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The Signal wins 8 awards from national association

First places netted for feature writing, breaking wildfire coverage

Posted: July 17, 2008 1:30 a.m.
Updated: September 17, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Former Signal Photo Editor Bryan Kneiding's picture of a city worker walking past a gushing fire hydrant received a Third place award for Best Feature Photo from the National Newspaper Association.

The Signal’s editorial department netted eight awards this week from the National Newspaper Association, for the paper’s 2007 reporting.

The annual Better Newspapers Contest recognizes American newspapers in several circulation categories.

Assistant City Editor Katherine Geyer won First place in the Feature Series, Daily Division for her two-part series in July 2007 on local families dealing with toxic mold in their homes.

Jim Holt and Tammy Marashlian’s story titled “INFERNO!,” about the October firestorm, was awarded First place for Best Breaking News Story, Daily Division, for papers with circulation of 16,000 or less.

“Once again our talented reporters and editors have been recognized nationally for their outstanding work,” Signal Publisher Jay Harn said. “These honors prove once again that The Signal is committed to quality community journalism.”

Holt received three other awards: Second place for the Community Service Award, for his summer 2007 coverage concerning self-proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan and his visits to the Santa Clarita Valley; Third place for Best Feature Series for his two-part series last October about U Mya Win, who escaped tyranny in Burma and made a new life in Canyon Country; and an honorable mention for Best Feature Story, Daily Division, for circulation under 16,000, for his Nov. 11 story titled, “40 years later ... a return to Vietnam.”

Jim Walker, recently named The Signal’s Webcast producer, netted a Second place award in the Best Humorous Column, Daily Division, for his Feb. 9, 2007 column titled “The Valentine’s Dance.”

For a photo titled “Shear Force,” former Signal Photo Editor Bryan Kneiding received the Third place award in the Best Feature Photo, Daily Division for circulation less than 16,000.

City Editor Josh Premako received an honorable mention for his obituary of stuntman Jack Williams, in the category of Best Obituary, Daily Division.

“It’s a great day when you can tell people they won an award. But really, it’s just icing,” Premako said. “Our newsroom staff does such a great job day-in, day-out, and every day I’m proud of what they do for this community."


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