Paper takes home nine awards this year from ONPA

The Lake Oswego Review was judged the second-best weekly newspaper for its circulation category in the state by judges for the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest, 2013.

The contest winners were named last week at the annual ONPA convention in Bend.

The Review placed second in general excellence behind the Polk County Itemizer-Observer. The general excellence award recognizes a newspaper for its many attributes including news coverage, advertising, photography, design and thoroughness of local coverage.

Awards were given for items published during 2012. Volunteer staff from member newspapers of the Utah Press Association judged the contest.

“It was another outstanding year for our Review team,” said Managing Editor Martin Forbes. “Our group works hard and it’s nice to be recognized.”

Altogether, the Review received nine awards, including:

First place

  • Best Educational Coverage: “Learning the Google Way” by Barb Randall

  • Best Local Column: “Daisy Wilma will be missed,” “The challenge of the cherpumple” and “Latke 101 lesson” by Randall

    Second place

  • Best Special Section or Issue: “Perspective: Untold Stories”

  • Best Feature Story: Personality: “Homegrown mermaid” by Cliff Newell

  • Best Sports Photo: “Lake Oswego’s Jason Luhnow goes for the steal” by Vern Uyetake

    Third place

  • Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues: “Coffee Clash” by Kara Hansen Murphey

  • Best Headline Writing: “Coffee Clash,” “Downtown LO: Land of beige?,” “Road to ruin,” “Bakery’s closing is bittersweet,” “Swarms of gold,” “Serial suer jumps into lake access case” by Hansen Murphey

  • Best Photo Essay: “Second place again” by Uyetake

    The Review’s sister newspaper, the West Linn Tidings, was honored with 12 awards in its size category, including first place in general excellence. The Tidings also won first place for best front page design, best special section (Perspective), best website design and second place for best overall website.

    Tidings Editor Lori Hall won first place for best coverage of business and economic issues, third place for best educational coverage, second place for best general feature story and third place for best writing.

    Randall swept the best local column category, taking first, second and third.

    Overall, the Pamplin Media Group garnered more than 100 awards for news writing, newspaper design, photography and advertising excellence. As a company, Pamplin newspapers won six awards of general excellence.

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