SALT LAKE CITY — The Standard-Examiner received 16 awards and four honorable mentions at the 2018 Utah Journalism Awards and reporter Mark Shenefelt received the Don Baker Investigative Reporting Award.
The awards, presented at a dinner Thursday night in Salt Lake City, are sponsored by the Utah Headliners chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Shenefelt’s award was for his series of stories on jail conditions in Weber, Davis and Box Elder counties.
“Mark found that people who had not had their day in court were dying from suicide, even while on suicide watch or from lack of medical attention,” the award’s organizers said. “His work publicized the fact that jail standards throughout the state were proprietary information, prompting legislation requiring Utah jails to report on inmate deaths annually.”
The Standard-Examiner’s first-place awards went to photographer Benjamin Zack for being the “best multimedia journalist” in the state, Mark Saal for his column “‘Cabbagegate’ vexing Layton residents after field of cabbage was left to rot” in the humor/lifestyle column category and former editor Greg Halling for his editorial “A piece of federal legislation nobody in Ogden wants.”
The other Standard-Examiner recognitions were:
- Best newspaper reporter - 3rd Place: Mark Shenefelt
- General news - 2nd Place: “Where does water go on the Wasatch Front?” by Leia Larsen
- Government - 3rd Place: “Utah river access cases fight for public's right to stand on private riverbeds” by Leia Larsen
- Humor / lifestyle column - 2nd Place: “It's official: At least 736 jackasses in Weber County alone” by Mark Saal
- Medical / science - 3rd Place: “What happened to Utah's winter?” by Sheila Wang
- Best multimedia journalist - 2nd Place: Sarah Welliver
- Series - 2nd Place: “#RealOgden” by Standard-Examiner staff
- Sports non-deadline reporting - Honorable Mention: “Weber’s Kestin Cable cultivates warrior mentality after deaths of her parents” by Ryan Comer and Matt Herp
- Spot news - 3rd Place: “Wildfire rips through Uintah neighborhoods, 100 families evacuated” by Mark Saal, Jacob Scholl, Jessica Kokesh and Standard-Examiner staff
- Spot news - Honorable Mention: “4 dead after small plane crashes on I-15” by Jessica Kokesh, Mitch Shaw, Makenzie Koch and Standard-Examiner Staff
- Best multimedia - Honorable Mention: “Ruth House offers hope to women transitioning from prison, drugs” by Benjamin Zack and Mark Saal
- Best podcast - 3rd Place: “Episode 7: Peli-can we visit Gunnison Island?” by Benjamin Zack and Leia Larsen
- Photo essay - Honorable Mention: “Pioneer Days 2017” by Matt Herp
- Sports action photo - 3rd Place: “Hang ten” by Matt Herp
- Sports feature photo - 2nd Place: “Ready stance” by Matt Herp
- Spot news photo - 2nd Place: “Cattle truck tips over on I-15 overpass” by Sarah Welliver
- Best videographer - 2nd Place: Matt Herp