Overseas Press Club Announces Awards, New Record of Injured Journos

By: E&P Staff

The Los Angeles Times was the top award winner of this year’s Overseas Press Club Awards, with newspapers from Times parent Tribune Company scored a total of six awards. The competition honors the best in international journalism each year. The organization also announced the creation of a record of journalists injured in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The staff of the Los Angeles Times’ coverage in both Iraq and Afghanistan won the award for best newspaper reporting abroad. The paper’s “The New Foreign Aid” also won for best business reporting abroad; “its series “Altered Oceans” took the prize for best Web coverage of international affairs; and the paper’s photographer Kristen Ashburn won the prize for best photographic reporting for her series on AIDS in Africa called “The African Scourge.”

Other papers with multiple prize-winners included The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, which both took two awards.

“The 21 OPC winners are inspiring examples of the courage and creativity you will find in our profession,” said OPC President Marshall Loeb in a written statement. “Their stories and pictures are both great journalism and a great service to the public.”

The OPC also said it would create a list of the journalists wounded covering the fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan. While several press associations keep running tallies of working journalists killed each year, the group says there is only fragmentary records of how many journalists survive non-fatal injuries in the course of their reporting.

“Many journalists have made the ultimate sacrifice in covering war,” said Loeb. “But it’s important that we acknowledge those women and men injured as well because they are part of war?s human toll.”

2007 OPC award winners in the newspaper categories are below.

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Newspaper and wire sources

THE HAL BOYLE AWARD
Best newspaper or wire service reporting from abroad
LOS ANGELES TIMES STAFF, “Coverage of the War on Two Fronts”

THE BOB CONSIDINE AWARD
Best newspaper or wire service interpretation of international affairs
PAUL SALOPEK, Chicago Tribune, “A Tank of Gas, A World of Trouble”

THE MALCOLM FORBES AWARD
Best business reporting from abroad in newspapers or wire services
LOS ANGELES TIMES STAFF, “The New Foreign Aid”

THE MADELINE DANE ROSS AWARD
Best international reporting in the print medium showing a concern or the human condition
CELIA W. DUGGER and DONALD G. McNEIL JR., The New York Times, “Diseases on the Brink”

THE WHITMAN BASSOW AWARD
Best reporting in any medium on international environmental issues
EVAN OSNOS, Chicago Tribune, “The Price We Pay for China’s Boom”

THE JOE and LAURIE DINE AWARD
Best international reporting in a print medium dealing with human rights
STEPHEN GREY, St. Martin’s Press, “Ghost Plane: The True Story of a CIA Torture Program”


Cartoons

THE THOMAS NAST AWARD
Best cartoons on international affairs
SIGNE WILKINSON, Philadelphia Daily News


Photography

THE ROBERT CAPA GOLD MEDAL AWARD
Best published photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise
PAOLO PELLEGRIN, Magnum for Newsweek, “True Pain: Israel & Hizbullah”

THE OLIVIER REBBOT AWARD
Best photographic reporting from abroad in magazines and books
Q. SAKAMAKI, Newsweek, “Sri Lanka: War Without End”

THE JOHN FABER AWARD
Best photographic reporting from abroad in newspapers and wire services
KRISTEN ASHBURN, Contact Press Images–Los Angeles Times, “The African Scourge”

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
Best feature photography published in any medium on an international theme
FARAH NOSH, Getty Images–Time, “The Other Side of War”


Web sources

THE WEBSITE AWARD
Best web coverage of international affairs
LOS ANGELES TIMES STAFF, “Altered Oceans”

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