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Mail Tribune wins five awards in journalism contest

The Mail Tribune took home five awards in the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2019 Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest.

The newsroom took home four second place awards and one first place award, recognized in categories for editorial writing, feature writing, headline writing, multimedia storytelling and spot news photography. The Northwest division includes publications from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

The newspaper won first place in the multimedia reporting category for “Running with the Dogs,” a story about sled dog mushers at Diamond Lake that ran on television, in print and on the Mail Tribune website. The package was written and hosted by Mark Freeman, shot by web editor Ryan Pfeil and photographer Jamie Lusch, and the video produced by Pfeil.

Lusch also received a second place award in spot news photography for his photo “Fire line,” depicting an August air tanker drop over the Gyda fire in the Applegate Valley.

Reporter Kaylee Tornay was awarded second place in the feature writing, hard news category for “The Road to Ruin,” her story on a deadly stretch of Highway 199 that’s been the scene of dozens of fatal traffic crashes since 2011.

Editorial page editor Gary Nelson received a second place award in the editorial and commentary category for his editorials, and news editor and columnist Robert Galvin received a second place award for headline writing.

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