“San Diego Free Press” Takes Home 9 Professional Journalism Awards

by on July 25, 2016 · 4 comments

in Culture, Media, San Diego

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From left to right: Norma Damashek, Doug Porter, Bob Dorn, Barbara Zaragoza, Maria Garcia, Annie Lane, Horacio Jones, Rich Kacmar, and Anna Daniels

Editor: Our prodigy media project, the San Diego Free Press has something to be very proud about; they just brought home nine awards from the San Diego Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists last week.

Many of the volunteer writers who won awards have their articles re-posted here at the OB Rag. (OB Rag editors sit on the editorial board of the SDFP.) Here is the report:

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As we enter our fourth year here at the San Diego Free Press, there could be no greater gift than to be the platform that allows eight volunteer writers worthy recognition among a Society of Professional Journalists. We are intensely proud to be working with these incredibly talented and passionate people.

The San Diego Free Press itself was also recognized for its role in online journalism.

The awards are as follows:

Norma Damashek
Daily reporting and writing: Opinion/Editorial
Civic San Diego – Like a Hole in the Head
1st Place

Bob Dorn
Daily reporting and writing: Opinion/Editorial
Losing One’s Perch on America’s Finest Tourist Plantation
3rd Place

Will Falk
Daily reporting and writing: Health Story
Returning From Darkness: National Suicide Prevention Month
3rd Place

Maria Garcia
Daily reporting and writing: Sports Story
The History of Neighborhood House in Logan Heights: Americanization through Baseball
2nd Place

Horacio Jones
Video Feature
Video: The San Diego March for Ayotzinapa
1st Place

Doug Porter
Daily Reporting and Writing: Breaking News Story
Super Sized #Fightfor15 Protests, Value Meal Press Coverage
1st Place

Doug Porter
Daily Reporting and Writing: Breaking News Story
ALEC Gets a Raucous Reception in San Diego
2nd Place

Richard Riehl
Non-Daily Reporting and Writing: Opinion/Editorial
Have You No Shame, Mr. Caruso?
1st Place

San Diego Free Press
Online News Site
2nd Place

And congrats to editor Barbara Zaragoza, who, through her own site, South Bay Compass, also took home awards for:

Website in Non-Daily Reporting and Writing: News or Feature Series
South Bay Compass: An Online Portal For All Things South Bay, San Diego
1st Place

Online, Blog in Non-Daily Reporting and Writing: News or Feature Series
South Bay Compass: An Online Portal For All Things South Bay, San Diego
2nd Place

SDFP Editor Note: In March of this year, SDFP editors Barbara Zaragoza, Doug Porter, Anna Daniels and Rich Kacmar spent a long afternoon discussing entries for this year’s SPJ awards. We submitted 35 entries from 2015 by 22 of our contributors. We believe that each and every one of those contributors provided powerful, honest commentary on issues that are important to our readers.

The SPJ judges selected 8 of those contributors for awards. We would like to recognize those other contributors for whom we also submitted entries: Ernie McCray, John Lawrence, Jeeni Crscenzo, Brent Beltrán, Jay Powell, Annie Lane, Jim Miller, Frank Gormlie, John P. Anderson, Nat Krieger, Vanessa Ceceña and Mukul Khurana. We appreciate their outstanding submissions and commitment to the San Diego Free Press.

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Avatar Micporte July 26, 2016 at 8:01 am

Many well deserved bravos, best political reporting around, best group of minds and hearts, and eyes and ears, and pens, to keep San Diegans informed. Thank you.

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Avatar South OB Girl July 26, 2016 at 8:30 am

Fantastic!!! Congratulations!!

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Avatar Lori Saldaña July 26, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Congratulations and thank you = well deserved!

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Avatar Posey July 28, 2016 at 9:59 am

Wow! Lori Saldana! Enough said! Yeah San Diego Free Press! and OB Rag! We depend on you to let us know what’s really going on. Please press on!

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