Post-Record nabs reporting award

Newspaper wins runner-up award for ‘spot news’ in competitive Society of Professional Journalists contest

Journalists from across the region gathered at Kells Irish Pub in downtown Portland on Thursday, June 21, to celebrate the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) 2017 Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest winners.

The Post-Record was honored to win a runner-up award in the “spot news” category for a Nov. 16, 2017 article about the Camas paper mill’s sudden downsizing, “Camas paper mill to cut hundreds of jobs,” by Kelly Moyer.

The Post-Record’s sister paper, The Columbian, took home nearly a dozen awards for reporting, photography, design and editorial/commentary writing.

Competition was stiff, with more than 2,000 entries from media outlets in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

The Post-Record’s category, for news outlets with 15 or fewer editorial staffers, included submissions from journalists throughout the five-state area, including several award winners from media outlets like InvestigateWest, a nonprofit, public-service journalism group that took home this year’s prestigious Bruce Baer Award for investigative reporting; and from the Malheur Enterprise, a community newspaper in eastern Oregon owned and operated by former Oregonian reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Les Zaitz that has been proving even the smallest newspaper can still produce quality, award-winning investigative journalism.

The SPJ’s Western Washington Pro chapter and Oregon Territory chapter sponsored the contest, and SPJ chapter members in Chicago and Connecticut judged the entries for a winner and a runner-up. There were no third-place awards or honorable mentions.

For a full list of winners, visit