Oregon Daily Wins 16 Better Newspaper Awards

By: E&P Staff

The Daily Astorian of Astoria, Ore., won 16 awards and six first-place trophies July 18 at the Better Newspapers Contest during the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual convention.

The awards were given in honor of work published in 2007. The Astorian competed against other newspapers in the under-10,000 circulation category.

The first-place awards were as follows: Reporter Cassandra Profita won two, including the best writing category for a portfolio of three stories. She also won the award for best educational writing for her story about a class at Astoria High School that taught students how fish were prepared for human consumption.

Profita also won a second-place award for enterprise reporting for her three-part series on the Port of Astoria’s financial troubles.

The enterprise reporting category was won by reporter Tom Bennett, for a package of stories and photos on his second trip to Afghanistan to cover the mission of the Oregon National Guard.

Photographer Alex Pajunas won the photopage category for photos of people protesting a proposed liquefied natural gas plant, while Daily Astorian Editor/Publisher Steve Forrester won first place for editorial writing.

The other first-place award was won by Kathleen Strecker, editor of the paper’s Coast Weekend section, who won the headline-writing category.

In addition to The Astorian’s haul of first-place awards, the paper won three second-place and seven third-place awards in categories including sports photography, special sections, and religion writing.

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