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SPJ Awards 

by Inlander Staff

On Saturday night in Coeur d'Alene, the Inland Northwest Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists handed out its annual awards for achievements in journalism published in 2002. Competing in the non-daily category, The Inlander took home 15 awards in all, including, for the second time, first place in the coveted "General Excellence" category. Designed to reward consistency, judges compared three consecutive issues from the entrants, which came from western Montana, Idaho and Eastern Washington. "Excellent overall presentation," was how the judge described The Inlander's issues of October 3, 10 and 17 (seen above). Here's are the rest of the awards.

General News

1st Place: Pia K. Hansen, Dan Richardson

and Ted S. McGregor Jr., "Roads to Nowhere," Feb. 14, 2002

A look at Spokane's road funding conundrum, from the local, state and federal levels

3rd Place: Ted S. McGregor Jr.,

"Downtown's Next Step," Nov. 21, 2002

An examination of the viability of middle-income-level housing developments in downtown Spokane

Government and Politics

1st Place: Ted S. McGregor Jr.,

"Valley Inc." May 9, 2002

A discussion of the issues facing Spokane Valley residents in advance of their vote to incorporate

Energy and Environmental Affairs

1st Place: Pia K. Hansen,

"Water = Power," March 7, 2002

A study of plans to tap the Spokane Aquifer to help electricity-generating plants in North Idaho

2nd Place: Jane Fritz,

"Water Warriors," Dec. 26, 2002

An overview of the questions about the impacts of a proposed new mine on the Clark Fork River, which drains into Lake Pend Oreille


1st Place: Michael Bowen,

"North Spokane Forty," Aug. 8, 2002

An inside look at the struggle to launch a semi-professional football team

3rd Place: Dan Egan,

"From the River to the Sea," May 30, 2002

A profile of Christopher Swain, the Portland, Ore., native who spent the summer swimming the length of the Columbia River

Page Design: Graphics

1st Place: Amy Sinisterra,

"Inland Northwest Lit," July 4, 2002

Art and layout to illustrate the idea of a canon of literature that belongs to the Inland Northwest

Special Sections

2nd Place: The Inlander staff,

"Talking About God," April 11, 2002

A series of essays on religion in modern life

Business and Agriculture

2nd Place: Pia K. Hansen,

"Brother Can You Spare a Job?" Dec. 5, 2002

An analysis of the issues facing the communities of the Inland Northwest as they attempt to improve their standards of living

General Columns

3rd Place: Ted S. McGregor Jr.,

"Worthy Role Models," July 11, 2002

An appreciation of the risks taken by Walt and Karen Worthy, saviors of the historic Davenport Hotel

Criminal Justice

2nd Place: Dan Richardson,

"Felonious Love," May 30, 2002

An exploration of the question of "How young is too young?" -- about an Eastern Washington girl who started a relationship with an older man she met on the Internet and the criminal case that followed

3rd Place: Pia K. Hansen,

"The Name Game," Oct. 3, 2002

An investigation of the problem of identity theft

Science and Health

3rd Place: Dan Egan,

"Terror Busters," June 13, 2002

A look inside GenPrime, a Spokane company that has developed a product to weed out false alarms from real threats when it comes to bioterrorism n

Publication date: 05/15/03

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