By Miriam Raftery
October 25, 2021 (San Diego) – East County Magazine tonight received 11 awards in San Diego Press Club’s 48th annual Excellence In Journalism competition. The honors include three first place awards, recognitions for both our online news site and radio show coverage during the past year’s turbulent times. ECM’s awards span a broad range of categories, including three of the four awards presented for breaking news. Since its inception in 2008, ECM has won 137 major journalism prizes.
Congratulations to ECM’s award-winning reporting team: Miriam Raftery, Henri Migala, Helen Horvath, and the late Briana Gomez as well as columnists David Shorey and Paul Levikow.
“I’m proud of our team for once again going all out to report news that matters, even amid a global pandemic and civil unrest, at times risking their own safety to get the stories,” says ECM editor Miriam Raftery. " It's especially poignant to see two posthumous awards honoring works by Briana Gomez, who was such a talented and devoted young journalist."
She adds, “We also thank the Facebook Journalism Project for their generous support through a grant which helped enable our reporting during the pandemic, including several Zoom special reports and interviews as well as our coverage of COVID-19 issues and breaking news."
Below are ECM's winning stories, radio broadcasts and podcasts:
RADIO AND PODCASTS:
1st place, Miriam Raftery, Grossmont Hospital healthcare heroes reflect on pandemic
1st place, Miriam Raftery, Interview with Congresswoman Sara Jacobs on capitol attack, impeachment, COVID relief and more
ONLINE AND DAILY NEWS
2nd place, Henri Migala, Man arrested for battery of protesters in La Mesa; ECM photographer also attacked
3rd place, Miriam Raftery, Violent insurrectionists take over Capitol
Honorable mention, Briana Gomez, Tuesday protest in La Mesa stays peaceful; man briefly detained after displaying pepper spray at protesters
1st place, Miriam Raftery, LMPD officer in trolley stop incident leaves force; questions of accountability and transparency remain
3rd place, Miriam Raftery: In lively forum, five candidates shared diverse views in El Cajon City Council District 2 race
Honorable mention, Henri Migala, Hundreds march to save El Monte Valley
2nd place, Briana Gomez and Miriam Raftery, El Cajon Council votes to oust planning commissioner Humbert Cabrera
2nd place, Helen Horvath, High prices, low inventory put squeeze on low income and first-time homebuyers during pandemic
Honorable mention, David Shorey and Paul Levikow, Advancing Healthy Communities
For a full list of all winners in San Diego Press Club’s 48th annual Excellence in Journalism Awards, visit https://issuu.com/sdpressclub/docs/2021_san_diego_press_club_final_winners_announced.
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