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2008 Print

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FIRST PLACE
Ken Dilanian, Philadelphia Inquirer
”A Failure to Care”

Judge’s comments: The stories that resulted from this yearlong investigation into abuse and neglect in assisted living facilities are masterfully written. The series included compelling case study stories, exhaustive research and a guide showing readers how to investigate specific facilities they may be considering. The series resulted in the state holding hearings and ultimately increasing facility inspectors and adopting tougher regulations. Superb journalism.

SECOND PLACE
Richard Rys, Philadelphia Magazine
”Mystery at Rohm and Hass”

Judge’s comments: This compelling narrative about mysterious cancer deaths at a chemical company is beautifully written and deeply researched. A good read.

THIRD PLACE
Staff, Philadelphia Inquirer
“DHS”

Judge’s comments: This ongoing coverage of the Department of Human Services’ challenges and failures in protecting vulnerable children showcases the writers’ strong storytelling abilities and deep knowledge of these complex issues. Fine work.

Investigative Reporting

 

FIRST PLACE
Staff, Philadelphia Inquirer
”Too Tough? Tactics in Suburban Policing”

Judge’s Comments: The series represents an amazing dedication to ferreting out
the intricacies of a significant civil liberties concern. The Inquirer
staff upheld what should be a basic tenet of American journalism:
lending voice to the disenfranchised.

SECOND PLACE
Ken Dilanian, Philadelphia Inquirer
”A Failure to Care”

Judge’s Comments: “A Failure to Care” illustrates the core of investigative
reporting, bringing to light incredible abuses in a way that could have
a real impact on lives in Pennsylvania. The author’s attention to solid data and examples is undeniable.

THIRD PLACE
Jeffrey Barg, Philadelphia Weekly
“Puff Daddies”

Judge’s Comments: An intelligent, excellently crafted approach to a viable
social concern.

Ongoing News Coverage (circ. more than 75,000)

FIRST PLACE
Staff, Philadelphia Inquirer
“DHS”

Judge’s Comments: This was an excellent, thorough examination of an agency that often is able to fly below the radar screen of public scrutiny. It was enhanced by solid writing that clearly conveyed the problem without getting bogged down in bureaucratic jargon.

SECOND PLACE
Susan Snyder, Martha Woodall, Philadelphia Inquirer
“School violence: Teachers as targets”

Judge’s Comments: It has been well established across the country that students are becoming more violent, but these stories did an excellent job of conveying the victims in human terms. The stories about special education students’ acts of violence excellently addressed a sensitive subject.

THIRD PLACE
Nancy Phillips, Philadelphia Inquirer
“Judges”

Judge’s Comments: Judges are often feared and treated with kid gloves because of the power they have. But this package of stories showed no such reluctance to scrutinize these judges and shined a much-needed light on judges who definitely seemed to have an attitude that the law does not apply to them.

Ongoing News Coverage (circ. less than 74,999)

FIRST PLACE
Lee Williams, The News Journal
“Trouble at Delaware Psychiatric Center”

Judge’s Comments: This was an extensive review of a subject that is often virtually impossible to bring to light–activity in a psychiatric facility. The examination from multiple angles was terrific.

SECOND PLACE
Jo Ciavaglia, Rachel Canelli, Liz Fisher, Bucks County Courier Times
“17 hurt in bus wreck and follow-ups”

Judge’s Comments: An accident with that many injuries is major news and the reporters did an excellent job at covering all of the angles, from the personal to the many factual details of the crash. Great work.

THIRD PLACE
Loretta Rodgers, Gil Spencer, Rose Quinn, Cindy Scharr, Delaware County Daily Times
“Penn-Delco stories”

Judge’s Comments: This was some of the most extensive coverage I have ever seen on an issue. The community certainly was well informed about this wacky school system. The paper also did a good job differentiating between the actions of politicians and bureaucrats and the question of Quick Start’s beneficial effect on children.

Deadline or Spot News Story (circ. more than 75,000)

FIRST PLACE
John Shiffman, Jan Hefler, George Anastasia, Philadelphia Inquirer
“6 Held in NJ Terror Plot”

Comments: Very complete reporting. Interesting and engaging.

SECOND PLACE
Staff, Philadelphia Inquirer
“Police press manhunt”

THIRD PLACE
Staff, Philadelphia Inquirer
“Fumo strikes first”

Deadline or Spot News Story (circ. less than 74,999)

FIRST PLACE:
Elaine Rose, Press of Atlantic City
“Gunman, AC Police in Showboat Standoff”

Judge’s Comments: A great job of gathering best information available in a very short turnaround time, with details descriptive enough to make readers feel they know what was happening.

