2010 Excellence in Journalism Awards

Society of Professional Journalist Hawaii Chapter

The 2010 Excellence in JournalismSociety of Professional Journalist Hawaii Chapter Awards was held last night at the UH Manoa Grand Ballroom

Some 354 entries were judged by members of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Here are the results

ALL MEDIA

A101

Column Writing or Blog/News

First Place

“Hey There, Mr. New Media Guy”

Ilima Loomis

Maui News

Finalists

“Three Deputies Give New Meaning to the Term Shield Law”

John Temple

Honolulu Civil Beat

“If You Can’t Stand the Heat”

John Heckathorn

Honolulu Magazine

A201

Column Writing or Blog/Features or Sports

First Place

“Pro surfer grabs attention for different reasons”

Diane Ako, Tracy Arakaki, Anthony Walsh, Taires Hiranaka, Chris McDonough

Staradvertiser.com

Finalists

“Hawaii Dive-O: A Revisionist View of the Beloved Cop Show”

Chad Blair

Honolulu Civil Beat

“Diamond Head Tennis Center gets some long-awaited TLC”

Barb Hanson Forsyth

Hawaii Independent

A301

Government Reporting

First Place

“Civil Beat Conclusion: Honolulu Rail Report ‘Shoddy,’ ‘Biased’ – and Right?”

Michael Levine

Honolulu Civil Beat

Finalists

“Tough Love”

Tiffany Hill

Honolulu Magazine

“Exclusive: Federal Contract Preferences – A Boon For Native Hawaiian-Owned Companies”

Jim Dooley

Hawaii Reporter

A401

Breaking News Reporting

First Place

“Human Trafficking Indictment”

Keoki Kerr

KITV

Comments: Stellar coverage, from background coverage to the breaking the sting followed by the surrender.

Finalists:

“November General Election

Civil Beat staff

Honolulu Civil Beat

Comments: Amazing use of live blogging, followed by informative pieces on what the results will mean.

“Civil unions veto”

Civil Beat staff

Honolulu Civil Beat

A501

Health Reporting

First Place

“Caught In Between”

Jana Wolff

Honolulu Magazine

Comments: Good mixture of statistics and examples. Interesting to read.

Finalists

“Aloha Stadium Food Booths Go 2+ Years With No Inspections”

Keoki Kerr

KITV

“The Pursuit of Pakalolo”

Tiffany Hill

Honolulu Magazine

A601

Sports Reporting

First Place

“Outside the Octagon”

Peter Serafin

Honolulu Magazine

Comments: Best sports feature among several very good ones. Very good writing in an excellent package.

Finalists

“UConn walks to title”

Matthew Carroll

Maui News

Comments: Best sports event reporting. This is what event reporting should be.

“Red-letter day”

Matthew Carroll

Maui News

Comments: Very good sports event reporting. I especially liked the lead and how it was supported during the remainder of the story.

General comment: “Most of these were very good sports stories, making it difficult to select the best. I found it especially tricky to choose between sports features and sports event reporting.”

A701

Arts/Entertainment Reporting

First Place

“100 Years of Hawaiian Music”

Michael Keany

Honolulu Magazine

Comments: Very complete, makes you want to read more.

Finalists

“Can You Dig It?”

Michael Shapiro, Julia Steele, David Thompson

Hana Hou!

Comments: Really captures the flavor of the person.

“Photo op”

Rick Chatenever

Maui News

A801

Editorial

First Place

” Play courts over wages for workers? What’s up?”

David Bock

Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Comments: This editorial was succinct, yet long enough to effectively call local government out. The editorial has a great mix of facts and voice.

Finalists

“From These Parts”

Kathryn Drury Wagner

Honolulu Magazine

Comments: This editorial addresses a touchy topic, but the writer was able to accomplish it gracefully. She eloquently raises the question, “What does ‘local’ look like?” drawing examples from her everyday life.

“Internet Press Vulnerable After WikiLeaks”

Civil Beat Editorial Board

Pierre Omidyar, Randy Ching, Sara Lin, John Temple

Honolulu Civil Beat

Comments: Great topic for an online paper to tackle. Raises important questions for both print and online journalists through the lens of the WikiLeaks “scandal.”

