Columns Wins Two National Awards; Regional Journalism Group Adds 6 Honors Print

Columns magazine won two Silver Medals in the 2006 CASE Circle of Excellence competition, which attracts entries from more than 3,200 educational institutions in North America and Europe.

One medal was in the Best Articles of the Year category for the March 2005 cell phone article, “Wake-up Call,” written by Rob Harrill of UW News and Information. The judges praised it as “unusually candid and even daring for a university publication.” In this category, there were 265 entries. Out of the 14 winners at the Gold and Silver levels, only three came from public universities.

The other medal was in the Periodical Staff Writing category. It recognized five articles written by Editor Tom Griffin, Associate Editor Eric McHenry and Harrill. In addition to the cell phone article, the other award-winning pieces were “To Baghdad and Back,” June 2005; “Common Ground,” Sept. 2005; and two from the Dec. 2005 issue, “Masters of Disasters” and  “The Stolen Years, Part One.”

CASE is a professional organization for communications, alumni relations and development in higher education and secondary education.

Columns also won six awards in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Western Washington Pro Chapter competition. The results were announced May 20.

Griffin won a First Place Award for Education Reporting in Magazines for “Growing Pains,” March 2005. He also won an honorable mention for Social Issues Reporting in Magazines for “The Stolen Years, Part One,” Dec. 2005. McHenry won a Second Place Award for Education Reporting in Magazines for “Common Ground,” Sept. 2005. Free-lancer Scott Holter won a Third Place Award for Sports Reporting in Magazines for “Playmaker,” March 2005. UW photographers Mary Levin and Kathy Sauber won a Third Place Award for Photo Essays in Magazines for portraits in “The Stolen Years, Part One.” UW writer Peter Kelley won an honorable mention for Arts and Criticism Reporting in Magazines for “Scene Change,” March 2005.

There were more than 500 entries in the SPJ magazine/non-daily competition.