Statesman Journal winners in the 2022 NW Excellence in Journalism contest

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Statesman Journal staff have been awarded three first-place awards for writing in the large publication category of the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2022 NW Excellence in Journalism contest.

Reporters Whitney Woodworth, Dianne Lugo and Virginia Barreda (now a reporter for the Des Moines Register) were awarded first place for writing on poverty and homelessness with “The ‘Invisible’ Homeless: Women outnumber men in Oregon’s Mid-Valley, but services lag. ” That package of work included a story about homeless youth in Oregon.

News columnist Capi Lynn took first place for writing in business and economics for her investigation “A cancer diagnosis, a betrayal and a mountain of debt for Salem’s oldest restaurant.” Lynn’s story recounts how an offer to help by a prominent business owner instead left Court Street Dairy owner Marlene Blanchard with a mountain of debt.

Food and dining reporter Em Chan won first place for arts and culture writing for his story “Local blacksmithing community forged through word of mouth, comradery.” Chan also took the pictures that accompanied her story.

Jeffrey Shoberg, 16 months old, looks at tulips during the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival on April 15, 2022 in Woodburn.

Jeffrey Shoberg, 16 months old, looks at tulips during the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival on April 15, 2022 in Woodburn.

Photographer Abigail Dollins’ portfolio of work took second place for photo and design in the large publication category. Dollins’ entry included images in the invisible homeless story, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival and family life on a blueberry farm. Her editor, Register Guard photographer and multimedia director Chris Pietsch, took first place in that category for his portfolio of work.

A full list of winners in the contest covering Alaska, Washington, Montana, Idaho and Oregon can be found at spjoregon.com/2022-nw-excellence-in-journalism-winners.

Cherrill Crosby is the executive editor of the Statesman Journal. You may reach her at [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Salem Statesman Journal: Statesman Journal winners in 2022 NW Excellence in Journalism contest