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The News-Review earns 11 awards in ONPA contest

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The News-Review has been located on Winchester Street for decades.

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The News-Review received 11 awards in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, including three first-place awards and the organization’s top honor, the general excellence award.

Award winners were announced at the organization’s annual convention in Bend on Thursday and Friday.

The special section “Staying Strong,” dedicated to victims of the shooting at Umpqua Community College one year after the tragedy won in the Best Special Section or Issue category award.

In the Best Feature Story: General category, reporter Ian Campbell earned first place for his reporting on the healing process of Douglas County’s first responders one year after the UCC shooting.

Senior Writer Carisa Cegavske earned first in the Best Writing category for her story “Time to Dance,” which featured Valéria Ball, a well-known dancer and choreographer who died at age 49 of brain cancer. April Ehrlich’s story “True Friends,” which looked into homeless pets around the county, took second place in the same category.

Pacific Power in Green unveils community memorial,” an article written by reporter Vera Westbrook, which featured a local business working to build a memorial in honor of the victims of the UCC shooting earned second place in the Best Spot News Coverage category.

In the Best News Photo category, photographer Mike Henneke earned second place for his photo “At first I didn’t believe it” which captured the fire that destroyed the Lookingglass Elementary School gymnasium.

Designer Katie Alaimo earned second place in the Best Page 1 category for her “The New Phenomena” layout about the sudden popularity of Pokémon Go.

Among the third-place winning entries are Ehrlich’s ”Reaching out to Star” for Best Feature Story: Personality, which featured a homeless woman in Roseburg. Sports reporter Aaron Yost earned third place for his “Bulldogs No. 1 with a three-peat” for Best Sports Story, which covered Sutherlin High School’s third-straight girls basketball state championship. The paper’s website, managed by Web Editor Ian Campbell, earned third in the Best Overall Website category.

The awards were for work in 2016 by newspapers with circulations between 10,001 and 25,000. Judging was done by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.

In May, The News-Review also received three awards, including two first-place honors, in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northwest Excellence in Journalism competition.

In the SPJ competition the newspaper competed against other newsrooms in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. In each of the content’s categories, one winner and one runner-up were selected.

In the Investigative Reporting category, Ehrlich was the winner for her “Roseburg armory exposes renters to toxic lead” article where she uncovered that the armory was endangering renters by allowing them to utilize a space with exorbitant levels of brain-damaging lead dust.

Alaimo was the winner for page design with her submission of three front pages from the July 14, Oct. 5, and Dec. 7 editions, including creative designs for a Pokémon Go article, an article about scary clown sightings in Roseburg, and a commemorative Pearl Harbor page.

In the Spot News Photography category, photographer Henneke was runner-up for his photo of the fire that destroyed the Lookingglass Elementary gymnasium.

Ian Campbell can be reached at or 541-957-4209. Or follow him on Twitter @MrCampbell17.

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Ian Campbell is the managing editor for The News-Review, a former senior editor at the Emerald Media Group and a camping fanatic. Follow him on Twitter @MrCampbell17

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They didn't win anything for spelling or grammar did they?

just me


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