Summarized by Kent Larsen
Journalism Awards Recognize Importance of Mormon Stories
(Winners announced for regional newspaper contest)
Spokane WA Spokesman-Review 10Jun00 B6
SPOKANE, WASHINGTON -- The awards given recently by two different
professional journalism associations highlight the importance of
Mormon News items in the region and point to which news items gained
the most notoriety during 1999. The Utah-Idaho-Spokane Associated
Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists' Utah
chapter both recently recognized reporters for their efforts in
reporting during the past year.
One of the more prestigious awards given was the William H. Cowles
3rd Memorial Award. In the area of investigative or hard edge
reporting, Salt Lake Tribune reporter Christopher Smith was
recognized for his series of articles "Mountain Meadows Massacre."
The judges wrote that the articles were "fine-tuned and
well-researched reporting on a history chapter that needed to be
pulled together in a comprehensive, insightful and balanced manner."
Other awards recognized both the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News
for their coverage of the tornado that hit Salt Lake City last summer
and for the coverage of the shooting rampage at the LDS Family
History Library. In addition, Tribune reporters Peggy Fletcher Stack
and Sheila McCann were recognized for specialized reporting for their
report on sexual abuse inside religions.
The Tribune's Humor columnist Robert Kirby was also honored for his
column "Mormon Baptisms, Pistol Test, Chocolate for Cats." And Provo
Daily Herald Reviewer Eric Snider received an award for his review of
The Tribune's Bob Mims was recognized by the Society of Professional
Journalists for his article on how inactive LDS Church members view
the Church, garnering him the chapter's award for the best religion
article of the year.
Other articles recognized news stories about Polygamy and the Olympic scandal.