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State publishers association honors Review with 15 awards

The Lake Oswego Review won 15 awards last week at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association's 2011 Better Newspaper Contest.

The contest, which covered reporting, photography and design from 2010, was held at the ONPA Summer Publishers Convention, July 14 and 15 at Salishan in Gleneden Beach.

The Review took six first-place honors, five second places and four third places. The newspaper competes in circulation group E, which represents the largest once-a-week newspapers in Oregon with circulations of 3,501 and more.

'I'm very proud of the Review staff for the exceptional job they've done in covering the community,' said J. Brian Monihan, Lake Oswego Review publisher. 'Every week our staff works very hard to put out the best newspaper possible. Receiving this many awards from our peers validates our entire staff's hard work.'

For his part, Monihan, publisher of both the Lake Oswego Review and the West Linn Tidings was named president of the ONPA for 2011-2012 year. Monihan will lead the ONPA board for the coming year in its 'efforts to help newspapers throughout Oregon maintain their strength as the most dominant media in the state.'

Here's a breakdown of the Review's honors - judging was done by members of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association:

FIRST PLACE

Best Special Section or Issue

Reporters Linda Hundhammer and Claire Oliver for The Chronicles of Lake Oswego, 1910-2010, with primary design by Dan Adams and cover design by Cheryl Douglass.

Best Editorial Page

Editor Martin Forbes based on three Review editorial pages from 2010 selected at random.

Best Spot News Coverage

Reporter Kara Hansen Murphey's Sept. 16, 2010, story titled, 'LO bicyclists find injured motorist.'

Best Feature Photo

Photographer Vern Uyetake's April 1, 2010, photo of Lakeridge High School's Kent Jenkins' dream to be a Blue Man in a photo essay titled 'Pipe Dreams?'

Best Photo Essay

Photographer Vern Uyetake's June 17, 2010, photo essay on the high school graduations at Lake Oswego and Lakeridge high schools titled 'Congratulations, class of 2010.'

Best overall web site

Staff award headed by Barb Randall who maintains the Review's website, along with Alvaro Fontan, webmaster, who designed the site, and Kevin Harden, who updates portions of the site.

SECOND PLACE

Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues

Reporter Rebecca Randall for her Jan. 21, 2010, story titled 'Piecing together a future: A public-private partnership.'

Best Educational Coverage

Reporter Rebecca Randall for her Aug. 5, 2010, story titled 'Development is the answer.'

Best Lifestyle Coverage

Reporter Kara Hansen Murphey's Oct. 28, 2010, story titled 'From fork to farm: City may OK plan diverting commercial food waste to compost.'

Best Photo Essay

Photographer Vern Uyetake's May 13, 2010, photo essay titled 'Sun shines on 2010 Lake Run: More than 2,000 runners compete in this year's event, making it the largest in recent years.'

Best Sports Photo

Photographer Vern Uyetake's April 22, 2010, photo of Lakeridge High School's Marcus Jensen tagging out Lake Oswego High School's Michael Stroble during the first of two Civil War baseball games.

THIRD PLACE

Best Enterprise Reporting

Reporter Rebecca Randall for her story titled 'There's a water fight on the Clackamas River.'

Best Writing

Reporter Rebecca Randall for her series of stories during the year titled 'Development is the answer,' 'How are they smart?' and 'Piece by Piece.'

Best Page One Design

Editor Martin Forbes and photographer Vern Uyetake based on three Review front pages selected at random.

Best Graphics

Photographer Vern Uyetake's Jan. 21, 2010, graphic titled 'Lake Oswego's Economic Development Puzzle from the story titled 'Piecing together a future: A public-private partnership.'

In addition, the Review's sister newspaper the West Linn Tidings, which competes in Circulation Group F for once-a-week newspapers of 3,500 or less circulation, won 12 ONPA awards. Many members of the Review and Tidings work for both newspapers.

Tidings' honors include first place General Excellence, sweepstakes award among all weeklies and the best writing award for feature writer Cliff Newell. Specific honors include:

FIRST PLACE: General Excellence, Best Writing, Best Page One Design, Best Feature Photo, Best Photo Essay

SECOND PLACE: Best Educat-ional Coverage, Best overall web site

THIRD PLACE: Best Special Section or Issue, Best Writing, Best Graphics, Best Photo Essay

Also, other members of the Pamplin Media Group (Community Newspapers and the Portland Tribune) did well at two ONPA contests held last week.

Other members of

Community Newspapers

Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association's Better Newspaper

contest

Beaverton Valley Times

FIRST PLACE: Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues, Best Sports Photo

SECOND PLACE: Best Local Column, Best Page One Design, Best Graphics, Best News Photo

THIRD PLACE: Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues, Best Feature Story: Personality, Best Lifestyle Coverage, Best web project

News-Times (Forest Grove)

FIRST PLACE: Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues, Best Educational Coverage, Best Local Column

SECOND PLACE: Best Special Section or Issue, Best Sports Photo

THIRD PLACE: Best Feature Story: General, Best Sports Story, Best Page One Design

The Outlook (Gresham)

FIRST PLACE: Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues, Best Local Column, Best Spot News Coverage, Best Page One Design

SECOND PLACE: Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues, Best Editorial, Best Editorial Page, Best Educational Coverage, Best Enterprise Reporting, Best Lifestyle Coverage

THIRD PLACE: Best Editorial, Best Educational Coverage, Best Feature Story: Personality, Best Headline Writing, Best News Photo, Best overall web site

The Sandy Post

FIRST PLACE: Best Editorial Page, Best Lifestyle Coverage

SECOND PLACE: Best Page One Design

The South County Spotlight (Scappoose)

FIRST PLACE: Best Editorial, Best Educational Coverage, Best Headline Writing

SECOND PLACE: Best Feature Story: General, Best Headline Writing, Best Writing, Best Feature Photo

THIRD PLACE: General Excellence, Best Educational Coverage, Best Feature Story: General

The Times (Tigard)

FIRST PLACE: Best Sports Story, Best Page One Design

SECOND PLACE: General Excellence, Best web project

THIRD PLACE: Best Feature Photo, Best News Photo

Associate members from Pamplin Media Group

Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association's Associate Member's Newspaper Contest

Portland Tribune

FIRST PLACE: Photography, Writing, Design and Sweepstakes award

SECOND PLACE: Photography, Writing