SECOND PLACE:
Kathleen Carey, Timothy Logue, Delaware County Daily Times
“Parkside Fire”

Judge’s Comments: An excellent package with a strong news angle complimented nicely with good human interest elements, thanks to looking at the situation from various viewpoints through good quotes and sidebars.

THIRD PLACE:
Rose Quinn, Delaware County Daily Times
“Life Savings Stolen”

Judge’s Comments: An outstanding job of putting together the pieces of a puzzle, with the reporter recognizing a link to the past that members of the community would surely also have had questions about upon hearing the names involved.

Magazine Story

FIRST PLACE
Tom McGrath, Philadelphia Magazine
“Bad Parents”

Judge’s Comments: This is an entertaining, well-written, thoughtful examination of the
challenges in raising kids in today’s competitive climate.

SECOND PLACE
Kia Gregory, Philadelphia Weekly
“His Best Shot”

Judge’s Comments: This story is successful because the reporter does a great job conveying the main subject’s passion for his work and how dire the gun violence is
in Philadelphia

THIRD PLACE
Timothy Logue, Delaware County Daily Times
“Unsolved Tragedy”

Judge’s Comments: The raw emotion, family tragedy and memories personalize the story for the reader. The tragedy becomes the reader’s tragedy

Non-deadline Writing (circ. more than 75,000)

FIRST PLACE
Wendy Ruderman, Philadelphia Daily News
”Domestic Violence: How Safe?”

Judge’s Comments: The entry is nearly a textbook example of how to blend personal examples with statistics and other important details, making a broad topic both intimate and informative. The writer took care to maintain reader interest by mixing individual perspectives and complex background, never allowing either element to bog down the piece or overwhelm the reader.

SECOND PLACE
Alfred Lubrano, Philadelphia Inquirer
”Terrorist Hunter”

Judge’s Comments: The series represents a fascinating character study that sheds new light on a major national concern, and the writer shows a dedication to research. The reporting is solid and objective.

THIRD PLACE
Michael Vitez, Philadelphia Inquirer
”Seeking Jasta, An Unforgettable Reunion, A Personal Resurrection”

Judge’s Comments: The author has a knack for conveying hardships in compelling fashion without giving way to gooey sentimentality, particularly in “Seeking Jasta” and “An Unforgettable Reunion.”

Non-deadline Writing  (circ.40,000 to 74,999)

FIRST PLACE
Hilary Bentman, The Intelligencer
“The Digital Divide”

Judge’s Comments: The series flowed well, kept my interest and included the right amount of stats and facts. The web links and glossary were a nice addition.

SECOND PLACE
Laurie Mason, Bucks County Courier Times
“The Judge and the Juvenile”

Judge’s Comments: Stories such as this one do not come along often. Good job in following it for seven years.

THIRD PLACE
Jason McKee, Delaware County Daily Times
“Inside Domestic Relations”

Judge’s Comments: I like the different angles taken with the subject. The writing read particularly well.

Non-deadline Writing (circ. less than 39,999)

FIRST PLACE
Jennifer Miller, Danielle Lynch, Daily Local News
“Hidden Needs”

Judge’s Comments: This series of stories about poverty in affluent Chester County is well written, thorough and includes many informative graphics. The series doesn’t just highlight the problem, but includes stories that point the way to help and solutions for the area’s poor. Very nice job.

SECOND PLACE
Anne Pickering, Daily Local News
“TCE: A silent killer?”

Judge’s Comments: This series about the health risks of an industrial pollutant tells the story through compelling narratives of health risks experienced by individuals and families exposed to the chemical. The stories show the reporter’s extensive research and her strong writing ability.

THIRD PLACE
Andrew Cannarsa, Daily Local News
“Taking Steps”

Judge’s Comments: These stories of a young man’s recovery from a serious car crash unfold in dramatic fashion as the writer tells the tale through the viewpoints of not just the victims, but law enforcement authorities, friends and family members. A real page-turner.

Local Column

 

FIRST PLACE:
Monica Yant Kinney, The Philadelphia Inquirer
”Bound by Blood and How It Spilled”
Judge’s Comments: Kinney chooses the less-obvious approach to a subject.
She connects with the people she writes about and ably conveys their
stories. It’s obvious why we should care.

 

SECOND PLACE:
J.D. Mullane, Bucks County Courier Times
”The Pantry Opens at 9:30 a.m.”
Judge’s Comments: Carefully chosen details and keen observation
personalize cold statistics on hunger. Mullane’s spare, clean writing
keeps an emotional subject from becoming maudlin. He touches us and, even
better, asks for help to solve the problem.

