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Tidings, Review win SPJ honors

The Lake Oswego Review and West Linn Tidings won numerous awards in the 2007 Non-daily Journalism Contest hosted by the Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Awards were announced at the chapter's banquet, held May 31.

In open competition between non-daily papers of all sizes, Rebecca Mayer, education reporter for the Lake Oswego Review, won an honorable mention in the Arts and Criticism category for her piece 'Piece process: Arab and Israeli artists exhibit in Hillsboro.' She reported the story for the Forest Grove News-Times.

Lake Oswego Review reporter Lee van der Voo, also won a third place prize for Investigative Reporting in open competition between non-daily papers with the story 'Citations, injuries pile up at the Pearl.'

The West Linn Tidings and editor Dan Itel won a third place prize for General Excellence among newspapers with a circulation of less than 8,000.

And West Linn Tidings reporter Nicole DeCosta, who also reports for the Homes section in both the Review and the Tidings, won three awards.

DeCosta received a third place prize in open competition for reporting on Food and Consumer Issues with the story 'Me and my garden.'

She also won first in the News Feature category with 'A mother's gift' and a third place prize in the General Features category for the story 'The case of West Linn's mysterious dog swap,' both in competition for newspapers with a circulation of 8,000 or less.