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Mail Tribune earns 23 awards from publishers' group

The Mail Tribune earned 23 awards, including five first-place recognitions, from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association for work published in 2015. The awards were announced Friday at the annual convention of the publishers' group, held this year in Silverton. The Tribune's sister paper, the Ashland Daily Tidings earned five awards. The Mail Tribune entries were in the circulation category of 10,001 to 25,000; the Daily Tidings in the category of 10,000 and less.

Mail Tribune

  • General Excellence, second place, Mail Tribune.
  • Best Editorial, first place, “Gun background checks save lives,” “Minimum wage compromise a good start,” “Who really politicized the shootings?” Gary Nelson
  • Best Editorial, second place, “Breidenthal has many questions to answer,” “Ashland can’t ease past traveler issue,” “Legislature got its wishes, but did the state?” Robert Hunter
  • Best Educational Coverage, third place, “A question of punishment,” Teresa Thomas
  • Best Enterprise Reporting, third place, “The sovereign among us,” Thomas Moriarty
  • Best Feature Story: General, second place, “The $1,000 pill,” Vickie Aldous
  • Best Feature Story: Personality, first place, “Repaying a debt,” Ryan Pfeil
  • Best Feature Story: Personality, second place, “Winging It,” Mark Freeman
  • Best Lifestyle Coverage, second place, “Fighting Back,” Ryan Pfeil
  • Best Lifestyle Coverage, third place, “Journey of a lifetime,” Greg Stiles
  • Best News Photo, first place, “Standoff ends in death," Bob Pennell
  • Best Online Coverage of Breaking News, second place, “Mentally ill man dies in a volley of gunfire,” staff
  • Best Overall Website, third place, www.mailtribune.com, Anita Burke, Ryan Pfeil, Dave Smigelski
  • Best Special Section or Issue, first place, “Our Valley: Live & Unscripted,” Dave Smigelski, Cathy Noah
  • Best Special Section or Issue, second place, “Prep Football 2015,” Tim Trower, Kris Henry, Dan Jones
  • Best Special Section or Issue, third place, “Shakespeare 2015,” Cathy Noah, Dave Smigelski
  • Best Sports Photo, second place, “Round 2,” Jamie Lusch
  • Best Sports Story, first place, “Vail’s unveiling,” Tim Trower
  • Best Sports Story, second place, “Unbreakable,” Dan Jones
  • Best Spot News Coverage, third place, “Standoff ends in death,” Ryan Pfeil
  • Best Web Design, third place, www.mailtribune.com, Anita Burke
  • Best Web Project, second place, Reader Photos, Anita Burke, Dave Smigelski
  • Best Writing, second place, Mark Freeman

 Ashland Daily Tidings

  • Best Educational Coverage, first place, “Remembering love amid the pain of loss,” Joe Zavala
  • Best Feature Photo, third place, “Open for education” (main cover shot), Jamie Lusch
  • Best News Photo, third place, “Ad hoc committee seeks long-term pool solutions”, Jamie Lusch
  • Best Overall Website, third place, www.dailytidings.com, Anita Burke, Bert Etling
  • Best Web Design, third place, www.dailytidings.com, Anita Burke