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Sent on Mormon-News: 27Apr00

Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS-owned Media Win SPJ Awards
(Denver Rocky Mountain News wins SPJ award for Columbine coverage)
Akron OH Beacon-Journal (AP) 26Apr00 B3

GREENCASTLE, INDIANA -- The staff of The Deseret News and the news staff of KSL-TV both won 1999 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for Excellence in Journalism. The Society of Professional Journalists announced the awards Wednesday. The contest drew 1,316 entries in 44 categories.

The Deseret News' staff was recognized in the category of Deadline Reporting (Circulation less than 100,000) for its coverage of the shootings in the LDS Family History Library last summer. Deseret News reporter Lois Collins also won for her series "Generations of Tears," about four generations of a family suffering from Huntington's disease.

KSL's news staff won its award in the Spot News Coverage (Network/Top 40 Markets) category for its coverage of the tornado that hit Salt Lake City last August, the only recorded tornado in the city's history.

"These awards recognize the best and the brightest, work that we should all be proud of," said SPJ President Kyle Niederpruem. The awards will be presented October 26-28 at the group's national convention, to be held in Columbus, Ohio.

One other award given by the SPJ touched on an LDS personality. The Los Angeles Times' media critic David Shaw was given an award in the Non- Deadline Reporting (Circulation 100,000 or greater) category for his coverage of the so-called Staples affair. Entitled, "Crossing the Line -- Behind the Staples Affair," the coverage analyzed the Times' decision to share profits from its coverage of the new Staples Center arena in Los Angeles with the arena.

The decision involved LDS church member Mark Willes, CEO of the Times' parent company, Times-Mirror, and may have led to the board's decision to sell Times-Mirror out from under Willes.

For more information about the awards see:

The 1999 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for Excellence in Journalism


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