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The Times wins nine awards from Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association

Dan Brood and Geoff Pursinger both take firsts in annual contest

The Times Sports Editor Dan Brood won first place for Best Sports Story in the recent Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest.Not to be Trumpish, but the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association just handed out awards from its 2016 Better Newspaper Contest, and, well, they were “huge.”

The Times won third place for General Excellence in its Class E circulation division — the biggest award in its category — for newspapers produced during 2015, as well as two first-place awards, three seconds and four other thirds.

The Times, along with the other newspapers in its circulation category, was judged in the General Excellence category on the following:

“Judging will be based on general and departmental news; reproduction excellence; advertising enterprise; editorial comment; general appearance, makeup and style; photos and graphics; and thoroughness of local coverage.”

"The General Excellence award is definitely one we shoot for every year," said Times Editor Miles Vance. "It really points to the overall success of our newspaper, from news and sports writing to photography to layout to advertising — everyone has a hand in this award."{img:119531}

In addition to the General Excellence nod, The Times got firsts from Assistant Editor Geoff Pursinger in the Best Education Coverage category for his story “{obj:16334}” (about Tigard High School's CE2 program), and from Sports Editor Dan Brood in the category of Best Sports Story for “{obj:16335}” (about a Unified soccer team started by Tigard High senior Sela Brazier).

And there was more success for The Times, too — much more. Second-Place award winners included: reporter Mark Miller, Best Feature Story, “{obj:16336}” (about autistic artist Marcy Deutsch); reporter Caitlin Feldman, Best Lifestyle Coverage, “{obj:16337}” (about transgendered Leo Soell and their experience at Meridian Park Hospital); and Brood for Best Sports Photo: “{obj:16338}” (an image of Tualatin senior Alex Newcomb exulting after his wrestling match against Tigard).

Third-place winners for The Times included: Miller, Best Feature Story, “The escape artists”; Pursinger, Best Spot News Coverage, “Police Search for Answers After Sunday Slaying"; and designer Kate Schell, Best Page One Design, “May 17, May 24 and Nov. 4, 2015.”