Christy, Stephenson receive top ANA awards


(From left) Caitlin Schmidt ('14), Mike Christy ('11) and Yooyhun Jung ('15) of the Arizona Daily Star.


Hank Stephenson

Journalists with University of Arizona J-school ties captured 13 first-place individual awards at the Arizona Newspaper Association’s 2016 Better Newspapers Contest on Sept. 24 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler.

Mike Christy (2011) of the Arizona Daily Star won Photographer of the Year, while former student Hank Stephenson took home Story of the Year.

In all, those with UA ties (in bold) took 28 individual awards in the contest:

Non-daily circulation under 3,500

• Best news story, first place, Hank Stephenson, Arizona Capitol Times, “Cell phone records linked to prostitution probe shake southern Arizona politics.”

• Investigative reporting, first place, Hank Stephenson, Arizona Capitol Times, “Gowan’s mystery mileage: House lawmakers, staff log tens of thousands of miles in government cars on Arizona trips.”

• Enterprise reporting, first place, Hank Stephenson and Rachel Leingang, Arizona Capitol Times, “Stonewalled on public records.”

• Best multimedia storytelling combined, first place, Murphy Woodhouse, Paulina Pineada and Norma Gonzalez, Nogales International, “Food trucks of Santa Cruz County.”

• Best news story, second place, Jeremy Duda (’02) and Hank Stephenson, Arizona Capitol Times, “Nest Eggs: Governor, Legislature plan to keep leftover funds.”

• Best multimedia storytelling combined, second place, Hank Stephenson and Rachel Leingang, Arizona Capitol Times, “Mystery mileage.”

• Best sustained coverage or series, third place, Murphy Woodhouse (Paulina Pineda and Manuel Coppola), Nogales International, “Ramifications of weakening peso.”

• Enterprise reporting, third place, Murphy Woodhouse, Nogales International, “Smuggling wages range widely.”

• Best news story, third place, Jeremy Duda (’02), Arizona Capitol Times, “Eye to eye: Evolution of the school finance deal.”

Non-daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000

• Best news story, first place, Jacquelyn Oesterblad, Arizona Daily Wildcat, “Arizona DREAMing.”

• Best sports column, first place, Adam Gaub (’06), Maricopa Monitor, “Behavior at game.”

• Best column, analysis or commentary, first place, Dan Shearer ('85), Green Valley News, “Time for GVR to reverse bad decision.”

• Best column, analysis or commentary, third place, Dan Shearer ('85), Green Valley News, “Finally, a PCC board member does the right thing.”

Non-daily circulation greater than 10,000

• Best column, analysis or commentary, first place, Jim Nintzel (adjunct), Tucson Weekly, “Joint Technical Education Districts.”

• Best column, feature or criticism, first place, Jim Nintzel (adjunct), Tucson Weekly, “Goodbye, Dad.”

• Best news story, second place, Jim Nintzel (adjunct instructor), Tucson Weekly, “Bern Notice.”

• Best sustained coverage or series, third place, Jim Nintzel (adjunct), Tucson Weekly, “Eastside Story.”

• Best feature story, third place, Maria Ines Taracena (’12), Tucson Weekly, “Dignity.”

• Best column, feature or criticism, third place, Candace Begody (’10), Navajo Times, “For Times’ youngest editor, persistence was key.”

Daily circulation under 25,000

• Best sports story, first place, Rodney Haas (’10), Casa Grande Dispatch, “Tournament to honor former player.”

• Best column, feature or criticism, first place, Bill Coates (’78), Casa Grande Dispatch, “Elks-VFW part ways.”

• Best sustained coverage or series, third place, Derek Jordan (’14), Sierra Vista Herald, “The Perception Problem.”

Daily circulation greater than 25,000

• Best news photograph, first place, A.E. Araiza (’80), Arizona Daily Star, “Trapped.”

• Best feature photo layout, first place, Mike Christy (’11), Arizona Daily Star, “Divided by Law.”

• Best sustained coverage or series, second place, Yooyhun Jung (’15), Arizona Daily Star, “Proposition 123.”

• Investigative reporting, second place, Caitlin Schmidt (’14) and Joe Ferguson (’06), Arizona Daily Star, “Tucson police prostitution sting.”

• Best multimedia storytelling, second place, Perla Trevizo and Fernanda Echavarri (’08) and Mike Christy (’11), Arizona Daily Star/Arizona Public Media, “Divided by Law.”

• Best sustained coverage or series, third place, Yooyhun Jung (’15) and Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star, “Arizona teacher shortage.”

The Arizona Daily Wildcat, which includes many current J-school students, also captured six overall awards: first place in newspaper online site/web page; three second places in community service/journalistic achievement, best use of photography, and special section, newspaper supplement or magazine; and two third places in editorial page excellence, and reporting and newswriting excellence.

Arizona Daily Star reporter Stephanie Innes, a former J-school adjunct instructor, was named Journalist of the Year along with Michele Nelson of the Payson Roundup.

• See the Arizona Capitol Times article about the awards, with links to winning stories.

Published Date: 

09/27/2016 - 10:31am

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