A901

Editorial Cartoon/Illustration

First Place

“Night Ranger”

Leigh Morrison, Kunio Hayashi, Michael Furuya, Samuel Lee

Hana Hou!

Comments: Magnificent art.

Finalists

“The Smart Grid”

Andrew Catanzariti

Hawaii Business

Comments: Engaging, though not as detailed as one would like.

“The Awful Office”

Carlo Carbajal

Hawaii Business

Comments: Amusing.

A102

Informational Graphic

First Place

“The Smart Grid”

Andrew Catanzariti

Hawaii Business

Comments: Graphics and text compliment each other well to present a great informational graphic.

Finalists

“Tourism, Big Companies Lead Hawaii’s Recovery, BOSS Survey”

Jen Tadaki Catanzariti

Hawaii Business

Comments: A ton of information presented clearly.

“Big Demands, Big Rewards”

Jen Tadaki Catanzariti

Hawaii Business

Comments: This graphic is visually appealing, but I do not see how it adds to the content information.

A202

News Photography

First Place

“Civil Unions”

Katherine Poythress

Honolulu Civil Beat

Comments: A good capture of an emotional moment.

Finalists

“Sister of soldier: ‘He’s Everybody’s Hero’ ”

Amanda Cowan

Maui News

Comments: A good illustration of the family’s pain.

“Storm batters container ship”

Richard Ambo

The Honolulu Advertiser

Comments: Technically proficient shot that illustrates the power of a storm.

A302

Feature Photography

First Place

“Victory”

John Hook

Honolulu Civil Beat

Comments: This picture tells a story of victory better than any I’ve judged this spring.

Finalists:

“Bugs in the System”

Olivier Koning

Honolulu Magazine

Comments: A very good and consistent illustration package.

“A glorious end to a day of fun at the beach”

Amanda Cowan

Maui News

Comments: Great sunset shot.

A402

Sports Photography

First Place

“The Ultimate Wave”

Leigh Morrison, Kunio Hayashi, Dana Edmunds, Samuel Lee, Michael Shapiro

Hana Hou!

Comments: Far and away the superior photography in this category.

Finalists

“Hilo, Waiakea all knotted up”

William Ing

Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Comments: A bit of clever visual wit; helpful to the headline desk.

“Kentucky’s Terrence Jones soars for a dunk

Matthew Thayer

Maui News

Comments: Nice catch on the facial expression.

A502

Photo Essay

First Place

“Realm of Air and Water”

Wayne Levin, Kristin Lipman

Honolulu Magazine

Comments: The decision to use black-and-white heightens our understanding of how stark this place is.

Finalists

“Adventures in Coffeeland”

Leigh Morrison, Kunio Hayashi, Elyse Butler, Samuel Lee

Hana Hou!

Comments: Gorgeous process imagery.

Civil Unions: Photos of A Day of Drama

Katherine Poythress

Honolulu Civil Beat

Comments: A bit predictable in shot selection, but very strong capture of emotion.

General comments: “This was close, but the spareness of the wildlife photos gave them the edge.”

A602

Special Section or Program

First Place

“Celebrate Hula – A guide to the 47th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival”

David Bock, Peter Sur, Meg Premo, William Ing, John Burnett

Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Finalists

“Tipoff: A preview of the EA Sports Maui Invitational”

Robert Collias, Brad Sherman, Matthew Carroll, Stefanie Nakasone, Bob Turner

Maui News

“Tsunami: 50 Years Later”

David Bock, Peter Sur, Meg Premo

Hawaii Tribune-Herald

A702

Investigative Reporting

First Place

“Aloun Farm Owners, Thai Labor Recruiter, Await Sentencing for Forced Labor Violations; Hawaii’s Influential Government and Banking Officials Back Defendants in Court”

Malia Zimmerman

Hawaii Reporter

Finalists

“Road to Riches”

Nanea Kalani, Sara Lin

Honolulu Civil Beat,

Maui County Sewage Plants Pollute Waters at Popular Beaches

Patricia Tummons

Environment Hawai’i

A802

Public Service Reporting

First Place

“Road to Riches”

Nanea Kalani, Sara Lin

Honolulu Civil Beat

Comments: This was watchdog journalism at its finest. The heart of a good public service entry is taxpayer money and the “Roads to Riches” series was just that.

