Yakima, Wenatchee, Atlanta, Winston-Salem newspapers give international perspective
Aug. 1, 2005
NEW YORK (AP) — Two Northwest community newspapers' reports on how
China's fast-emerging apple industry is impacting U.S. growers have won
the Associated Press Managing Editors association's International
The Yakima Herald-Republic and The Wenatchee World
won the fourth annual award for the under-40,000 daily circulation
category for "The China Challenge," the association of newspaper and
online editors announced Monday.
In the above-100,000 circulation category, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
won for revealing the rapid growth of a trade in mail-order brides from
Russia and the secret of domestic violence often hidden within. It was
the newspaper's second International Perspective Award.
The Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal
won in the 40,000-100,000 daily circulation category for an
investigation into failures of the democracy-building program in Iraq,
told from the point of view of a North Carolina company.
The awards, recognizing newspapers "for outstanding coverage of
international news for local readers," will be presented during the
APME's annual conference Oct. 26-29 in San Jose, Calif. The winners
were selected from among 47 entries.
The Herald-Republic and the World, separately owned and located 100
miles apart in central Washington, where more than half of the U.S.
apple crop is grown, teamed together to report on the emerging
competition from Chinese growers. Herald-Republic editor Craig
Troianello and Wenatchee World photographer Don Seabrook spent 17 days
traveling from the ports of Hong Kong and urban markets of Guangzhou to
the farms of rural Shandone Province.
The four-day series documented a more than 1,000 percent increase in
Chinese apple exports, which in recent years have taken several smaller
markets from Washington. Chinese apple exports surpassed those of the
United States for the first time last year, with China looking to
expand even more over the next four years. The judges called the series
The Journal-Constitution uncovered the dark side of the Russian
mail-order bride business while looking into a law officer's shooting
of a man at his home in a quiet suburb of Atlanta. The man had arranged
an international marriage through an Internet service but became
entangled in abuse allegations and claims of stalking.
Told through the life of the man's former bride, the stories, "From
Russia, for Love," "did an exceptional job of calling attention to a
hidden social issue and an unregulated and burgeoning industry," the
In its investigation, the Winston-Salem newspaper interviewed
workers and reviewed documents and e-mails of a local contractor at the
heart of plans to build a new Iraq, as well as communications from the
U.S. Coalition Provisional Authority. The newspaper's series, "The
Price of Democracy," found that beyond the sheer violence in Iraq,
bureaucracy and changing instructions from Washington "not only
crippled the democracy-building efforts, but compromised the safety of
civliams working there."
The judges also honored these finalists:
Over 100,000 circulation
• The Sacramento Bee, for a look at a last wave of Hmong refugees stuck in Thailand. www.sacbee.com
• The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C., for
looking behind the scenes at the deaths of four private security
contractors whose bodies were shown hanging from a bridge in highly
publicized photos from Iraq. www.newsobserver.com
• The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, for stories looking at how lives in Wisconsin intersect with the rest of the world. www.jsonline.com
• The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, for a series on Somali Bantu refugees relocating in Ohio. www.dispatch.com
• The Roanoke (Va.) Times, for a series on how African refugees are being welcomed, or not, in southwestern Virginia. www.roanoke.com/multimedia/bantu
• The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va., for
reporting on the violence in the Darfur region of Sudan and how local
individuals and organizations are responding. www.fredericksburg.com
• The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo., for
reporting how outsourcing technology to India has had a major impact on
the local economy. www.gazette.com
The judges were George Stanley, managing editor of the Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel; Tony Barbieri, adjunct professor of the Philip
Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland; Carol
Nunnelley, projects director, Associated Press Managing Editors
Association; and Nicolas Tatro, deputy international editor, The
Associated Press. Judges refrained from discussing or voting on entries
from their newspapers.
APME is an organization of editors, managing editors and online
editors of the more than 1,700 newspapers served by the AP in the
United States and Canadian Press in Canada.