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June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Newspaper investigative reporting, less than 100,000

Imagine being locked in jail, just because a scientist mislabeled a test tube. It happened to Leslie Lincoln, and the Winston-Salem Journal bailed her out. Lincoln’s story was the first part of reporter Phoebe Zerwick’s series “Crime and Science: The weight of evidence.”


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Art/Graphics, photo illustration

Bruce Ely’s photo illustration gives new meaning to an old basketball cliche about saying that a player who hustles is “all over the court.” While no player has ever literally been in different places on the floor at the same time, The Oregonian photojournalist’s “The Omnipresent Damon” gave basketball fans a chance to see what that might look like.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Online, deadline reporting, affiliated

During the murder trial of Joseph P. Smith, HeraldTribune.com kept the city of Sarasota, Fla., connected. “HeraldTribune.com became a place for the community to learn about the case and discuss what they discovered,” said Lucas Grindley, content manager of HeraldTribune.com. “A prominent tease on the home page asked readers to participate in a message board that grew to more than 500 posts.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Newspaper feature writing, over 100,000

The sound of the crash was like heavy metal doors slamming shut on the pre-dawn stillness. BANG! … BANG! … BANG! And then the morning silence returned. Within that flash of time on a two-lane Osceola Country road, the destinies of six people collided with a force that still reverberates more than three years later.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Art/Graphics, informational graphics

When Pope John Paul II died, the Los Angeles Times relied on its graphics staff to make the major metropolitan periodical’s coverage a work of art. “We were dealing with a breaking news story that was covered by newspapers, magazines and TV stations around the world, and it was a challenge to differentiate our coverage from what people would see elsewhere,” said Les Dunseith, graphics editor of the Times.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Research

Sure, journalists aren’t immune to error. But are we actually mistake-prone? According to a study by University of Oregon associate professor Scott R. Maier and University of North Carolina Knight Chair and professor Philip Meyer, journalists aren’t practicing what they preach about accuracy.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Newspaper Washington Correspondence

Like thousands of his fellow veterans of America’s wars, Alfred Brown died waiting. In 1945, when he was a 19-year-old soldier fighting in Italy, shrapnel from an enemy shell ripped into his abdomen. His wounds were so severe that he was twice administered last rites.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Radio breaking news reporting, CBS

As the eye of Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans, ears turned to CBS Radio. The staff of the news radio network immersed themselves in Katrina, making their reporting more authentic and prolific than their competition. “Our reporters visited all areas affected by this tragedy,” said CBS News in its letter to the judges.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Online, non-deadline reporting, affiliated

For the past year, Maj. Steve Beck has had an unenviable job. The marine was assigned to “casualty notification” duty. Instead of being overseas fighting off terrorists, Beck has found himself stuck in Denver fighting off tears. In the past 12 months, he has seen inside the caskets, learned each Marine’s name and nickname, touched the toys they grew up with and read the letters they wrote home.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Newspaper Foreign Correspondence

At his most desperate, when he had no more borrowed money for his son’s legal defense, Xie Yujun went to a hospital. He knew of China’s black market in body parts. He wanted to sell his eyes. He was refused. Mr.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Radio investigative reporting, New Hampshire Public Radio

I was on the unit one time. … We were eatin’, and some of the residents were exchangin’ words. … Instead of the staff tryin’ to figure out what the problem is, they say, “Is you all gonna keep woofin? Is y’all gonna fight or what?”


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Online, deadline reporting, independent

No one knows if vaccines such as Tamiflu and Relenza would provide the public the necessary protection from a possible bird flu pandemic. With uncertainty surrounding the subject, it’s imperative not to forget what the most important medicine for concerned citizens really is.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Newspaper general column writing

After reading Oregonian columnist Steve Duin’s writing, it’s hard not to get emotionally attached. “His work engages emotionally with the reader, and with the person he’s writing about. That’s what good columnists do,” said the judges. “His writing is unpretentious and doesn’t get in the way of what he’s trying to say or attract attention away from his point.”


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Radio feature reporting

And the watchers beware Lest they see it fall Paradise might laugh when at last it falls And the sewing machine The industrial god It’s the great God Bird with its altar call Yes it’s the great God Bird though it all Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister weren’t just creating an award-winning radio feature when they pieced together “The Lord God Bird.”


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Online, non-deadline reporting, independent

As women’s waistlines continue to shrink on the covers of fashion magazines and other popular publications, many people say America’s problem with anorexia is destined to grow. It remains an oft-discussed topic in our society. Critics say the media’s portrayal of women leads to self-image problems in young girls.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Newspaper sports column writing

It only seems appropriate that the work of Associated Press columnist and boxing writer Tim Dahlberg would pack a punch. “Tim Dahlberg reaches out with his pen and touches readers’ hearts and minds,” said the judges. “He seeks out sports figures other writers overlook … and tells their stories with compassion.”