Register-Guard Earns Journalism Awards

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Byline: The Register-Guard

The Register-Guard won 14 awards, including two first-place prizes, in the Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest presented by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Winners were announced Saturday night in Lake Oswego.

The competition is between daily newspapers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska for work published in 2003. The Register-Guard competes with the region's largest newspapers, with daily circulation above 65,000.

Reporter Randi Bjornstad won first place in social issues reporting for her series documenting the decision of Dr. Allison Willeford to choose physician-assisted suicide. Willeford died Oct. 23 of kidney cancer after he ended the dialysis treatments that had kept him alive.

Also taking first place, for editorial writing, was associate editor Paul Neville.

Second-place awards went to:

Reporter Diane Dietz, in government reporting, for "Old growth money," an analysis of campaign contributions that showed timber families apply the biggest muscle to politics in Lane County.

Reporter Sherri Buri McDonald and team leader Christian Wihtol, in business reporting, for coverage of Sony's decision to shut down its compact disc plant in Springfield's Gateway area after just eight years of operation.

Reporter Mark Baker, in sports news, for the story of Max Conradt of Yachats, who suffered a severe brain injury in 2001 playing football at Waldport High School, and for related reporting on football helmet safety. …