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Review wins prize for General Excellence

Newspaper publishers group honors staff with 11 awards for writing, photography and design


The Lake Oswego Review won first place for General Excellence and staff members were honored with 11 awards for writing, photography and design Friday, making the paper one of the big winners in this year’s Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest.

The General Excellence prize is the highest award presented to an Oregon newspaper and exemplifies the best overall example of journalism in the state.

“This is a tremendous achievement by our staff,” said Publisher J. Brian Monihan. “Everyone works very hard each week to produce the best newspaper possible for our community. To be recognized by your peers as one of the best newspapers in Oregon is very humbling.”

The Review competed against other weekly newspapers of similar circulation size, but reporter Saundra Sorenson was honored in a category that included every Oregon newspaper. “The Battle of Hallinan Heights,” Sorenson’s story about the controversy surrounding development in a Lake Oswego neighborhood, won third place in Best Story of the Year.

Several Review staffers won multiple awards.

Reporter Jillian Daley won first place in Best General Feature Story for “Arrested on 35th Place,” second place in Best Educational Coverage for “Investigation finds evidence of hazing on Lakeridge High dance team” and second place in Best Sports Story for “Lakeridge football: a change in attitude.”

Reporter Barb Randall won first place in Best Local Column for “What Happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” "Sight of Crab Pot’s charred remains hits hard” and “Getting to know Grandpa”; second place in Best Local Column for “Food insecurity extreme among college students,” Retirement changes the world” and “Trends for 2015 include sipping bone broth”; and third place in Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues for “Kelly Mooney creates senior photos with style.”

Photographer Vern Uyetake earned second place in Best Photo Essay for “The City of Art/Loads of Fun for Everybody” and third place in Best Feature Photo for “Down but not out.”

Randall and Uyetake also won multiple awards for work that appeared in the West Linn Tidings, one of The Review's sister papers in the Pamplin Media Group.

Review Editor Gary M. Stein won second place in Best Editorial for two editorials on the Wizer Block and an endorsement editorial on the city council election, and designer Mikel Kelly won third place for Best Page One Design.

Pamplin Media Group as a whole won 106 ONPA awards, including General Excellence nods for the Gresham Outlook, Tigard/Tualatin Times, West Linn Tidings, Sandy Post and Estacada News. Special sections that were included in The Review — including a tribute to World War II veterans, a celebration of Marcus Mariota’s Heisman Trophy win, profiles of the area’s “Amazing Kids” and the glossy Perspective magazine — also were honored by the ONPA.

This year’s contest was judged by the Virginia Press Association.

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