inewsource captures 15 first-place awards in 2019 San Diego SPJ contest
From left, inewsource staff members Jill Castellano, Brad Racino, Shyla Nott and Brandon Quester holding their awards from the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. (Bella Ross/inewsource)

inewsource captures 15 first-place awards in 2019 San Diego SPJ contest

inewsource journalists were honored with 19 awards Wednesday night from the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, including 15 first-place awards – the most of any news organization. 

The Follow The Money series – a five-part guide to the money behind five measures on the November ballot – won first place in the audio, digital and video categories. 

Judges said about the project: “This series lays out and explains the various propositions that California voters would find on the ballot in a clear conversational manner that was easy to understand.” For the digital presentation, the judges called it “a true public service.”

inewsource also swept the video category for a single investigative or enterprise story, with reporter Brad Racino taking first place for a television piece on security lapses at San Diego’s shipyards. The judges called the findings “disturbing” and called the report “a vital public service.” Racino and former inewsource videographer Megan Wood took second place for an investigation into dangerous human research at the San Diego VA. Reporter Jill Castellano captured third place for a piece on how San Diego fueled the effort to repeal California’s gas tax repeal.    

The contest was judged this year by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Here’s a complete list of inewsource’s awards:

Brad Racino 

Jill Castellano

Leonardo Castañeda

Cheryl Clark

Shyla Nott

Jill Castellano and Brad Racino

Brandon Quester and Leonardo Castañeda

Brandon Quester, Jill Castellano and Jim Tinsky

Brad Racino and Megan Wood

For a list of all of the SPJ contest winners, click here.

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About Shyla Nott:

Shyla Nott
Shyla Nott is a social media web producer for inewsource. To contact her with tips, suggestions or corrections, please email shylanott [at] inewsource [dot] org.