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2007 ASNE Awards Announced for Writers, Photographers

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2007 ASNE Awards Announced for Writers, Photographers

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The 2007 winners for The American Society of Newspaper Editors' awards for distinguished writing and photography have been announced, honoring the very best newspaper journalism of the past year.

The winning entries were selected from nearly 600 submissions from news organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The awards are given for work that appeared in English-language newspapers in 2006.

The Jesse Laventhol Prizes -- which are endowed by the son of the longtime Philadelphia newspaperman -- "recognize the best deadline work and to encourage more of it," according to Laventhol's son.

The Batten Medal is given in memory of deceased newspaperman James Batten, and honors journalists whose work exhibits "compassion, courage, humanity and a deep concern for the underdog."

The Laventhol prizes carry a $10,000 cash award. All of the other award winners receive $2,500.

The prizes willl be given at a ceremony during ASNE's convention in Washington D.C., on Thursday, March 29.

A full list of the winner follows below.


Winners of the 2007 ASNE Awards are:

Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline News Reporting by an Individual-- C.J. Chivers, The New York Times. For his detailed accounts of an American medic's treatment of a member of his platoon in Iraq who was critically wounded by a sniper.

Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline News Reporting by a Team -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Staff. For coverage of a factory explosion at a complex in Milwaukee's industrial valley that killed three workers and injured 46.

Batten Medal-- Anne Hull, The Washington Post. Her five stories eloquently explored the subtle effects of the Iraq War on a range of Americans.

Commentary/Column Writing-- Ana Menendez, The Miami Herald. For columns about the Miami community, including how a local festival to celebrate Cuban history had grown into a marketing ploy.

Community Service Photojournalism Award-- Suzanne Kreiter, The Boston Globe. For a collection of photos capturing the colorful fabric of the Boston community.

Freedom Forum/ASNE Award for Distinguished Writing on Diversity-- Andrea Elliott, The New York Times. For a three-part series, "An Imam in America," penetrating the inner life of a mosque in Brooklyn and its dynamic imam. …

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