Finalists

“Monsanto’s new Omega-3 soybean: Healthy or hazardous?”

Samson Reiny

Hawaii Independent

Comments: After reading this, I imagine many readers wanted to go out and plant a garden of their own, if only they knew the right seeds to use. The author did a great job explaining a very science-oriented topic in laymen’s terms.

“Civil Beat Conclusion: Honolulu Rail Report ‘Shoddy,’ ‘Biased’ – and Right?”

Michael Levine

Honolulu Civil Beat

Comments: This series illustrated the problems a railway would bring to Hawaii. After reading this, I’m convinced that the Civil Beat did more legwork to answering the tough questions of funding and logistics than the people in charge of putting a railway in.

General comments: There was not a lack of talent in this category. To tally up the amount of research time spent on this category would leave you with an inaccurate number, because it would not be high enough. Kudos to the standout journalists of Hawaii. This category exemplified the journalistic talent that your state has.

DAILY NEWSPAPER

D101

Spot News Reporting

First Place

“Wife stabbed on Bayfront”

John Burnett

Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Finalists

“Maui calm as waves roll in”

Staff

Maui News

“Island ‘Dodged a Bullet’ – Tsunami reaches Hawaii’s waters”

Staff

Hawaii Tribune-Herald,

D201

General News/Enterprise Reporting

First Place

“Hawaii’s infested wiliwili trees being rescued by African wasp”

Robbie Dingeman, Andrew Shimabuku, Martha Hernandez

The Honolulu Advertiser

Finalists

“So many excuses”

Erin Miller

West Hawaii Today

“Windmills a source of green power, conflict”

Ilima Loomis

Maui News

D301

Feature Writing/Short Form

First Place

“Swan song for shoe man”

Jason Armstrong

Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Finalists

From Paris, with love”

Colin Stewart

Hawaii Tribune-Herald

“The Ninety-Nines”

Kim Eaton

West Hawaii Today

D401

Feature Writing/Long Form

First Place

“Remembering the day when Waiakea town was destroyed”

Peter Sur

Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Comments: Feature allows the personality of the town and people to shine.

Finalists

“Pu’ukohola Heiau”

Kekoa Enomoto

Maui News

“Ram Dass: Right here, right now”

Rick Chatenever

Maui News

D501

Feature Page Design

First Place

“Tsunami: 50 years later”

Meg Premo

Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Comments: Effective use of photos, old and new. Good use of white space; good balance of text and graphics. I appreciate that the presentation was broken into several stories, plus text boxes and graphics. Eye-catching.

Finalists

“Red-letter day”

Brad Sherman

Maui News

Comments: Choice of red for the L in the headline provides a good emphasis. The lead photo is strong. The color of the two info boxes echo the floor and leg color, bringing color in the text without the distraction of adding another color. I would have preferred one of the two tan info boxes to be further to the right; the right side is a bit too gray.

“Core connections”

Jackie Carberry

Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Comments: Overall good design, but I would have chosen another photo for the lead. The photo of the two Rodriguez boys together would have done more to illustrate the siblings supporting siblings theme of the story. The use of photos of several children was a good choice, as was keeping photos about the same size. Likewise, keeping all photos b/w was a good decision; a mixture would have been distracting.

I101

Online News Reporting

“Thai Workers Forced into Labor at Oahu Farm Wait for Justice”

Malia Zimmerman

Hawaii Reporter

Comments: Good in-depth coverage of a human rights issue.

Finalists

“Hawaii Island says goodbye to Fox’s Landing as lava re-claims beloved beach “

Jade Eckardt

Hawaii Independent

Comments: A great mix of good writing and good photographs.

Finalist

“Honolulu Real Estate”

Jenny Quill

Honolulu Magazine

Comments: Possibly the most readable articles. Could have used more large pictures considering the subject.

General comments:I wish to give Civil Beat an honorable mention for its work on the rail. (They’re the fourth one with a score of 8) It wasn’t the most readable but it had a good use of graphics. The data was just a bit too raw to place in the top three.

