Hillsboro Tribune wins Northwest Excellence in Journalism award
The Hillsboro Tribune brought home one of the state's top journalism honors last week, claiming a prestigious award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
On Thursday, June 21, the Tribune received a second place award for general excellence from SPJ's Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest.
The award is presented to newspapers which exhibit outstanding work in all areas, including reporting, photography and newspaper design.
The Tribune's runner up award marks it as one of the best small newspapers in the Pacific Northwest. The First Place award winner was the Seattle Business Magazine, a free monthly magazine covering the Puget Sound business community.
The competition is one of the largest journalism competitions of its kind in the U.S. The newspaper competed against other small publications in SPJ's Region 10, which includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
The Tribune's parent company, Pamplin Media Group, also brought home two awards for its investigative series "Unequal Justice," which ran in the Tribune. The in-depth investigation showed people of color in the Portland area remain unfairly treated in the criminal justice system.
The series examined state data and explored policies and practices that perpetuate the issue. Hillsboro was the first police agency in Oregon to track data on traffic stops, providing demographic details on who is being pulled over by police. That data showed Latinos were searched at higher rates than white residents, but contraband was found less often.
Hillsboro businesses also saw deep impacts after a 2008 state law required applicants to prove they were in the country legally before obtaining a driver's license.
The Tribune wasn't the only Washington County publication to walk home with an award. Chas Hundley, publisher of the Gales Creek Journal — a small newspaper in Northwest Washington County — was one of two young journalists to receive the Rookie of the Year award.