THIRD PLACE:
Annette John-Hall, Philadelphia Inquirer
”Black Enough, On the Down-low, Of Nooses & Swastikas, Driven to
Profile”

Judge’s Comments: John-Hall is a brave, honest and insightful writer, who
says what she needs to say, even though it may not be what people want to
hear.

Business Story

FIRST PLACE
Brian McCullough, Daily Local News
“Today’s Manufacturer”

Judge’s Comments: This was a comprehensive, balanced
treatment of an issue that far too often gets clouded by emotion.
Complex issues were made understandable for readers.

SECOND PLACE
Peter Van Allen, Philadelphia Business Journal
“New Philadelphians package”

Judge’s Comments: These well-written, engaging
stories provided good factual insight into the key elements of downtown
revitalization.

THIRD PLACE
Sam Kennedy, The Morning Call
“Aftershock”
Judge’s Comme
nts: Good treatment of a deregulation issue
involving an important necessity. The background information gave a
useful historical perspective.

Health/Science Story

FIRST PLACE
Josh Goldstein, Philadelphia Inquirer
”Saving Nadia”

Judge’s Comments: This is the kind of story I would cut out and pass around to my family
and friends. Goldstein draws the reader in and makes him care deeply
about what happens to Nadia; the cliffhangers on days one and two are
inspired! Kudos to Goldstein’s editors for allowing him the time required
to put together a series of this magnitude.

SECOND PLACE
Kelly Bothum, The News Journal
”Little People”

Judge’s Comments: A thoughtful and insightful look into the lives of little people. Bothum shows great respect for her subjects and engenders that same respect in
the reader.

THIRD PLACE
Marie McCullough, Philadelphia Inquirer
“Brother Clinical, Courageous Alike”

Judge’s Comments: The Moss brothers have an exciting and moving story, and McCullough tells it with great skill.

Political Reporting

FIRST PLACE
Staff, Philadelphia Inquirer
“Maker of the Deal; A Growing Sense; A man; A Council Record”

Judge’s Comments: These stories make the mayoral candidates come to life. Profiles of what could have been boring were not. It serves readers and voters well.

SECOND PLACE
Robert Huber, Philadelphia Magazine
”The Real Tom Knox”

Judge’s Comments: Great lead-in on a colorful political character, the outsider who is an insider. I like the Internet angle at the start, too.

THIRD PLACE
Bryan Schwartzman, Jewish Exponent
“Young rep reaches across aisle”

Judge’s Comments: “Fascinating look inside politics at the state house. ‘A speaker of the house is toppled by two phone calls.’ Now that’s an image that endures in the mind.

Sports Story (circ. more than 75,000)

Staff, Philadelphia Daily New
“Red October”

Judge’s Comments: A very well-written package that real Phillies fans who’ve suffered
through the past two decades should want to keep in their scrap
book. Most people love a great come-from-behind story, but everybody
outside the Big Apple loves a N.Y. collapse story. This package has both.

SECOND PLACE
Mark Kram, Philadelphia Daily News
“Bettor Beware”

Judge’s Comments: Well-written precautionary tale of a fall from grace that can happen to anyone with an addictive personality.

THIRD PLACE
Frank Fitzpatrick, Philadelphia Inquirer
“A Canvas Classic”

Judge’s Comments: Obviously extensively researched, this is a fun read that takes the reader back to a time when the sporting world was quite different, but the heat of competition was still the same.

Sports Story (circ. less than 74,999)

FIRST PLACE
Mike Seilski, Bucks County Courier Times
“Touched by War: Colby Umbrell’s Story”

Judge’ Comments: This package was leaps and bound ahead of the competition. A young life snuffed out. A family in mourning. One of the saddest things I’ve read
in a long time.

SECOND PLACE
Anthony J. San Filippo, Delaware County Daily Times
“A long journey back to the court”

Judge’s Comments: Well written. A good life lesson for youngsters. Excellent subject matter.

THIRD PLACE
Ed Kracz, The Intelligencer
“Ten years ago, Buddy Miley decided he would no longer live in pain”

Judge’s Comments: Very sad. It could happen to any kid. He made a difficult choice. A good read.

Sports Columns (circ. more than 75,000)

 

FIRST PLACE
Sam Donnellon, Philadelphia Daily News
“Too Close for Comfort, Barbaro’s Story, Lesbians, Saving Best for Last”

Judge’s Comments: Primeau column and Dave Lewis column were among the very best of a good group of entries in this category. Great stuff.

