Chips Watch: And a Pulitzer Goes To…

Spring is journalism awards season, and several Chipsters took home prizes including the Pulitzer. Read about the awards and more in this edition of Chips Watch.

Iliana Limón Romero/@osiliana (Summer 2002) is the sports content director for the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinal. Previously she was an assistant sports editor, overseeing college sports and professional soccer.

Carlos Silva Jr./@cmsilvajr (Spring 2008) is interim sports editor for the Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal. Previously he was the Texas Tech University’s men’s basketball and baseball beat writer.

Shondiin Silversmith/@DiinSilversmith (Spring 2015) is a homepage producer at The Arizona Republic and in Phoenix. Previously she was a digital producer for the paper.

Cameron Teague Robinson/@cj_teague (Summer 2015) covers the University of Missouri men’s basketball beat for the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. “I help out with Mizzou football, baseball and women’s basketball, as well,” he writes. Previously he covered high school sports.

New Jobs
Denise Ritter/@nellie1022 (Summer 1996) is senior production editor at The Villages (Fla.) Daily Sun. Previously she was a multimedia copy editor and assistant city editor for the Ashland (Ohio) Times-Gazette.

Victoria Sanchez/@VictoriaSanchez (Summer 2005) is a general assignment reporter at WJLA (ABC7) in Washington, D.C. Previously she was a multimedia journalist at KUSA (9NEWS) in Denver.

Stephanie Clary/@sclary (Summer 2006) is director of social publishing at CNN in New York. Previously she was the managing editor of Mic.

Colleen Wright/@Colleen_Wright (Spring 2014) is the education reporter for The Miami Herald. Previously she was a reporter for the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Nathan Ruiz/@NathanSRuiz (Summer 2016) covers Oklahoma State University football, basketball, baseball and other sports for The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City. Previously he was an intern for in San Diego.

Aneri Pattani/@aneripattani (Summer 2017) joins Philadelphia Media Network in June as a two-year Lenfest fellow, assigned to the health team. Previously she was assistant producer on the health desk at WNYC, New York City’s NPR station.

Olivia Peterkin/@orpeterkin (Summer 2017) is a digital content producer at Hawaii News Now, KHNL/KGMB, in Honolulu. She writes, “I’ll be writing stories, shooting and editing video and managing some social media from the digital desk.” Previously she was an intern at Honolulu Civil Beat.

Loren Townsley/@LorenTownsley (Summer 2017) is a photographer at the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D. Previously she was an intern at The Arizona Republic.

Gabriella Angotti-Jones/@gabriellaangojo (Summer 2016) will be a photography intern at The New York Times this summer. Previously she was a six-month intern at the Tampa Bay Times.

Melissa Gomez/@MelissaGomez004 (Summer 2017) is a summer intern at The New York Times, assigned to the Express Team. Reporters on the team focus on a digital audience as they cover breaking news and some experimental news features. Gomez graduated in May from the University of Florida.

Leadership Academy
Emma Carew Grovum/@emmacarew (Summer 2009), product manager at The Daily Beast, participated in the Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media in St. Petersburg, Fla., in March. She is also a member of Poynter’s The Cohort project, a bimonthly newsletter and a community for women in digital media.

Three Chipsters with expertise in digital media are offering one-on-one coaching sessions to other women journalists through Digital Women Leaders. They are Meena Thiruvengadam/@Meena_Thiru (Summer 2003), independent journalist and media consultant; Kainaz Amaria/@KainazAmaria (Summer 2007), visuals editor at Vox; and Emma Carew Grovum/@emmacarew (Summer 2009), product manager at The Daily Beast. The mentoring program stems from a collaboration of The Poynter Institute’s Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media and the Online News Association’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator.

Talia Buford/@TaliaBuford (Summer 2004), a reporter at ProPublica, shared her views on environmental justice and covering the environment in a conversation published in April with the director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.

Francisco Vara-Orta/@fvaraorta (Summer 2006), staff writer for Education Weekly, was the moderator for two panel discussions at the Education Writers Association’s conference in Los Angeles in May: one on diversity in the journalism workforce, the other on graduation statistics.

Carlos Silva Jr./@cmsilvajr (Spring 2008) and Nathan Ruiz/@NathanSRuiz (Summer 2016) were members of the voting panel for The Associated Press All-Big 12 men’s basketball team, announced in March. Silva has covered Texas Tech University football and men’s basketball and baseball for the Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal. He is also an AP Top 25 voter for the men’s college basketball poll. Ruiz covers Oklahoma State University athletics for The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City.

Emma Carew Grovum/@emmacarew (Summer 2009), product manager at The Daily Beast, helped author a new guide for staff who lead security training in their newsrooms. The Field Guide to Security Training in the Newsroom aims to teach journalists how to protect themselves and their sources by communicating and storing data securely. The curriculum is hosted by OpenNews and BuzzFeed Open Lab.

