Tuesday, March 11, 2008 | 2 a.m.
Nine Sun journalists have won accolades from their peers across the country for excellence in health coverage, business reporting, illustrations, design, photography or online videography.
On Monday, Marshall Allen was honored by the Association of Health Care Journalists, winning second place in its national contest in the category of beat reporting for his ongoing coverage of health care.
The contest’s co-chairman, Charles Ornstein, said the category was instituted this year to honor reporters who excel week in and week out.
“Many contests, including our own, recognize groundbreaking investigative work and enterprise pieces that take months to produce. But the lifeblood of smart health coverage is solid beat reporting by journalists able to take this complicated topic and distill it for readers and viewers,” Ornstein said. “We believe it is important to recognize those reporters who consistently produce good work and hold them up as a model for others.”
First place for health beat coverage went to New York Times reporter Amy Harmon. Third place was shared by reporters from the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal.
The Sun’s gaming industry reporter, Liz Benston, was honored last week by the Press Club of Atlantic City, placing third for ongoing business coverage in the organization’s National Headliner Awards contest. In the same national contest, Sun senior multimedia producer Zach Wise won second place for a collection of his online videos that appear on the Sun’s Web site.
Founded in 1934, the National Headliners is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the news business.
First and second place awards in the business writing contest were given, respectively, to teams of reporters from Newsday, for coverage of the mortgage crisis, and the Detroit News, on what Motor City can do to win back car buyers. First and third place awards in online video went respectively to videographers for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Miami Herald.
Chris Morris, the Sun’s art director, was recognized in late February by the Society for News Design with its annual award of excellence for a portfolio of six illustrations. And designer Dave Wilson won an award of excellence for a feature page on comedian Steven Wright that was illustrated by Morris.
The Best of Newspaper Design contest drew nearly 15,000 entries from 350 newspapers worldwide.
The Sun’s photo staff placed fourth overall in the region in the National Press Photographer’s Association’s 2007 monthly clip contest. The end-of-the-year standings reflect the aggregate results of the individually judged monthly contests.
The Sun is located in the association’s Region 10, which includes newspapers in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada. The Sun competed against and finished higher than papers such as the Los Angeles Times, Arizona Republic, San Jose Mercury News, Reno Gazette-Journal and Las Vegas Review-Journal, which placed 12th.
Additionally, the Sun’s Tiffany Brown placed sixth for the year among individual photographers who participated in the monthly clip contest.