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The Signal picks up NNA awards

Posted: August 7, 2012 6:02 p.m.
Updated: August 7, 2012 6:02 p.m.

The National Newspaper Association recently awarded The Signal five honors for its coverage in 2011.

The awards, all in the Daily Newspaper category, included three second-place awards and two third-place awards.

The Signal’s 9/11 Opinion page, which included remembrances from the community and the newspaper’s editorial “Today, we mourn; 9/12, we unite” won second place for Best Editorial Pages.

The editorial content reflected a good balance and good taste for the occasion, according to the judges.

The “Emotions of Sports” series developed by Sports Editor Cary Osborne, and staff writers Joey Gulino, Dan Agnew and Paul Putignano, was awarded second place for the Best Sports Feature Series.

The series, which ran from July 30-Aug. 8, 2011, was deemed by the judges to be an ambitious project with good stories connecting the science of emotion while playing on the field.

Signal columnist Jim Walker won second place in the Best Humorous Column category for his “Don’t Take Me Seriously” column titled “Oops ... Did I sing that out loud?”.  

Jim Holt earned third place in the Best Investigative Story for his story on nurses who challenged Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s “team nursing” practice. Titled “Nurses challenge staffing,” the practice of team nursing was later overturned.

The Sports section won third place in the Best Special Sports Feature category, for “The Chase: 2011 Santa Clarita Valley Football Preview.” Judges liked the unique approach to a traditional topic, the good design and photos.

There was a total of 1,954 entries from 135 member newspapers in 36 states in the NNA’s Better Newspaper Contest.

“I’m proud that our editorial staff has been recognized to such an extent on a national level,” said Jason Schaff, executive editor for The Signal. “Our reporters and editors do great work each and every day.”


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