EdNews recognized for achievement in journalism

Idaho Education News this weekend took home 16 awards, including seven first place honors, for its journalism in 2023.

The Idaho Press Club, a statewide association of journalists, Saturday announced the results of its annual contest recognizing the best reporting and public relations work for the prior year. The press club held a banquet in Boise to celebrate the winners.

Among hundreds of entries from across Idaho, EdNews journalists were lauded for achievement in reporting, photography, podcasting, data analysis and reader engagement. EdNews is a nonprofit news organization whose mission is to produce independent, comprehensive and thoughtful journalism about public education policy and practice in Idaho.

EdNews reporter Darren Svan won first place in Spot News Photography at the Idaho Press Club’s 2023 annual contest for capturing a mother testifying in a legislative committee on behalf of her autistic son.

The contest’s top honors in Education and Special Purpose reporting went to EdNews reporter and blogger Kevin Richert for his coverage of a turbulent year at the University of Idaho. Richert’s work shed light on how the Moscow community grappled with the stabbing deaths of four students and on university officials’ controversial push to buy a for-profit online university.

Richert also placed second in the First Amendment category — for advancing the cause of freedom of information — and third for Reporter of the Year, which recognizes outstanding individual performance in enterprise reporting.

Reporter Carly Flandro’s series “Still Here: Tribes fight to be seen in Idaho” won first place for Special Coverage. The series spotlighted a scarcity of Native American teachers and perspectives in Idaho schools. Flandro’s podcast “Teacher’s Lounge” was recognized for achievement in interviewing. 

Reporter Darren Svan won several awards honoring his photography, including first place in Spot News Photography for capturing a mother testifying at a legislative committee on behalf of her autistic son.

Former EdNews reporter Sadie Dittenber

Former EdNews reporter Sadie Dittenber won the press club’s Media Innovation Award for her daily project tracking state superintendent Debbie Critchfield’s first 100 days in office. The award goes to journalists who use innovative methods in any medium, including print, broadcast and web.

For the second year in a row, CEO and managing editor Jennifer Swindell’s Friday morning dispatches won top prize in the Best Newsletter category. Subscribe here. Swindell and data analyst Randy Schrader also achieved top honors in Best Graphics for their work on Idaho EdTrends, a website that tracks public school achievement data.

EdNews reporter Ryan Suppe was recognized for political, business and health reporting in his previous role with the Idaho Statesman. He was runner-up to Swindell in the Best Newsletter category — for the second consecutive year.

Idaho EdNews staff

Here’s the full list of EdNews’ award-winning work:

1st place 

Special Purpose Publication – Online Only 

Kevin Richert – University of Idaho – University of Phoenix coverage 

Education Report – Daily 

Kevin Richert – In depth: The U of I comes to the close of a tragic, turbulent school year 

Spot News Photography 

Darren Svan – Testifying at legislative committee on behalf of her autistic son 

Best Graphics 

Randy Schrader, Jennifer Swindell – Idaho Ed Trends 

Best Newsletter 

Jennifer Swindell – Idaho EdNews Newsletter 

Media Innovation Award 

Sadie Dittenber – EdNews Daily Blog – Debbie Critchfield: The first 100 days in office 

Special Coverage 

Carly Flandro – Still Here: Tribes fight to be seen in Idaho

2nd place 

Political Report – Daily 

Kevin Richert – Analysis: A wild and unpredictable legislative session? Just wait ’til next year

Feature Photography – Light 

Darren Svan – First Day of Kindergarten

First Amendment Award 

Kevin Richert – Empowering Parents coverage

Best Blog 

Kevin Richert – Kevin’s Blog 

3rd place 

Interview – Audio 

Carly Flandro – Teacher’s Lounge Ep 18: Why Idaho’s 2023 teacher of the year left the state — and K-12 education

Spot News Photography 

Darren Svan – Waiting in the snow for controversial meeting

Best Website 

Staff – Idaho Education News 

Reporter of the Year 

Kevin Richert 

Best Audience Engagement 

Jennifer Swindell – Ask Us Anything

Ryan Suppe

Ryan Suppe

Senior reporter Ryan Suppe covers education policy, focusing on K-12 schools. He previously reported on state politics, local government and business for newspapers in the Treasure Valley and Eastern Idaho. A Nevada native, Ryan enjoys golf, skiing and movies. Follow him on Twitter: @ryansuppe. Contact him at [email protected]

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