NAJA announces 2009 award winners

The Native American Journalists Association announced their 2009 award winners at this years (25th annual) convention which took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico July 30th – August 1st.

And the award goes to…

Associate Awards
1st Place: Jason Stein, Wisconsin State Journal, “Down to a Whisper”
2nd Place: Cindy Yurth, Navajo Times, “No Relief”
3rd Place: Cindy Yurth, Navajo Times, “Operation Firewater”

Best Column Daily/Weekly Category
1st Place: Steve Russell, Indian Country Today, “Confessions of a Presumed Terrorist”
2nd Place: Charles Trimble, Indian Country Today, “Let Go the Chains of Victimhood”
3rd Place: Kara Briggs, Indian Country Today, “New Track for Indian Health”

Best Column Monthly/Bi-Monthly Category
1st Place: Deborah Locke, Fond du Lac News, “More Rez Adventures with the Indian Scout”
2nd Place: Travis Snell, Cherokee Phoenix, “US Senate Sees the Light”
3rd Place: Christina Good Voice, Cherokee Phoenix, “Perils of Pay Day Loans”

Best Editorial
1st Place: Randi Rourke, Indian Country Today, “A Shining Moment”
2nd Place: Randi Rourke, Indian Country Today, “An Ounce of Prevention”
3rd Place: Jordan Standup, The Eastern Door, “Harper Apology: Too Little, Too Late?”

Best Environmental Story
1st Place: Mary Annette Pember, Tribal College Journal, “Red Road to Green”
2nd Place: Brent Merrill, Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians, “Fuel Spill Leads to Nesting Ground”
3rd Place: Nathan Wisneski, Kalihwisaks Newspaper, “Wind May Be Turning On Lights”

Best Feature Story Daily/Weekly Category
1st Place: Jan-Mikael Patterson, Navajo Times, “Beat Still Strong After 25 Years”
2nd Place: Rob Capriccioso, Indian Country Today, “Indigenous Grandmas Nearly Kicked Out of Vatican”
3rd Place: Steve Bonspiel, The Eastern Door, “Trapped Inside Her Own Body”

Best Feature Story Monthly/Bi-Monthly Category
1st Place: Deborah Krol, Voices Heard: Journal of the Heard Museum “Border Dwellers”
2nd Place: Travis Snell, Cherokee Phoenix, “Art Act In Effect”
3rd Place: Shannon Shaw, Osage News, “Indian Country Responding”

Best Layout Broadsheet Category
1st Place: Indian Country Today, Ken Polisse Jr., Managing Editor
2nd Place: Navajo Times, Duane Beyal, Editor
3rd Place: Cherokee Phoenix, Travis Snell, Assistant Editor

Best Layout Magazine Category
1st Place: Say Magazine, Leslie Lansbury, Publisher
2nd Place: Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education (TCJ), Walt Pourier, Creative Designer
3rd Place: National Indian Education Association, Michael Woestehoff, Membership/Communication

Best Layout Newsletter/Tabloid Category
1st Place: Fond du Lac News, Deborah Locke, Editor
2nd Place: Confederated Umatilla Journal (CUJ), Wil Phinney, Editor
3rd Place: Osage News, Shannon Shaw, Interim Editor

Best News Story Daily/Weekly Category
1st Place: Marley Shebala, Navajo Times, “Stiffed By The Speaker?”
2nd Place: Jason Begay, Navajo Times, “Plenty of Blame in BCDS Boondoggle”
3rd Place: Rob Capriccioso, Indian Country Today, “Native Press Lacks Equal Access to Presidential Campaigns”

Best News Story Monthly/Bi-Monthly Category
1st Place: Christina Good Voice, Cherokee Phoenix, “Rising Fuel Costs Hit Citizens”
2nd Place: Travis Snell, Cherokee Phoenix, “Councilor Wrongly Barred Phoenix Video”
3rd Place: Jami Custer, Cherokee Phoenix, “Cherokee Nation Studies Hasting’s Management”

Best Photo Feature Category
1st Place: Dallas Dick, CTUIR-CUJ, “Waiting and Watching Roundup”
2nd Place: Will Chavez, Cherokee Phoenix, “Area Schools Compete in Stickball Tournament”
3rd Place: Yvonne Kaquatosh, Kalihwisaks Newspaper, “Smoke Dancers”

Best Photo News Category
1st Place: Leigh T. Jimmie, Navajo Times, “Treaty”
2nd Place: Donovan Quintero, Navajo Times, “Bootlegger Bust”
3rd Place: Paul Natonabah, Navajo Times, Butchering”

Best Photo Sports Category
1st Place: Donovan Quintero, Navajo Times, “Junior Rodeo”
2nd Place: Paul Natonabah, Navajo Times, “Rubber Neck”
3rd Place: Donovan Quintero, Navajo Times, “Kick”

Best Sports Story
1st Place: Candace Begody, Navajo Times, “Ride Town”
2nd Place: Cindy Yurth, Navajo Times, “Champion Sisters”
3rd Place: Jason Begay, Navajo Times, “Skins Game”

General Excellence Daily/Weekly Category
1st Place: Navajo Times, Duane Beyal, Editor
2nd Place: Kalihwisaks Newspaper, Dawn Walshinshi, Managing Editor
3rd Place: The Cherokee One Feather, Scott M. Brings Plenty, Reporter

General Excellence News Print Category
1st Place: Cherokee Phoenix, Travis Snell, Assistant Editor
2nd Place: Confederated Umatilla Journal (CUJ), Wil Phinney, Editor
3rd Place: Fond du Lac News, Deborah Locke, Editor

General Excellence Magazine Category
Say Magazine, Leslie Lansbury, Publisher

General Excellence Website Category
1st Place: Lakota Country Times
2nd Place: Kalihwisaks Newspaper, Steven Gandy, Senior Photographer/Reporter
3rd Place: Oneida Indian Nation, Jim Heins, Editorial Services Director

Richard LaCourse Award
Marley Shebala, Navajo Times, “Top Officials Not Charged”


Congratulations to all the winners!
🙂

NAJA’s Mission Statement:

The Native American Journalists Association serves and empowers Native journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and promote Native cultures.

NAJA recognizes Native Americans as distinct peoples based on tradition and culture. In this spirit, NAJA educates and unifies its membership through journalism programs that promote diversity and defends challenges to free press, speech and expression. NAJA is committed to increase the representation of Native journalists in mainstream media. NAJA encourages both mainstream and tribal media to attain the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and responsibility.

For more information about NAJA, visit their website.

-NativeJournalist

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