Mail Tribune receives journalism honors

Staff members from the Mail Tribune received multiple honors Saturday night, as winners in the Society of Professional Journalists' Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest were announced.

Among the awards for Mail Tribune staffers were five first-place honors — including two for sports editor Tim Trower. Photo editor Bob Pennell, outdoors reporter Mark Freeman and reporter Ryan Pfeil also received first place in categories.

The Mail Tribune is a member of Region 10 of the Society of Professional Journalists, which also includes newspapers and other media outlets from Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Washington state.

This year's contest covers work produced or published in 2013. The Mail Tribune competes in Group A, which covers newspapers with daily circulations of 25,000 or less.

Trower received three awards overall in the competition.

His first-place honors were for Sports Columnist, for a selection of his columns, and for Sports Feature Story. His winning entry in that category was for "Signature Moment," which told the origin of a football bearing the signature of President Herbert Hoover that found its way into the possession of a student at Southern Oregon University.

Trower received second place in the Sports Reporting category for his coverage of concussions and their impact on youth sports.

Pfeil took first place in the Long Feature Story category for "Medford to Mars," which introduced readers to a former Medford man who played a key role in the NASA project that sent rovers to Mars.

Pfeil was also honored for his work on the Mail Tribune's website, taking second place in the Spot News Reporting category for his coverage of the explosive device found outside the Jackson County District Attorney's office.

Pennell received first place in the Photo Page, Story or Essay category, while Freeman won top honors in the General Column category for a selection of Outdoors Journal pieces that run weekly in the Oregon Outdoors pages.

Mail Tribune news editor Robert Galvin received a pair of honors — taking second place in the Page Design category, and third place in Headline Writing.

Other staffers recognized were photographer Jamie Lusch, who took second place in the News Photography category, and Web editor Anita Burke — who received second place in the Innovation Award category for the website's use of combining multiple social media methods for coverage of the bombing of the district attorney's office.

Region 10 entries were sent for judging to newspaper professions in Indiana, New York, Oklahoma and Utah.

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