Every year around this time, Idaho's tribe of hacks and flacks gathers to honor one another for their work in journalism and PR at the annual Idaho Press Club Awards.
This year, on May 18, Boise Weekly came home with a healthy pile of accolades; and, owing to space constraints, I'll cut to the chase. In the weekly newspapers category:
Deanna Darr, Josh Gross, George Prentice, Adam Rosenlund and Sheree Whiteley won first place in the light feature category for "Guide to the Apocalypse."
News Editor George Prentice won first place in Health and Medical Reporting for "Five Weeks, as well as in Business Reporting for "Idaho Gaslands Rules Debated."
He also won first in Education Reporting for "A Private Matter" and second places in Specialty Column for his Screen stories and in Political Reporting for "Turning 18."
Staff writer Andrew Crisp won second place in Arts and Entertainment Reporting for "The Hills Have Ears," as well as being named Rookie of the Year.
Staffer Josh Gross won first place in Arts and Entertainment Reporting for "Long and Winding Road,"
I even won a little something: First place in Environmental Reporting for "The Dirty Dance" and third in Political Reporting for "Grand Old Punch-Up."
The BW staff took home some group honors as well, including first place for Online Media/Web Design and first for Special Section for the 2012 Annual Manual. The paper also took second place in general excellence.
BW freelancer Carissa Wolf walked away with first place in Crime/Courts Reporting for "Culture of Corruption," as well as second for "Cruel and Unusual." She also won second in Serious Feature for "Crimes of Hate."
Finally she won second place in Watchdog/Investigative Reporting for "Playing the Game," as well as third place for "Graduating into the Unknown."
Randy King won first place for Specialty Column, while Andrew Mentzer won first in Outdoor Feature for "River World." Finally, photographer Laurie Pearman won first for Photo Essay for "Visions of Canyon County."
For the record, it should be noted that while more than a few of these awards were won by full-time staff members at BW, almost half were earned by an exceedingly talented pool of freelancers, without whom this paper would be made lesser. Thanks to all and thanks to The Academy.