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Lake Oswego Review wins 19 awards for writing, photography, editing and design

Honors from newspaper publishers' group include General Excellence and Best Story of the Year

Review photographer Vern Uyetake won second place in the Best News Photo category for this image of celebrants at the 2015 Evening of Hope.The Lake Oswego Review won third place for General Excellence and staff members were honored with 18 awards for writing, editing, 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 for most of the awards, but reporter Jillian Daley was honored in a category that included every Oregon newspaper. “Dancer’s mom confirms details of alleged hazing,” part of Daley’s early and extensive coverage of hazing allegations on the Lakeridge High School dance team, won second place in Best Story of the Year.

Here’s the complete list of awards:

General Excellence: Third Place ( (Two other Pamplin Media Group papers, the Beaverton Valley Times and the Forest Grove News-Times, finished first and second.)

Best Special Section: Second place, Clackamas County Cultural Guide

Best Coverage of Business & Economic Issues: Second place, Saundra Sorenson, “Price, Condition, Location”; Third place, Saundra Sorenson, “A Woman’s Place?”

Best Editorial: First place, Gary M. Stein, for a package of three editorials including “It’s time for LO to move forward with Wizer project”

Best Editorial Page: Second place

Best Education Coverage: First place, Jillian Daley, “Lessons Learned: Beck reflects on first year at LOSD”

Best Enterprise Reporting: Second place, Jillian Daley, “Dancer’s mom confirms details of alleged hazing”

Best Feature Story (Personality): Second place, Cliff Newell, “Closing the circle”

Best Lifestyle Coverage: First place, Rebecca Brewster, “Transitioning from Homelessness”; Second place, Jillian Daley, “Erasing the last vestiges of polio”

Best Local Column: Second place, Barb Randall, for three columns including “Need a boost? Try eating some sauerkraut”; Third place, Barb Randall, for a series of columns including “Get a side of history with that glass of wine”

Best Sports Story: Second place, Jillian Daley, “Lakeridge softball coach put on administrative leave”

Best Spot News Coverage: Second place, Saundra Sorenson, “Mayor’s appointments ignite ‘payback’ debate”

Best Story of the Year (a category in which every Oregon newspaper competes, regardless of circulation size): Second place, Jillian Daley, “Dancer’s mom confirms details of alleged hazing”

Best Page One Design: First place, Mikel Kelly

Best News Photo: Second place, Vern Uyetake, “An Evening of Hope”

Best Photo Essay: Second place, Vern Uyetake, “Time to Celebrate”

Pamplin Media Group as a whole won 100 ONPA awards, including General Excellence nods for the Gresham Outlook, Beaverton Valley Times, Forest Grove News-Times, Tigard/Tualatin Times, West Linn Tidings, Sandy Post, Estacada News and The Review. This year’s contest was judged by the South Dakota Press Association.