I201

Feature Writing

First Place

“A Pelekane Bay kind of day”

Karin Stanton

Hawaii 24/7

Finalists

“Marine powers through cancer treatment, Ironman 70.3 Hawaii”

Karin Stanton

Hawaii 24/7

“Follow that fish!”

Karin Stanton

Hawaii 24/7

I301

Best Multimedia Presentation

First Place

˜Guardrails’: Beach eviction leaves behind evidence of our struggling society”

Ikaika Hussey, Darlene Rodrigues

Hawaii Independent

I401

Best Overall News Site

Civil Beat

Honolulu Civil Beat,

Comments: Vastly superior layout with more entry points. Good content. Video link didn’t work. Had the two sites been closer this could have been issue. Webpages need to be maintained.

Finalist

The Hawaii Independent

The staff and users of The Hawaii Independent

Hawaii Independent

Comments: Good content but layout feels dated.

I501

Best News Site (1-person produced)

All Hawaii News

Nancy Cook Lauer

All Hawaii News

MAGAZINE

M101

Business Reporting

First Place

“Dispute Over Sandalwood Logging Ends Up in Bankruptcy Court”

Patricia Tummons

Environment Hawai’i

Comments: The use of public records from bankruptcy court provided a level of detail that set this story apart. The records allowed the reporter to show that neither the lender nor the borrowers were being honest in their tale of how a unique piece of land came to be exploited.

Finalists

“Building a Smart Grid

Dennis Hollier

Hawaii Business

Comments: This piece is a strong example of explanatory journalism. In lay terms, the reporter unspools the complexities of integrating Hawaii’s aggressive renewable energy portfolio with an antique grid. Strong graphics and layout aided the story.

“Saving Maui Pineapple”

John Heckathorn

HAWAI’I Magazine

Comments: Good scene-setting and crisp writing brought this story to life. More detail about why Steve Case failed and how the new owners extracted labor concessions would have made a strong story even stronger.

General Comments: “There was an impressive range of work in this category, from fine-grained numbers in the salary surveys to richly detailed stories about traditional businesses such as pineapple growing and logging.”

M201

Industry or Trade Reporting

First Place

“Feds Disburse $6.4 Million in ‘Relief’ to NWHI Fishers”

Teresa Dawson

Environment Hawai’i

Comments: Great piece of investigative journalism. The reporter systematically destroyed the rationale for a multimillion-dollar federal giveaway to undeserving lobster and bottom-fishers. Great work!

Finalists

“Adventure in Coffeeland”

Michael Shapiro, Jesse Katz, Julia Steele

Hana Hou!

Comments: This story combined the charm of a deftly written travel piece with a authoritative look at Kona’s coffee industry.

“Geothermal’s Second Chance”

Shara Enay

Hawaii Business

Comments: Thoughtful examination of how the past mistakes of geothermal operators cast a shadow over a major player in Hawaii’s renewable energy sector.

General Comments: The pieces in the section high-lighted the complexities Hawaii’s economy faces: high land prices; expensive labor and the challenges of being an island economy. Lots of good reporting.

M301

Profile

“All I Ever Wanted Was a Bar”

John Heckathorn

Honolulu Magazine

Comments: An intricate and authoritative profile by an author who obviously knows his subject well.

Finalists

“The Bird Man”

Michael Shapiro, Julia Steele

Hana Hou!

Comments: A moving portrait of a man interwoven with an educational component about his important mission.

“Our Genuises”

Sheila Sarhangi

Honolulu Magazine

Comments: A series of bite-sized profiles held together by a compelling theme.

M401

Feature Writing/Short Form

First Place

“On the Blink”

Michael Keany

Honolulu Magazine

Comments: An original subject covered with an authoritative blend of past and present.

Finalists

“Roots and Blossoms”

Julia Steele, Michael Shapiro

Hana Hou!

Comments: A touching profile of a family business that could easily have gone overlooked.

“Concierge to the Rescue”

Mariah Mellor

Hawaii Business

Comments: A great conceit delivered in an engaging and entertaining piece of journalism.

M501

Feature Writing/Long Form

First Place

“The Ultimate Wave”

Michael Shapiro

Hana Hou!

Comments: Excellent character building, evocative writing and a truly original concept, to profile a wave.

