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Tidings staff takes honors in Society of Professional Journalists contest

Two West Linn Tidings staff members were honored by the Society of Professional Journalists at its annual awards banquet held over the weekend.

Tidings Editor Nicole DeCosta and Tidings Assistant Editor Kara Hansen Murphey were both winners in the Oregon and Southwest Washington SPJ awards banquet celebrating work completed in 2010's Tidings.

DeCosta earned a second place award for best page one design of the Tidings.

'Designing the Tidings' front page each week is always a creative challenge,' DeCosta said, 'to balance the hard news stories and feature stories. It's very worthwhile, though, to be recognized. And it's fun sharing the stories of the people in West Linn.'

Hansen Murphey won two second place awards - one for best spot news coverage for her story 'One Tough Mother' about the attempted kidnapping of West Linn resident Gert Boyle.

The other honor was for best environmental coverage for a story she wrote for the Tidings' sister newspaper, the Lake Oswego Review, called 'From Fork to Farm' - about the city of Lake Oswego's plan to divert commercial food waste to compost.

Tidings staff competed against other non-daily newspapers in Oregon and Southwest Washington with a circulations below 8,000.