SECOND PLACE
Phil Sheridan, Philadelphia Inquirer
”Reid has heart, New scouting tool, When hate meets. …, Baseball turns
blind eye”

Judge’s Comments: Although they came from very different perspectives, the Reid/heroin
column (personal experience) and Bonds/baseball (much broader) column
both were very well done. Phil’s got a good rhythm with his prose.

THIRD PLACE
Rich Hoffman, Philadelphia Daily News
“What happened to Tiger? Do you know this man? Blowing the whistle;
Joepathetic”

Judge’s Comments: The Donaghy/refs column was excellent. Good body of work here. Howard Porter story was descriptive.

Sports Column (circ. less than 74,999)

FIRST PLACE
Mike Sielski, Bucks County Courier Times
“No excuse for Reid’s call; Vincent and Snow’s good work; Study strikes
out; Redeemed man”

Judge’s Comments: I especially liked the column on Howard Porter’s death. “The mystery
that had left his life now cloaked his death.” Umpire/bias story seemed a little strident, but I liked his point. Some solid stuff here from Sielski.

SECOND PLACE
Jack McCaffery, Delaware County Daily Times
“Kolb choice; Treatment of Garcia; Coach’s family strife; Control freak Reid”

Judge’s Comments: McCaffery’s got a very good writing style. His rhythm, turn of phrase
were probably the most consistently good of the columnists in this
entire category.

THIRD PLACE
Jerry Reimenschneider, Reading Eagle
“Phils’ success softens hard feelings; Still playing, still praying; ’70s
kids had splinters; First-time coach”

Judge’s Comments: Pieces about the Phillies and his dad, and coaching tee ball were
terrific. Sometimes there were too many sentence fragments for my taste, but still a nice style and perspective.

Editorial

FIRST PLACE
Lanny Morgnanesi, The Intelligencer

Judge’s Comments: The selected editorials were thoughtful, concise and well-reasoned. Good writing that makes a point.

SECOND PLACE
John Timpane, Philadelphia. Inquirer

Judge’s Comments: Great topics covered with these submissions – particularly the saggy pants law. The writer showed great understanding and knowledge of the issues tackled.

THIRD PLACE
Sandra Shea, Philadelphia Daily News

Judge’s Comments: Thoughtful and well written.

Editorial Columnist

FIRST PLACE
Dave Boyer, Philadelphia Inquirer

Judge’s Comments: Selected columns demonstrate wit, reason and wry commentary. Well written and reader friendly.

SECOND PLACE
Bernard Dagenais, Philadelphia Business Journal

Judge’s Comments: Thoughtful commentary that takes on important topics of the day.

THIRD PLACE
Christine Flowers, Philadelphia Daily News

Judge’s Comments: This columnist is not afraid to tackle sensitive topics head-on with no nonsense prose.

Editorial Cartoon

FIRST PLACE
Jay Bevenour, Philadelphia Weekly

Judge’s Comments: Very original. The artwork is clever and so are the topics covered. Brilliant!

SECOND PLACE
Alan McBain, The Mercury

Judge’s Comments: Images make a point that is easily grasped by the reader. The artwork is very clean an inviting.

THIRD PLACE
Tony Auth, Philadelphia Inquirer

Judge’s Comments: The images are bold and jump off the page. I love the lettering.

Criticism

FIRST PLACE
Inga Saffron, Philadelphia Inquirer

“South Street Bridge: Philadelphia Deserves Better; Lets Not Throw Dirt
on the City’s History; Nightmare on Broad Street”
Judge’s Comments: Saffron’s architecture reviews are educational, reasoned and
interesting for the novice and seasoned architecture fan.

SECOND PLACE
Robert Leiter, Jewish Exponent

“Facing Death, Always Something Novel; Excellence Has No Sex”
Judge’s Comments: There is an ease in his expression of opinion that is nice. His
writing is a nice mix of description, context and analysis.

THIRD PLACE
Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News

“What’s Next? Goofy; A Fraying Mind, A Life ‘Away from Her’; Creep
in the Heart of Texas”
Judge’s Comments: His reviews are precise, descriptive and informative.

News Headline

FIRST PLACE
Theresa Hegel, The Intelligencer

Judge’s Comments: Double entendres say it all.

SECOND PLACE
Christine Sherman, Bucks County Courier Times

Judge’s Comments: Clever use of word play.

THIRD PLACE
Karen Naylor, Bucks County Courier Times

Judge’s Comments: Pirate reference pillaged the competition.