Awards and recognition
Two Chipsters were among the newsroom teams that were recognized by the Pulitzer Prize committee in April for reporting done in 2017. Andrew Ba Tran/@abtran (Spring 2006), a data reporter at The Washington Post, and his team won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for “purposeful and relentless reporting” on the Senate candidacy of Roy Moore and a subsequent effort to discredit the reporting. Nicole Dungca/@ndungca (Summer 2007) and fellow members of The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team were finalists in the local news category for their project “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.” The series illuminated the ways in which racist attitudes endure in Boston.

Tony Gonzalez/@TGonzalez (Summer 2007) and Julieta Martinelli/@itsjmartinelli (Summer 2017), both of Nashville Public Radio/WPLN, took home several awards each in the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcast and Media Editors contest. Gonzalez, an enterprise reporter, won first or second place for stories in the following four radio categories: sports feature, sports reporting (with a colleague), long serious news feature and use of sound. Martinelli, a reporter, took first place in the investigative reporting category for a story that later garnered national attention of a Nashville man who spent two decades behind bars. Martinelli also won first place, with a colleague, in the continuing coverage category.

Marie De Jesús/@MarieDennise (Summer 2010) earned third place in the features category (Spanish language) from Texas Associated Press Media Editors (APME) for a piece she wrote for La Voz about the ordeal of bringing medications from Guatemala to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. De Jesús is a photographer for the Houston Chronicle.

An Rong Xu/@Anrizzy (Summer 2011) was named one of Photo District News’ 30 new and emerging photographers to watch in 2018. “The intimacy and emotion in his portraits and fly-on-the-wall documentary images come from his ability to build rapport with his subjects,” said a PDN writer.

Monica Herndon/@monica_herndon (Summer 2014) and other staff members of the Tampa Bay Times were finalists in the American Society of News Editors’ 2018 journalism awards in the category of online storytelling for their entry “Why Cops Shoot.” Herndon provided photos and videos.

Cameron Teague Robinson/@cj_teague (Summer 2015), University of Missouri men’s basketball beat writer at the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune, earned second and third places for sports feature writing from Missouri APME. The awards, in the division for newspapers with a weekly circulation of 30,000 to 150,000, were for the stories “Battle’s Tyler Makes Inspiring Recover” (second place) and “The Smile That Never Fades.”

Gabriella Angotti-Jones/@gabriellaangojo (Summer 2016) received first place in the general news category of the College Photographer of the Year competition for work she did while at City College of San Francisco in 2017.

Santiago Mejia/@SantiagoMejia (Summer 2016) was a member of the San Francisco Chronicle video team that received an honorable mention from the National Association of Press Photographers’ Best of Photojournalism 2018 awards in the documentary multimedia package category for the story “Fostering Failure.”

Hayley Sanchez/@heyhayhayley (Summer 2016), digital producer at The Arizona Republic, was recognized with a second-place team win in the 2017 Best of USA Today Network Journalism Awards’ digital storytelling category for a documentary and interactive project. “This well-timed package brought a 13-day manhunt from 1978 back to life in a manner that was almost as thrilling as the Hollywood version that came out at the same time,” the judges said.

Rhina Guidos/@CNS_Rhina (Summer 1998) has had her first book published, “Rutilio Grande: A Table for All,” about the life and ministry of the Salvadoran priest whose killing changed the Church in El Salvador and the life of his friend Archbishop Oscar Romero. Guidos is a national reporter and Spanish section editor for Catholic News Service.

Other news
Krishana Davis/@KrishanaDavis (Summer 2012) has been named deputy creative director at Priorities USA in Washington, D.C., where she leads the digital department in creative strategy and messaging. Previously, she was the communications director at America Votes.

Phillip Lucas/@unPhiltered (Summer 2010) is a public information officer for Denver International Airport. Previously he was a reporter for The Associated Press in Birmingham, Ala.

In memoriam
Getahn Ward (1994 and 1995) was honored posthumously on April 26 as a “community catalyst” by Amplify Nashville for his contributions to journalism, teaching and the immigrant community in Nashville, Tenn. Ward died in December at age 45. David Plazas, opinion engagement editor at The Tennessean, collected the award on Ward’s behalf.

Victoria Edwards/@vrose (Summer 2006) and Ryan Cooley were married on April 22 at Piedmont Park’s Dockside in Atlanta. “The wedding was beautiful,” she writes. “It was so exciting having our friends and family come to Georgia to celebrate our marriage. I’m beyond excited to start my life with Ryan, here in Georgia, even though it’s a long way from where we met in New York City.” Edwards is the social media editor for City Limits, an online news website. She is also a freelance reporter for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, an initiative of the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University.

Wasim Ahmad/@PicGuide (Summer 2003), his wife Lakshmi and their son Sachin, 3, welcomed daughter and sister Sonali on March 1. “She’s happy, healthy and growing way too fast,” Ahmad says. He is in his final year as a mass communications doctoral candidate at Syracuse University, where he is also an adjunct instructor in multimedia storytelling.

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