San Diego Edition of Times Wins 3 First-Place Prizes


The San Diego County Edition of The Times won three first-place awards Sunday from the San Diego Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The spot news prize was awarded to staff writers Ralph Frammolino and H. G. Reza for their coverage of a helicopter crash; the award for best column was taken by Jack Mathews, for his piece on a Scripps clinic sculpture, and Bill Plaschke won for his sports coverage of Randy Ready.

In addition, the newspaper won honorable mentions for a feature story by staff writer Eric Bailey about a young woman seriously injured in a board-throwing incident, and for staff writer Greg Johnson’s commentary about the space shuttle.


In other competition, San Diego Union reporters Valerie Alvord and J. Stryker Meyer won the community service award for their coverage of alleged beatings in the county jails. And Joe Cantlupe of the Union won for best investigative story for his series on San Diego gangs.

Other winners were John Glionna, a staff member of the Tribune, for best feature story; Lynne Carrier of the Tribune, for best editorial; Arthur Salm of the Tribune for criticism, and Charles W. Ross, a Union financial writer.

The James J. Julian Award for Community Service went to the Escondido Times-Advocate.