SPJ Names Winners of 2006 Journalism Excellence Awards

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By: E&P Staff

The Society of Professional Journalists has announced the winners for 2006 of the Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism. The entries were selected from among 1,200 entries in 49 different categories, and the awards will be presented in Washington D.C. in July.

“These awards represent the best of American journalism,” SPJ President Christine Tatum said in a written statement. “In an age when it is increasingly difficult to differentiate between fact and opinion and news and entertainment, the outstanding work of these journalists is a powerful reminder of the importance of ethical and responsible news gathering that is of true public service. This award winning work is what all journalists should strive to deliver every day.”

A list of the newspaper and online winners is below. For a full list of the winners (including the television, radio, and graphics categories) click here.

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Newspaper/Wire Services

Deadline Reporting (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“A World Apart, Shattered,” Staff, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pa.

Deadline Reporting (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Man charged in grisly killings,” David Hench, Gregory Kesich, Trevor Maxwell and Beth Quimby, Portland Press Herald, Portland, Maine

Non-Deadline Reporting (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“Broken Ground: The Hole in the City’s Heart,” Deborah Sontag, The New York Times, New York

Non-Deadline Reporting (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Nuevo Laredo,” Sara A. Carter, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Ontario, Calif.

Investigative Reporting (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“House of Lies,” Debbie Cenziper, The Miami Herald, Miami

Investigative Reporting (circulation of less than 100,000)
“District let years of misconduct slide,” Ryan Gabrielson, East Valley Tribune, Mesa, Ariz.

Feature Writing (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“The Old Oak of Matthews.” Elizabeth Leland, The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, N.C.

Feature Writing (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Still Lisa,” Lois M. Collins and Elaine Jarvik, Deseret Morning News, Salt Lake City

Editorial Writing
“California’s Dysfunctional Foster-Care System,” John Diaz, Pati Poblete and Callie Millner, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco

Washington Correspondence
“NSA Coverage,” Siobhan Gorman, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore

Foreign Correspondence
“China’s Great Grab,” Evan Osnos, Chicago Tribune, Chicago

General Column Writing
“Column Collection,” Chris Rose, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans

Sports Column Writing
“Sports Columns,” Geoff Calkins, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.

Public Service Circulation (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“Debtors’ Hell,” Boston Globe Spotlight Team, The Boston Globe, Boston

Public Service Circulation (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Enough: Dying on the streets of San Bernardino,” Staff, The Sun, San Bernardino, Calif.


Online Reporting

Deadline Reporting (affiliated)
“Initial reports say plane made downward spiral before crash,” Leah Betancourt, KCCI.com, Des Monies, Iowa.

Deadline Reporting (independent)
“CDC: Everyone to get HIV test,” Daniel DeNoon, Louise Chang, M.D. and Sean Swint, WebMD, Atlanta

Non-Deadline Reporting (affiliated)
“The Lifeline,” Staff , Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles

Non-Deadline Reporting (independent)
“Divine Intervention: U.S. AIDS Policy Abroad,” Staff , International Consortium of Investigative Reporters at The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.

Investigative Reporting (affiliated)
“Colleges Play, Public Pays,” Mark Alesia, The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis

Investigative Reporting (independent)
“Affordable No More,” Andrew Donohue, VoiceofSanDeigo.com, San Diego

Public Service in Online Journalism (affiliated)
“AIDS Orphans,” Staff, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Public Service in Online Journalism (independent)
“Profits vs. Patients: CR Investigates Nursing Homes,” Staff, Consumer Reports, Yonkers, N.Y.

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