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Signal takes home collection of CNPA awards

Posted: May 3, 2014 4:25 p.m.
Updated: May 3, 2014 4:25 p.m.

This photo by Dan Watson of Valencia Lakeshore Condominiums resident Sandi Cates received a first-place award for feature photography.

Signal Multimedia took home four awards, including top honors for enterprise reporting and feature photography, in an annual competition, the California Newspaper Publishers Association announced Saturday.

The Signal’s sports team: Editor Cary Osborne, Assistant Editor Dan Agnew, Staff Writer Jon Stein and contributor Alex Nieves — won first place in enterprise reporting for the series “The Almighty Dollar.”  

The idea of the series was to examine the influence of money in sports.

“I’m very, very proud of this,” Osborne said Saturday. “I think this is one of the biggest accomplishments we’ve had as a sports department.”

Osborne also received a second-place award for his sports piece “Listening to Those in Need.”

That article, published in June 2013, told the story of Hart High School student and basketball player Kailie Kennedy.

Signal Photo Editor Dan Watson received a first-place award for feature photography for his photograph that appeared in an August 2013 edition of The Signal.

That photo showed Valencia resident Sandi Cates next to an approximately 11-foot-tall sunflower that sprouted outside her home.

Signal Multimedia also received a second-place award for special section for the September 2013 “Filming Issue” of the Santa Clarita Valley Business Journal. Major contributors to that section include Business Editor Jana Adkins, Special Sections Editor Kirsten Quinn and Director of Creative and Digital Interactive Kevin Smith.

“I am very proud of our editorial team. These were wide wins in categories from sports to business. It shows the strength of Signal coverage across the board,” said Signal Multimedia Executive Editor/Supervising Producer Jason Schaff. “For a sports series to win first place in the Enterprise Reporting category, which is generally dominated by traditional news coverage, is unusual and quite an achievement.”

Signal Multimedia also received a pair of Blue Ribbon Finalist recognitions, signifying that an entry was among the top four finalists in a judged category.

One of those went to City Editor Lila Littlejohn for her story “When Everybody was a Cowboy” about the life of Rudolph Cordova and the Cordova family in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The other went to a team of Osborne, Agnew, Stein and Creative Services Designer Christy Shewmake for their work on The Signal’s 2013 Football Preview.


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