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Valley Times wins General Excellence award from Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association

The award signifies the Valley Times as best in its category

Beaverton Valley Times Sports Editor Matt Singledecker won first place in the Best Sports Story category in the recently awarded Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest for his story about Beaverton High grad Shaunta Jackson surving the Umpqua Community College shooting.

Not to be Trumpish, but the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association just handed out awards from its 2016 Better Newspaper Contest, and, well, they were “huge.”

The Beaverton Valley Times won first place for General Excellence in the Class E circulation division — the biggest award in its category — for newspapers produced during the 2015 calendar year.

The Valley Times, along with the other newspapers in its circulation category, was judged in the General Excellence category on the following criteria:

“Judging will be based on general and departmental news; reproduction excellence; advertising enterprise; editorial comment; general appearance, makeup and style; photos and graphics; and thoroughness of local coverage.”The Beaverton Valley Times won first place in the General Excellence category in the recently awarded Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest.

"The General Excellence award is definitely one we shoot for every year," said Valley Times Editor Miles Vance. "It really points to the overall success of our newspaper, from news and sports writing to photography to layout to advertising — everyone has a hand in this award."

There was more good news for — and from — the Valley Times, too. Sports Editor Matt Singledecker was a two-time award-winner, winning first place in the Best Sports Story competition for “Surviving a Nightmare” (about former Beaverton High School basketball player Shaunta Jackson surviving the shooting at Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1 of 2015), and taking second in the Best Sports Photo competition for “Beaverton baseball” (showing a celebration following Beaverton's win over Westview).

Another first-place winner was reporter Eric Apalategui; he topped the field in the Best Writing competition, winning first place for his story “Making Music, Making Memories” about a local choir and its work with Alzheimer's Disease patients.

And finally, designer Keith Sheffield grabbed third place in the Best Page One Design category for his work on the March 12, 2015, issue of the Valley Times. It featured a large, wide-angle shot of the future high school site on South Cooper Mountain and stories on the cost of Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District trails, medical marijuana and more.

The Valley Times' sister paper, The Times serving Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood — the two papers share newsroom, management and reporting resources — won another eight awards in the 2016 Better Newspapers Contest.