EdNews honored with 16 Press Club awards

Idaho Education News brought home 16 awards for reporting, engagement and website excellence from the 2020 Idaho Press Club statewide journalism competition.

The awards were announced on Saturday. A complete list of the awards is available here.

EdNews won five first place honors, including Sami Edge winning first place in education reporting among daily print publications for “Thousands of students are ‘no-shows’ this year, almost twice as many as in years past.” Edge took second place in reporter of the year.

The Latino Listening Project, a collaboration between the Idaho Statesman’s Nicole Foy and EdNews’ Edge, which focuses on the educational outcomes of Latino students in Idaho, took second among daily print series. In agricultural reporting for the Idaho Statesman, Foy and Edge took second for “Children take to the fields following school closures.”

EdNews also took home top honors for audience engagement with the “Ask Us Anything” feature and the EdNews Instagram account took home the award for best use of social media. EdTrends was the recipient of the award for special sections among daily publications and the award for special purpose among websites.

Kevin Richert took home honors for his higher education reporting as a series (third), pandemic reporting for “Analysis: ‘The best we have for now’  Reopening hinges on limited test numbers” (third) and for “Kevin’s Blog” (third).

Devin Bodkin tied for third in portrait photography with “Sports with no crowds.”

Former EdNews reporter Clark Corbin took third in spot news coverage for “State Board extends closure through the end of the year.”

Randy Schrader and Nik Streng took second in the First Amendment Award for “Most districts and charters fail to comply with Idaho’s transparency laws.”

EdNews also took home honors for best website graphics (second), website general excellence (second) and best website graphics (third).

Blake Jones, who started with EdNews in April, was the recipient of six awards for his work with the Idaho Press and the Kuna-Melba News.

Devin Bodkin tied for third in portrait photography with this photo — “Sports with no crowds.”

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