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Judges sought for PNNA contest

Judges sought for PNNA contest

CNPA’s contest director is looking for volunteer judges for the annual C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards, which your association administers on behalf of the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association.

Judging begins Tuesday, July 9. Deadline is Monday, July 22.

If you can help, please email Simon Birch or fill out this simple form.

Sponsored by The Seattle Times, the Blethen Awards has six categories:

  • Distinguished Coverage of Diversity
  • Deadline Reporting
  • Enterprise Reporting
  • Feature Writing
  • Investigative Reporting
  • The Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs

There are two circulation divisions in each category:

  • Dailies, circulation 50,001 and over
  • Dailies, circulation 50,000 and under

The awards were created in 1977 to honor one of the Pacific Northwest’s most distinguished newspapermen.

C.B. Blethen was publisher of The Seattle Times from 1915 until his death in 1941. He was known in his community and among his newspaper colleagues as a person who made the ideals and standards of American journalism a way of life.

He was knowledgeable in almost all phases of the newspaper business – as a reporter, editor, advertising authority, cartoon idea man, innovator and inventor of mechanical processes.

In 1987, C.B. Blethen was inducted into the State Hall of Journalism Achievement at Washington State University for his contributions to the profession and his commitment to the belief that a newspaper’s first responsibility is to its readers and to the community.