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Squires takes new job at Santa Cruz, Calif., newspaper

Staff reports

Ashland Daily Tidings Staff Writer Jennifer Squires has resigned to take a similar position at the Santa Cruz Sentinel in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Squires first joined the Ashland Daily Tidings as a part-time sports reporter while she finished her degree at Southern Oregon University during the 2003-2004 school year. Upon graduating, Squires was hired as a full-time Tidings staff writer from a pool of more than 40 applicants.

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She is still the only staffer that I have hired right out of college,&

Editor Andrew Scot Bolsinger said.

Squires grew quickly into the job, winning numerous Oregon News Publisher Association awards in 2005 and crowning her tenure at the Tidings with first place for her education coverage in the Suburban News Association national contest for daily papers of up to 25,000 circulation.

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Number one in the entire country,&

Bolsinger said, &

up against papers that dwarf us in size and resources. It is a truly significant accomplishment.&

Squires will remain an employee of Ottaway Newspapers Inc., which owns the Sentinel, in her new post. She starts on Monday.

The Tidings has narrowed its search for her replacement to five candidates who will be interviewed over the next week, Bolsinger said. The replacement will be the first new hire in the Tidings newsroom in more than a year.

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We have been very fortunate to have a great staff that has stuck around and worked hard to accomplish our goals,&

Bolsinger said. &

It was only a matter of time before these talented people began moving on with their careers.&

The Daily Tidings won honorable mention for General Excellence at the ONPA awards in 2005. A Tidings&

series won third place for public service journalism, competing against every newspaper in the state including first-place winner, The Oregonian. The Tidings won 21 awards in all.

In the SNA awards, Squires&

first place was matched by a first place award for headline writing earned by News Editor Peter Hahnloser and a third place award for photography by Denise Baratta.