Feature Headline

 

FIRST PLACE
Tom Haines, Bucks County Courier Times
“Papa’s in a Rolling Stone”

Judge’s Comments: Catchy and amusing headline that draws the reader into the
story. Good for a chuckle.

SECOND PLACE
Jim Atkins, Delaware County Daily Times
“Mummy Dearest”

Judge’s Comments: Nice job of adapting a known phrase (and book title) into a
descriptive headline. I also liked the subhead “A Tut Above the Rest.”

THIRD PLACE
Kate Kilpatrick, Philadelphia Weekly
“Mint Condition”

Judge’s Comments: Nice effort. I like the use of “mint” in two contexts.

Sports Headline

FIRST PLACE
Doug Darroch, Philadelphia Daily News

Judge’s Comments: Headlines like these are “Unforgettable.”

SECOND PLACE
Drew McQuade — Philadelphia Daily News

Judge’s Comments: Joy to the world — more great headlines!

THIRD PLACE
Paul Moser, The Intelligencer

Judge’s Comments: Headlines you can sink your teeth into.

Page Design

 

FIRST PLACE
Deb Ungerman, Bucks County Courier Times
“Firreal?”

Judge’s Comments: A relatively simple design front but very eye-appealing. Good
integration of color into design elements. Fine job on all fronts!

SECOND PLACE
Eric Caldarale, Philadelphia Business Journal
“Best Real Estate Deals 2007”

Judge’s Comments: Well-conceived and designed front that incorporates art into
the headline itself. Three nice fronts, but this one stood out.

THIRD PLACE
Steve Kelly, Philadelphia Inquirer
“Champion to the End”

Judge’s Comments: Nicely designed, informational Barbaro package. Good use of
miniaturized-art timeline.

News Graphic

FIRST PLACE
Beto Alvarez, Philadelphia Inquirer
”An Artful Addition”

Judge’s Comments: This beautiful double-truck graphic is full of details, combining photographs, descriptions and drawings. It provides a reader lots of information in an attractive, easy to follow layout.

SECOND PLACE
Eric Caldarale, Philadelphia Business Journal
”International Business”

Judge’s Comments; We like the simplicity of this graphic, it’s use of color and it’s eye-catching design.

THIRD PLACE
John Duchneskie, Philadelphia Inquirer
”The Fund-raising Race for President”

Judge’s Comments: This informative graphic provides at-a-glance elements, detailing the presidential candidates’ fund-raising efforts in the Philadelphia area.

News Photo

FIRST PLACE
Kim Weimer, Bucks County Courier Times
“Couple’s Love Story Comes To Tragic End”

Judge’s Comments: Simple yet strong image that tells a story. Good placement on the page

SECOND PLACE
Art Gentile, Bucks County Courier Times
“A Final Farewell”

Judge’s Comments: Strong composition of moment

THIRD PLACE
Gian Luiso, The Intelligencer
“Mail Goes Up In Smoke”

Judge’s Comments: Good fire photo; it’s something different. Like the combination of truck and fire marshal with extinguisher.

Feature Photo

 

FIRST PLACE:
Steven M. Falk, Philadelphia Daily News
“Why?”

Judge’s Comments: Emotional approach to a tragic situation.

SECOND PLACE
Robert J. Gurecki, Delaware County Daily Times
“On Top of the World”

Judge’s Comments: Unusual piece of work and subject matter.

THIRD PLACE
Jeff Fusco, Philadelphia Weekly
“Life Cycle”

Judge’s Comments: Strong photo; gets your attention.

Sports Photo

FIRST PLACE
Bill Fraser, Bucks County Courier Times
“Broomall Roughs Up Yardley”
Judge’s Comments: Good capture of the “moment of impact.”

SECOND PLACE
Carl Kosola, The Intelligencer
“Upended”

Judge’s Comments: Very unusual action shot.

THIRD PLACE
Robert Gurecki, Delaware County Daily Times
“Barbieri makes most of chance at stardom”

Judge’s Comments: Good action of a stolen base.

Robert F. Fleischhauer Portrait Award

FIRST PLACE
Jeff Fusco, Philadelphia Weekly
“His Best Shot”

Judge’s Comments: Strong portrait; good use of limited field regarding background.

SECOND PLACE
Jeff Fusco, Philadelphia Weekly
“Whets Up With”

Judge’s Comments: Dramatic lighting—held up well in published form.

THIRD PLACE
Jeff Fusco, Philadelphia Weekly
“Gun Love”

Judge’s Comments: Effective photo. Makes you wonder about story’s subject matter.

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