Finalists

“Hawaii’s Underground Economy”

Shara Enay

Hawaii Business

Comments: Excellent reporting and explanatory writing on a little-understood phenomenon.

“Coming Home”

Michael Keany

Honolulu Magazine

Comments: A compelling look at a tragic problem that goes seriously underreported.

M601

Page Design

First Place

“My Experience at the Best Places to Work”

Wes Funai

Hawaii Business

Finalists

“Transformers”

Wes Funai

Hawaii Business

“100 Years of Hawaiian Music”

Kristin Lipman

Honolulu Magazine

M701

Magazine Cover

“13.6 Front Cover- Gecko”

Leigh Morrison, Kunio Hayashi, Samuel Lee, David Liittschwager

Hana Hou!

Comments: A compelling photo and good placement.

Finalists

“May 2010 cover”

A. Kam Napier, Kristin Lipman

Honolulu Magazine

Comments: Nice execution, and a good solution to the annual issue problem.

HAWAII Magazine

Mae Ariola

HAWAI’I Magazine

Comments: Good motion, nice use of type.”

NEWSPAPERS

N101

Business Reporting

First Place

“‘Toxic’ mortgages crush couple’s dream”

Harry Eagar

Maui News

Comments: The writing was a bit disorganized in places, but this is a well-done look at how the national mortgage meltdown played out for one couple — it’s a story many newspapers across the U.S. would do well to emulate.

Finalists

“Hawaii revving up to era of electric cars”

Greg Wiles

The Honolulu Advertiser

Comments: A thoughtful, in-depth analysis.”

“Federal Contract Preferences – A Boon For Native Hawaiian-Owned Companies”

Jim Dooley

Hawaii Reporter

Comments: A lot of deep reporting here, but I feel like the story could have gone one step further by explaining why this matters.”

N201

News Page Design

First Place

“Election coverage front page design”

Michael Gifford

West Hawaii Today

“Front page design”

Michael Gifford

West Hawaii Today

NONDAILY NEWSPAPER

ND101

General News/Enterprise Reporting

First Place

“West Maui Health Alliance plans to regroup”

Mark Vieth

Lahaina News

Finalists

“Island Warriors Deploy to Afghanistan”

Christine Cabalo

Hawaii Marine

“Never forgotten: 3rd Marine Regiment pays tribute to 114 men”

Christine Cabalo

Hawaii Marine

ND201

Feature Writing

First Place

“Warriors Eyeing Japan”

Joe Udell

The Hawai’i Herald,

Comments: A good in depth look at the football recruiting future. This was well-written and reported.

Finalists

“MCB Hawaii volunteers serve hope”

Christine Cabalo

Hawaii Marine

Comments: Would have benefited from shortening some of the titles after first reference. It made for some clumsy paragraph in an otherwise pleasant story about an important ministry. Good job Marine.

Roi Roundup2010

Trisha Smith

Maui Weekly

Comments: An interesting story.

ND301

Community Reporting

First Place

“Despite challenges, Kahana Door of Faith Church going strong”

Louise Rockett

Lahaina News

Finalists

“Civil Unions Undecided”

Trisha Smith

Maui Weekly

“Wheelchair basketball aids in recovery”

Christine Cabalo

Hawaii Marine

RADIO

R101

General News/Enterprise Reporting

First Place

“Hawaii’s First Saint”

AARP Radio

Finalists

“Waikiki Beach Gets A Facelift”

Ben Markus

Hawaii Public Radio

“Hotel Workers Pre-Labor Day Protest”

Wayne N. Yoshioka

Hawaii Public Radio

R201

Feature Reporting

First Place

“Ukulele Festival”

Heidi Chang – Reporter and Producer,

Public Radio International’s The World

Finalists

Na Wai ‘Eha: A Series on Maui’s Four Great Waters”

Noe Tanigawa

Hawaii Public Radio

“For ‘Lost’ Fans In Hawaii, A Premiere With A View”

Ben Markus

Hawaii Public Radio

S101

Student Journalism in Any Media

First Place

“Concierge to the Rescue”

Mariah Mellor

Hawaii Business

Finalists

“One hundred thousand violated”

Chris Mikesell

University of Hawaii

“The secret life of a tracker”

Chris Mikesell

University of Hawaii

T101

Government Reporting

“Mobile Command Unit Sits Idle”

Keoki Kerr, Rex Von Arnswaldt

KITV

Comments: Government reporting beyond the press releases and press conferences. Brings the significance of government waste home. Great job!

