Idaho Education News won a first-place award for general excellence at the Idaho Press Club’s annual awards banquet Saturday in Boise.
The banquet honors excellence in journalism produced by Idaho’s print, broadcast, online and student news organizations.
In addition to the general excellence award, reporter Devin Bodkin, editor Jennifer Swindell and data analyst Randy Schrader won the First Amendment Award. According to the Idaho Press Club’s award guidelines, “this award is given for work by Idaho journalists, in any medium, that advances the cause of freedom of information in Idaho in the public interest.”
Overall, Idaho EdNews’ team won 20 awards Saturday, including seven first-place awards:
- Website general excellence, online division; Idaho Education News.
- First Amendment Award; Devin Bodkin, Jennifer Swindell, Randy Schrader; “Sugar-Salem self-corrects superintendent hire after complaint.”
- Special coverage; Kevin Richert; “Obstacles and Options.”
- Special purpose website; “Idaho EDTrends.”
- Elections reporting, daily division; Clark Corbin; “Ybarra kicks off campaign with help from former co-worker accused of sexual harassment.“
- Best blog, Melanie Flake, “A Mom’s Blog.”
- Best website graphics, Jon Sisk, “Obstacles and Options.”
Bodkin also placed third in the competition for print reporter of the year.
In other news Saturday, Swindell was elected to the Idaho Press Club’s board of directors.
A complete list of award recipients is available on the Idaho Press Club’s website.
Launched in 2013, Idaho EdNews is a nonprofit news organization that is funded by a grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation.