Awards recognize outstanding journalism in state

by: DAN BROOD - Dan Brood won a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists this weekend for this 2012 photo of Sherwood High School's soccer team after losing the state championship in November. The Times brought home six awards for outstanding writing, design and photography.     The Times was honored Saturday with six awards at the Society of Professional Journalist's annual banquet held at Hotel Lucia, in Portland.

The annual competition recognizes the best journalism in the region in several categories. The awards were announced at a special ceremony May 18.

Sports Editor Dan Brood won a first-place award for sports photography for his photo of the Sherwood High School girls' soccer team in tears after losing the state championship in November 2012.

Jessie Kirk, The Times’ lead designer and former editor, received a first-place award for her weekly front page designs.

(To see a selection of Kirk's award winning designs, click here )

Reporter Geoff Pursinger received a first-place award in the “religion and ethics” category for his March 2012 story on Jubilatte, a coffee shop that opened inside the United Methodist Church.

Pursinger also received a second place award for his story on Rich Fellers, the Sherwood father of two who competed in his first Olympics in London in 2012.

Tualatin reporter Saundra Sorenson brought home two second-place awards for her in-depth reporting on homelessness in Washington County, and for the paper’s coverage of the Lukus Glenn wrongful death trial last August.

Sorenson's homeless series covered three stories last December, "Down and out in Tigard and Tualatin," published Dec. 6, 2012, "Progress made in plan to end homelessness" published Dec. 13, 2012, and "Out on the streets" published Dec. 27, 2012.

The Times’ sister newspaper, the Beaverton Valley Times, which shares an editor and operates out of the same office, brought home two awards for its reporting.

The papers were judged in the non-daily category for newspapers in Oregon and Southwest Washington with a circulation of less than 8,000.

The Society of Professional Journalists is a national journalism organization dedicated to encouraging quality journalism and promoting high standards of ethical behavior in writing and broadcasting. In addition to the annual awards banquet each May, the Oregon chapter offers networking and professional development opportunities.

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