For the third consecutive year The Mail Tribune's "Our Valley" special section took home first place among the state's major newspapers in this year's Oregon Newspaper Publishers Awards.
The April 2007 section, which answered a number of often humourous questions about the Rogue Valley such as "Where is the Shady Cove in Shady Cove?" The section was a staffwide effort led by city editor Cathy Noah and was designed by news editor Robert Galvin.
In addition, Tribune reporter Mark Freeman took home first place for his story detailing the calories in food sold at last year's Jackson County Fair.
The Mail Tribune competes with statewide newspapers with circulations of 25,001 or more. This group includes The Oregonian in Portland and the Register-Guard in Eugene.
The Ashland Daily Tidings nabbed four first-place awards for best page one design, best sports story, best news photograph and best feature story. The Tidings competes with newspapers with a circulation of 10,000 or fewer.
Other awards collected by Mail Tribune staffers and contributors include:
- Best Section or Inside Page Design: third place, Sarah Brown, Steve Dieffenbacher and Bob Pennell for a feature design about eggs.
- Best Special Section: second place, the Oregon Outdoors Magazine.
- Best Education Coverage: second place, Paris Achen for her story about autistic children.
- Best Sports Story: third place, Tim Trower for his story of a South Medford football player dealing with the death of his mother.
- Best Sports Photograph: third place, Jamie Lusch, for his shot of soccer players battling for the ball.
- Best News Photograph: second place, Jim Craven for his shot of a man shouting at police during a stand-off; third place, Bob Pennell, for his shot of an Ashland librarian weeping at the closing of the county's libraries.
- Best Religion Coverage: second place, Sanne Specht for her story of a reverend selling off pages of a 400-year-old Bible to fund repairs to his church.
- Best Personality Feature Story: third place, Mark Freeman, for his profile of Downtown Dan.
- Best Editorial: second place, Gary E. Nelson and third place, Robert L. Hunter.
- Best Editorial Page: third place, Gary E. Nelson, dealing with the future of Jackson County's libraries.
- Best Writing: third place, Mark Freeman, for his stories about local hunting and fishing.