Valley News affiliates win six awards

Affiliates of Village News. Inc., publisher of the Temecula Valley News, Anza Valley Outlook, and Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News brought home six awards from the Society of Professional Journalists annual dinner on July 10. All awards earned were in highly competitive categories and were published in 2013.

Staff photographer Shane Gibson won two awards at the event. He was awarded second place in the Newspaper Design, Photography and Headlines category of Photo Essay for his coverage of Murrieta’s Veterans Day event last year. His pictorial, “Honoring veterans during annual parade in Murrieta,” was published Nov. 11, 2013 in the Temecula Valley News. Gibson’s coverage was a crisp, patriotic display of citizens of all ages paying homage to veterans.

Gibson earned third place/honorable mention in Newspaper Design, Photography and Headlines category of Sports photo for an image he took entitled “Dirt Series returns to Lake Elsinore” that was published Aug. 23, 2013 in the Temecula Valley News. The action image of Bryan Carr’s UTV launching and rolling during a round of the race was snapped at the perfect moment to show the fury of the race and power of the vehicles when things went awry.

Valley News editor/writer Alex Groves was awarded two honors for stories he wrote that were printed by a separate media company, the online news journal North Coast Current, in 2013.

Groves earned second place in Non-daily Reporting and Writing in the Business category for “Industry observers weigh impact of U-T San Diego’s entry into local weekly media market.” His sharply-focused piece on the large daily newspaper’s latest acquisitions and ensuing layoffs were clearly detailed along with the UT’s reportedly publicly-stated notion that it could “enhance” coverage in both the San Diego and Southern Riverside County market by essentially eliminating competitors.

Groves also took second place in Non-daily Reporting and Writing in the Environmental category for “San Marcos residents fighting controversial housing project.” This news story detailed the controversy over a 198-unit, high-density housing development which opponents felt would create both a negative aesthetic and environmental impact to the area.

Correspondent Joe Naiman was presented with a second place award in the Daily Reporting and Writing – Sports category for his story published April 18, 2013 in the Village News entitled “High school student recovers from broken neck.” Naiman’s story details the challenge Fallbrook High School athlete Ryan Stewart faced recovering from his injury and how he successfully returned to play on the team two years later, hitting a grand-slam homerun in his first outing.

Freelance writer Nathalie Taylor, a specialist in features, dining, food, and entertainment, received a third place/honorable mention award in the Non-daily Reporting and Writing – Food category for her story published in the Village News on Feb. 21, 2013 entitled “Mama’s Cucina Italiano: A taste of Italy’s vigorous cuisine.” Taylor’s interview with the restaurant’s chef, Luciano Cibelli, provided insight into the Pala Casino Spa & Resort establishment’s luscious cuisine. Detailed information on the preparation techniques of various menu choices created a mouth-watering experience for readers.

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