The Post-Gazette and its staff have been recognized in several national and international competitions for exemplary work in business coverage, enterprise reporting, sports coverage, photography and illustration. Here are the details:
• Pipeline, the PG's interactive website on the Marcellus Shale, won the Best Blog award in the print category of this year's Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business contest. The judges requested website activity from five dates in 2011 and the content that was entered showcased work of key members of the PG's Pipeline team -- business writer Erich Schwartzel, multimedia producer Elisabeth Ponsot, Harrisburg bureau chief Laura Olson, web content producer Laura Schneiderman and photographer/videographer Steve Mellon. Overall there were more than 200 winners across 89 categories in the contest.
• Reporter Vivian Nereim's three-part series on problems that endanger children housed in state facilities is a 2012 winner of the Anna Quindlen Awards for Excellence in Journalism on Behalf of Children and Families. The awards are sponsored by the Child Welfare League of America and are named for the Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist, social critic and contributing editor for Newsweek and The New York Times. Shortly after the series ran last summer, Ms. Nereim left the Post-Gazette for a newspaper job in Abu Dhabi.
• Newspaper sections produced by the PG's Sports department in 2011 received honorable mentions in three categories of the annual Associated Press Sports Editors competition, which was judged last week in Orlando, Fla. The categories were Daily Sections, Sunday Sections and Special Section (the PG's 2011 Super Bowl section). The Post-Gazette competes in the largest-circulation category -- 175,000 and above -- in the contest.
• Photographer Michael Henninger's work earned him recognition as Region 3 Photographer of the Year for 2011 (out of 11 regions nationally) in the National Press Photographers Association's Monthly Clip contest -- where photographs are judged on a monthly basis by region. His body of work included first place wins for the Hanger clinic in Haiti, Powdermill bird banding, Life in the Circus (Kelly Miller Circus) and Irene's Gust (hurricane). He also took a second place in the organization's NPPA Northern Short course contest for a photograph in the natural disaster category for Irene's Gust.
• Photographer Peter Diana earned an award of excellence in the Society of Newspaper Design international competition for a picture of Troy Polamalu menacing the competition during a Steelers game. Graphics editor and designer Diane Juravich won an award of excellence in the same competition for her design work on a special PG section marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The section front, titled "Then and Now," featured photography by the PG's Bill Wade. And, artist Daniel Marsula took another award of excellence for the PG in the competition for his color illustration accompanying a story on organ donation in the PG's Sunday Forum section. The PG competed in the highest-circulation category -- 175,000 and above -- for newspapers in this contest that draws entrants from around the world.