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Review honored for excellence

The Review earned top honors for General Excellence in the 2004 Better Newspaper Contest, sponsored by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Asso­ciation.

The Review bested the Mercer Island Reporter and South Whidbey Record, which claimed second and third place honors in an 18-newspaper field for circulation of 5,001-10,000. Judging this year was by a team of publishers and other newspaper professionals from the South Carolina Press Association.

The awards were presented at WNPA’s annual convention, held last Saturday in Silverdale.

In individual writing, photography, design and advertising competition, editor Douglas Crist earned first place for Best General Feature Story with “The hand on the Bumbershoot,” an August 2003 piece on islander Sheila Hughes, producer of Seattle’s Bumbershoot festival.

He also earned a second place award in General News for “Why aren’t you swimming now?” on financial troubles at the new aquatics center; third-place in Personality Features for “It’s not your personal space,” a profile of the city’s parking enforcement officer; and a third-place award for Single-Page Design for presentation of a “End of Summer Sail,” a story and photo package on the weekly sailing competition out of Eagle Harbor.

Dee Axelrod earned first place honors in the General News category for “Seeking refuge in the USA,” on the efforts of Safeway employees Mike and Carol Gormley to fight deportation to South Africa.

She also earned third place for education reporting for her coverage of students who refused to take the Washington Assessment of Student Learning exam.

Former Review staffer Kathryn Haines earned first place honors for Technology Writing for her “A space mission worth its salt,” a story on the Winslow-based Earth and Space Research and its study of seawater salinity and climate change.

Ryan Schierling, who now works as a freelance photographer in Seattle, earned five awards. His photograph “Hanging on,” capturing the very last leaf of autumn, won top honors in the Scenic Photography category. He also earned four third-place awards.

In advertising, sales representative Robinette Holt combined with graphic designer Susan Haendel for a second place finish in “small-space advertising” for Cafe Nola.

Holt also earned a third-place award for ad campaigns for promotion of the Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale.

The General Excellence award is the Review’s fourth in four years, following a first place finish in 2001, and third place finishes in 2002 and 2003.

The paper also earned first place awards in 1990 (Teresa Tsalaky, editor), 1992 (Suzanne Downing), 1993 (Becky Fox Marshall) and 1997 (Jack Swanson).

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