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Story last updated at 1:57 PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Homer News wins 11 press club awards

Staff Report


Michael O'Meara


Deb Purington


McKibben Jackinsky


Michael Armstrong

The Homer News won 11 awards, including three first places, at last weekend's Alaska Press Club conference in Anchorage. The awards were for work done in 2011 and were entered in the small newspaper category.Receiving first place awards were:

• Reporter Michael Armstrong for business reporting for his story titled "Going digital: Homer's historic theater makes high-tech switch."

• Reporter McKibben Jackinsky for best sports game/event story for her story titled "'Big game' about more than football."

• Graphic Designer Deb Purington for best page layout and design for her sports spread titled "Mariner Homecoming Magic."

Armstrong also won a second place award for government or political reporting for his story "Code designed to keep rules consistent"; a second place in news photos for his photograph of a dog rescue; and a third place for arts coverage for his story "Final tribute: James Ward Quinlan's work on display at HCOA gallery."

Jackinsky won a second place in sustained coverage for her stories about the Tall Tree bridge; second place in education reporting for her story "Citizenship comes with hard work, smiles" and a third place award for her columns.

Armstrong, Jackinsky and Homer freelance writer Hal Spence shared a third place award for sustained coverage for stories about changes in the halibut fishery.

Michael O'Meara won second place for his editorial cartoons.

The Nome Nugget was named Alaska's Best Weekly newspaper. The Frontiersman, which publishes three times a week, won second place in that category.