Some big wins—and one big loss

Hacks, flacks and assorted members of the chattering classes gathered April 25 at The Owyhee for the Idaho Press Club Best of 2014 Annual Awards banquet, and Boise Weekly came home with a hefty pile of accolades in the weekly newspaper category.

In total, BW won 12 awards, including eight first-place entries for general news story, watchdog/investigative report, serious feature report, outdoor feature, health/medical reporting, arts and entertainment reporting, political reporting and business reporting. We nabbed second place in watchdog/investigative report, as well as second and third in arts and entertainment for a full sweep of the category. Our Annual Manual, meanwhile, took third place for special section.

Kudos go to News Editor George Prentice, Associate Editor Amy Atkins, staffers Harrison Berry and Jessica Murri, and freelancer Ben Schultz for their stellar work in 2014.

Of note is that four of this year's first-place stories were published with help from the BW Watchdogs program, which uses reader-submitted financial contributions to fund long-form, investigative journalism. Since it was launched in 2013, eight BW Watchdogs-supported pieces have earned first-place Idaho Press Club awards.

BW would like to again thank those who have contributed to the Watchdogs program and dedicate a portion of our success at this year's awards to those readers who have helped us continue offering in-depth, challenging reporting. Go to boiseweekly.com/boise/BWWatchdogs/Page to learn how you can contribute.

In much sadder news, by now most regular BW readers know of the passing of Molly Hill, a well-known local artist and longtime BW cover art contributor who was also the mother of our beloved Associate Editor Amy Atkins. Amy is away from the office right now, but wanted to let everyone know that a service for Molly has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.), Saturday, May 2 at Our Lady of the Rosary, 1500 E. Wright St., in Boise. Any and all are welcome.

Our thoughts are, and will continue to be, with Amy and her family.

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