“Beyond Walter Reed,” Staff, The Washington Post

Public Service Circulation (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Elder Abuse: A Silent Shame,” Staff, Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wis.


Magazine Writing
“Pearls Before Breakfast,” Gene Weingarten, The Washington Post Magazine

Public Service in Magazine Journalism
“Healthcare Crisis,” Staff, Consumer Reports, Yonkers, N.Y.

Magazine Investigative Reporting
“Poverty Series,” Brian Grown, Keith Epstein, Robert Berner & Geri Smith, BusinessWeek, New York


Photography Spot News
“The Assassination of Benazir Bhutto,” John Moore, Getty Images, New York

Photography Features
“The Bottom Line,” Mona Reeder, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas

Photography Sports
“Stanley Cup: A day with hockey’s holy grail,” Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Time

Editorial Cartooning
“2007 Cartoons,” Michael Ramirez, Investor’s Business Daily, Los Angeles

Informational Graphics
“The Southern California Wildfires,” Staff, Los Angeles Times


Research about Journalism
“From Ink to Paper to the Internet,” Jerome Aumente, New Jersey Press Association, West Trenton, N.J.

Online Reporting

Deadline Reporting (affiliated)
“Path of Destruction: Central Florida Storms,” Clarisa Gerlach & Staffs, TBO.com, WFLA and The Tampa Tribune

Deadline Reporting (independent)
“Fed Alert: Breaking Fed News,” Staff, Bankrate.com, North Palm Beach, Fla.

Non-Deadline Reporting (affiliated)
“Mormonism in America,” Jason Szep, Reuters, Boston

Non-Deadline Reporting (independent)
“Wasting Away: Superfund’s Toxic Legacy,” Staff, The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.

Investigative Reporting (affiliated)
“Cause for Alarm,” Bill Dedman, MSNBC.com, Redmond, Wash.

Investigative Reporting (independent)
“Collateral Damage: Human Rights and U.S. Military Aid Before and After 9/11,” Staff, The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists at The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.

Public Service in Online Journalism (affiliated)
“Faces of TYC,” Staff, The Dallas Morning News

Public Service in Online Journalism (independent)
“States of Disclosure: Tracking the private interests of public officials,” Staff, The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.

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