Association for Women Journalists - DFW Chapter

2004 Castleberry Winners

Vivian Castleberry Awards honor excellence in reporting

2004 Winners
NEWS REPORTING, OVER 100,000 CIRCULATION:
Claudia Kolker, O: The Oprah Magazine
"First Wednesday Reading Club"
Judges said this is a great story about eroism on a micro scale. Kolker connected Tulsa's past, including the 1921 race riot, to the present. Judges also liked the way Kolker used the hydrangea that one of the founders grew from a slip as a metaphor for the way these women tried deliberately to grow something that then took off with a life of its own.

NEWS REPORTING, UNDER 100,000 CIRCULATION:
Betty Brink, Fort Worth Weekly
``Iron Bars Do Not A Safe Place Make''
The story focuses on the rape of a woman inmate by a Texas prison guard, but along the way it xplores similar accounts. Judges said the result is a frightening picture of how women inmates are vulnerable to sexual predators -- and that Brink uses grace and style in allowing the victim's voice to come through loud and clear.

NEWSPAPER FEATURE, OVER 100,00O CIRCULATION
Patricia Anstett, Detroit Free Press
"One-hour Biopsy"
Judges said the article is an example of public service journalism that is well worth emulation. Judges said it takes courage and perseverance, as well as a stout heart, to explore the difficult and fearful world of those who must confront the scourge of breast cancer.

COMMENTARY
Marjie Lundstrom, Sacramento Bee
Judges said Lundstrom's work makes it easy for the reader to see the direct connection between government failings and bad outcomes for real people. By inserting broad statistics into personal stories, she lets us know that she's not just writing about something sad that happened to someone else; it's about all of us.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Cheryl Diaz Meyer, The Dallas Morning News
Pictures from war with Iraq
Judges said her pictures are moving and powerful and tell the story of those who haven't been at the forefront but who have been every bit as affected by the war. One photograph is of an Iraqi woman holding an AK-47, and another shows a young woman giving birth on a table that had to be used
by another patient in 20 minutes.

TELEVISION FEATURE
Marjorie E. Ford, WFAA-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth)
"Celebrating Life: Breast Cancer Awareness"
Judges said the piece demonstrates how a personal loss also can be a call to action for a disease that affects millions of women. Ford let the women tell their story, and it was presented in a way that would encourage the audience to take a closer look at a serious health concern.

RADIO FEATURE
Barbara Schwarz, Texas State Network
``In Sickness and In Health''
Judges said it was a captivating story because both the husband and wife suffered from the same disease, breast cancer. Judges also said Schwarz did a great job with helping the listener visualize this family's crisis through numerous stages of their lives.

ONLINE INTERACTIVITY, SITES OVER 1 MILLION VISITORS
Kimberly Durnan, DallasNews.com
Judges said it's a captivating presentation of the 10-year anniversary of a 7-year-old girl's abduction and murder. The story takes the reader straight back to the scene of the crime and to events that have happened since, and the interesting variety of media and sources help complete the gripping interactive piece.

ONLINE INTERACTIVITY, SITES UNDER 1 MILLION VISITORS
Kim Lane, austinmama.com.
Judges said the site has intelligent commentary and engaging community and proves there's more to moms' discussions than cleaning products and tips for seducing your man. The thoughtful writing from monthly columnists provides delicious reading for mamas who are hungry for something more substantial than run-of-the-mill family publications.

WOMAN JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Sharon Egiebor, The Dallas Examiner
Judges said she did a remarkable job creating a 12-page supplement about AIDS as a way of publicizing how the disease continues to spread in the black community. As executive editor of the 10,000-circulation weekly newspaper, Egiebor is the only full-time editorial staffer, so she took on numerous additional jobs, including marketing director and publicist. After the informative supplement with moving stories was published in June, to coincide with national HIV testing day, Egiebor coordinated a town-hall
meeting with actors and activists discussing the topic.

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