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