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July 14th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Online Deadline Reporting

Deadline Reporting (Affiliated) WINNER: STAFF, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH “Kirkwood City Hall Shootings” Shortly after 7 p.m. Feb. 7, Charles Lee “Cookie” Thornton burst into a city council meeting in Kirkwoord, Mo., pulled a handgun from his coat and began shooting. As people tried to take cover or flee, he moved swiftly across the room, firing.


July 14th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Online Non-Deadline Reporting

Non-Deadline Reporting (Affiliated) WINNER: STAFF, LOS ANGELES TIMES “Mexico Under Siege” Thousands of civilians have been killed indiscriminately. Kidnapping, torture and brutality are rampant. The population in key combat zones lives in terror, and the president has said his country is at war.


July 14th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Online Investigative Reporting

Investigative Reporting (Affiliated) WINNER: CHRISTINE YOUNG, JOHN PERTEL, CHRISTOPHER MELE & PATRICK MULLEN, TIMES HERALD-RECORD “I Didn’t Do That Murder” Lebrew Jones, a mentally disabled security guard, was convicted in 1989 on the basis of a nonsensical statement he gave police after 20 hours of questioning without a lawyer.


July 14th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Online Public Service Journalism

Public Service in Online Journalism (Affiliated) WINNER: THE OKLAHOMAN “Your Right to Know/Know It Series” “You have cancer.” The words take your breath away, say those who have heard them. The shock seems surreal. Time stops and yet races by, they say.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winner: Newspaper Editorial Writing

Editorial Writing WINNER: JOHN P. MCCORMICK, MARIE DILLON & BRUCE DOLD, CHICAGO TRIBUNE “The Illinois Culture of Political Sleaze” It has been three days since Gov. Rod Blagojevich was named in a criminal complaint that sets out charges of audacious behavior, including a campaign to sell a U.S.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Television Public Service

Public Service in Television (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service) WINNER: “CBS EVENING NEWS, WEEKEND EDITION” “AIDS in the African American Community” This story originated after the release of a report by a Southern-based AIDS advocacy group, indicating that Southern states, particularly rural and minority communities, are hard-hit by AIDS.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winner: Newspaper Washington Correspondence

Washington Correspondence WINNER: DAVID BARSTOW, THE NEW YORK TIMES “Message Machine” Records and interviews show how the Bush administration has used its control over access and information in an effort to transform the analysts into a kind of media Trojan horse — an instrument intended to shape terrorism coverage from inside the major TV and radio networks.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winner: Newspaper Foreign Correspondence

Foreign Correspondence WINNER: CLIFFORD J. LEVY, THE NEW YORK TIMES “Kremlin Rules” In a nine-part series, “Kremlin Rules,” Clifford J. Levy, Moscow bureau chief at The New York Times, documented the lengths to which Russia under Vladimir Putin has smothered political opposition, silenced independent voices and centralized control over large swaths of the economy.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winner: General Column Writing

General Column Writing WINNER: JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY, MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS The Pentagon says that if you offer more realistic college benefits, too many troops might decide to leave at the end of their enlistments and take advantage of it. And that, they say, would only make it even harder to find and enlist enough recruits to man our wars.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winner: Newspaper Sports Column Writing

Sports Column Writing WINNER: SALLY JENKINS, THE WASHINGTON POST Beijing has its splendors: ambrosial pear juice and duck skin in coarse sugar, ancient gnarled cypresses, bending willow trees, palaces with concealed courts, and sprawling districts in which nationalities blend into a worldly sauntering crowd.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Newspaper Public Service Circulation

Public Service Circulation (Circulation 100,000+) WINNER: THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH “Test of Convictions” He started with a bowl of lobster bisque and worked his way down the menu at Mitchell’s Steakhouse. Next up was filet mignon wrapped in bacon, a baked potato, french fries, corn and asparagus.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Magazine Categories

Magazine Writing WINNER: CHRISTIAN PARENTI, PLAYBOY MAGAZINE “Our Battles Joined” They killed Ajmal on Easter Sunday. I was at home in Brooklyn when it happened. My girlfriend was away, and I had slept in, awaking alone to the peaceful springtime view of the backyards on my block.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Photography

Breaking News Photography WINNER: PATRICK FARRELL, THE MIAMI HERALD “A People in Despair: Haiti’s Year Without Mercy” In 2008, The Miami Herald repeatedly dispatched photographer Patrick Farrell to Haiti, which bore the brunt of the Atlantic hurricane season. In fact, he was there the night Hurricane Ike, the fourth storm to hit Haiti in a month, re-flooded the already overwhelmed country, swallowing lives and homes.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Editorial Cartoons and Informational Graphics

Editorial Cartooning WINNER: CHRIS BRITT, THE STATE JOURNAL REGISTER “Chris Britt’s cartoons stood out from the field for their fearlessness — always the quintessential job requirement for a political cartoonist,” judges said. “Deploying a variety of structural and compositional methodologies, Britt invariably presents points of view that are simultaneously contrarian and obvious — the latter due to his straightforward approach to building an argument, often with multiple panels.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winner: Newsletter Journalism

Public Service in Newsletter Journalism WINNER: INSIDE WASHINGTON PUBLISHERS “EPA Rollback on Drinking Water Protections” One of the untold stories of the Bush administration is its weakening of public health protections in the event of a nuclear attack. This series of exclusive articles uncovered and then detailed the potential impacts of the U.S.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winner: Research about Journalism

Research About Journalism WINNER: MINABERE IBELEMA “The African Press, Civic Cynicism, and Democracy” PULBISHED BY PALGRAVE MACMILLAN Whereas the African press had been ambivalent in its support of democracy, it has now decidedly embraced it and is valiantly defending it,” author Minabere Ibelema said.