Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Three firsts at NEPA

Published in the Portland Phoenix

Portland Phoenix contributing writers and staff took three first-place awards at the New England Press Association’s annual awards banquet February 9, and three second-place honors as well.

In first place were: for LOCAL ELECTION COVERAGE, the staff and freelancers, for work published between September and November 2006; for COVER DESIGN, “Why Bath Stinks,” a gas mask against a fetid background by Phoenix staff, published April 6, 2007; and for HEALTH COVERAGE, “What’s Wrong With Healthcare in Maine?,” first-person accounts of dealing with the healthcare system by contributing writers Sam Pfeifle and Caitlin Shetterly, published July 27, 2007.

In second place were: for RACIAL OR ETHNIC REPORTING, “‘I’m Done Killing Hyenas,’” excerpts from a Telling Room non-fiction writing project by local high-school students Ali Mohamed, Aruna Kenyi, and Kahiye Hassan, published May 4, 2007; for GENERAL NEWS, “Unvarnished,” former staff writer Sara Donnelly’s story about the Brookings Institution study of Maine’s economy commissioned by GrowSmart Maine, published September 29, 2006; and for GOVERNMENT REPORTING, “State: One Santa Okay; Another No Way,” about state censorship of beer-bottle label graphics, by managing editor Jeff Inglis, published December 8, 2006.