“Councilman Rod Tam Refuses To Talk”

Keoki Kerr

KITV

Comments: Good reporting, holding public officials accountable. Good story for a day turn.

“Democratic candidates rally on final weekend before election”

Brianne Randle, Terry Sagawa

KHON2 News

T301

General News/Enterprise Reporting

First Place

“Big Island Donkeys”

Catherine Cruz, Rex Von Arnswaldt

KITV

Comments: Interesting in depth look at a big problem on the island. Beautifully shot and edited. Well written. Best example of Enterprise Reporting this year! Nice job!

Finalists

“Lead Pellets Still a Concern on Kaimalino Beach”

Brianne Randle, George Dreblow

KHON2 News

“Dozens of vehicles get cited and towed daily”

Marisa Yamane, Reid Shimizu, Kenneth Chan

KHON2 News

T401

Feature Reporting

First Place

“Poi Story”

Daryl Huff, Bob Guanzon

KITV

Comments: Great feature story. Best this year and there was some good competiton! Not only a profile of one person, but also of his mission. There was news relevance to this story rather than just being an interesting feagture story. The team did a good job putting the story together.

Fnalists

“Tales of Treasure: Searching for Shipwrecks in Hawaiian Waters”

Brianne Randle, Robert Cramer

KHON2 News

Comments: Creative, beautiful, captivating. Loved the NATS off the top, use of maps and the writing. Keeping us wondering if any treasure was found until the very end.

“The Amazing Shadrack: The Backwards Runner”

Ron Mizutani, Greg Lau

KHON2 News

Comments: Fun feature story on an unusal man. Inspiring, wonderfully told and creativly written story. Loved that the reporter let Shadrack tell his own story and did not over report.

T501

Spot News Reporting

First Place

“Waikiki Visitors React to Tsunami”

Ron Mizutani, Greg Lau

KHON2 News

Comments: Good selection of sound bites. The reporter walked the viewer though the warning and the photographer showed us. Creative use of story telling.

“Heavy Rains Wreak Havoc on Oahu”

Brianne Randle, James Kawana

KHON2 News

“Protestors Rally Against Oahu’s North Shore Shark Tours”

Brianne Randle, Justin Kanno

KHON2 News

T601

Investigative Reporting

First Place

“Pot Paradise”

Daryl Huff, Rex Von Arnswaldt

KITV

Comments: Interesting look behind the growing use of medical marijuana. Well shot, written and edited.

T701

Videography

First Place

“Pro surfer grabs attention for different reasons”

Tracy Arakaki, Diane Ako

Staradvertiser.com

Comments: Beatifully shot and creativly put together profile. Loved the surf board cam and beauty shots. One of the best videography entries these judges have seen in years.

Finalist

Pirate Fighters

Stu Ishikawa, Hans Kolo

KITV

T801

Series Reporting/Documentary/Special Program

First Place

American Samoa Revisited

Justin Kanno, Marisa Yamane

KHON2 News

Comments: Outstanding enterprise and ingenuity in finding story subjects and bringing out an emotional response through stellar stroy telling.

“Senator Daniel Inouye, American Hero, Island Son”

Ron Mizutani, Greg Lau

KHON2 News

Comments: Wonderfully put together documentary.

Haunted Hawaii

Marisa Yamane, Justin Kanno, Reid Shimizu

KHON2 News

Thank you to the judges of the contest of SPJ Region 10 Pacific Northwest:

Dave Briscoe Jen Tadaki Catanzariti Beverly Creamer Linda Dela Cruz Craig DeSilva Dennis Hollier Radley Kanda Derek Kalani Adrienne LaFrance Nancy Cook Lauer George Lee Audrey McAvoy Stirling Morita A. Kam Napier Lennie Omalza Steve Petranik Michelle Ramos Terry Rollman Jaymes Song Dave Swann John Temple Jason Ubay Lucy Young-Oda

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