Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Hood River News won six awards in the 2011 Oregon Better Newspaper Contest.
First-place honors went to reporter Ben McCarty, for Best Multimedia Element, and editor Kirby Neumann-Rea, for Best Editorial.
The awards were presented Friday at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association annual convention in Welches. Hood River News competes with other newspapers in the 7,000-or-less circulation category.
Hood River News took third in Best Special Section for the Women in Business edition.
McCarty’s winning entry was about driving a Model T at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, posted on the Hood River News website on Aug. 24. The Internet package included video and article based on a story he wrote for the print edition.
Neumann-Rea won for three editorials: Jan. 10, “Flood Watch: We escaped damage, but hazards remain,” following last year’s high water event; Feb. 12, “Child Safety: A scary thing moves from rare to real,” in response to an attempted child abduction; and Aug. 10, “Heights Safety: Look at streets and crosswalks as a system,” based on concerns about pedestrian safety in the area of 13th and May streets.
The news staff also won two second-place honors in the beat feature judging. Janet Cook and Adam Lapierre won for “Friendly Neighbors,” about Daniel Pepper of Hood River.
The subhead for the Aug. 19, 2011, article read: “An accidental beekeeper finds his place.”
Adam Lapierre, Ben McCarty and intern Hallie Curtis received a second place in Best Photo Essay for coverage of the 2011 Homecoming events, “A Colorful Week of True School Spirit.”
Neumann-Rea also took third in the Best Personality category, for his “Into Africa” Kaleidoscope article on Hood River native Anna Hidle’s work with the Peace Corps in Zambia.
Lapierre provided the graphic design for the photo and features articles.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge