At the 40th annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards hosted by the San Francisco Press Club on Nov. 16, El Tecolote—the Bay Area’s premier Latino bilingual community newspaper—took home an impressive 17 awards. Judges from the press clubs of Milwaukee, San Diego, Orange County and Cleveland evaluated more than 300 entries this year from journalists in TV, print, radio, digital media and public relations.
“We are here to celebrate the exceptional work you do throughout the year,” said San Francisco Press Club President Antonia Ehlers. “We know how hard you work—the late-night deadlines, breaking stories and the ever-changing pace of news. You do your best every day to tell your stories with honesty and integrity. This year, we had more entries for this contest than ever before.”
Under the leadership of Photo Editor Mabel Jiménez, El Tecolote dominated in the photo categories, winning an incredible nine of the 10 available awards for “non-daily newspapers.” In the “Photography/Feature,” category, El Tecolote photographers swept with Manuel Orbegozo (“Peru’s crude crisis”), Patricio Guillamón (“The Last Dance?”) and Joel Ángel Juárez (“Frisco 5”) placing first, second and third, respectively.
For “Photography/News,” Natasha Dangond placed second for her coverage of the “Ghostship” fires, and Joel Ángel Juárez placed third for his police brutality protest coverage at San Francisco City Hall. In the “Photography/Photo Series” category, El Tecolote photographers swept again with Natasha Dangond (“Orlando Vigil”), Manuel Orbegozo (“The God that abandoned Lima”) and Joel Ángel Juárez (“Gateway to Europe”) placing first, second and third, respectively. And Joel Ángel Juárez capped off El Tecolote’s photography awards with a first place win in the “Photography/Sports” category for his image of Pakistani migrants playing cricket with a rowing paddle.
El Tecolote staff was also honored with first place in the “Front Page Design” category for the cover of it’s 2016 post-election issue “Rise,” which displayed an image taken by photographer Desiree Rios.
Additionally, columnist Elizabeth Veras Holland placed first in “Columns/Features” for her piece “Flamenco master embraced by adopted culture,” and Carlos Barón placed second in “Columns/Sports” for his “The Devil’s Advocate” column “You are paid to run, not to think.”
In the category of “Editorial Cartoons,” Sirron Norris and Gustavo Reyes placed first and second, respectively—Norris for his “Kaepernick” illustration (part of his City Fruit series), and Reyes for his illustration of “Islamophobia.”
Former El Tecolote intern Alma Villegas placed third in “Feature Story/Light Nature” for her story on the uncertain future of Dance Mission Theater.
El Tecolote was also recognized for its investigative journalism. In the “Investigative Reporting,” category, KQED’s Alex Emslie and Nicole Reinert and El Tecolote Editor-in-chief Alexis Terrazas took second place for a collaborative piece on Amilcar Perez-Lopez. And Terrazas and El Tecolote’s English copy editor, Atticus Morris, placed third for their investigative report on the mainstreaming or White Nationalism in the Bay Area during the Trump era.
For a complete list of awards, please visit: http://sfpressclub.org/2017/11/16/2017-greater-bay-area-journalism-award-winners/
Story by: Alexis Terrazas