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Capitol Times journalists win honors in Arizona Press Club contest

Arizona Capitol Times journalists won a total of 16 awards, including six first-place awards, in this year’s Arizona Press Club contest. The winners were announced May 18.

The annual contest is judged by top journalists from across the country, including many who have won Pulitzer Prizes.

“None of us do what we do to win awards. However, the recognition from our peers is a result of the tremendous work that each and every person in our newsroom does day in and day out to be the peoples’ eyes and ears at the state Capitol,” said Arizona News Service Editor Jim Small.

Small said the Capitol Times won nearly half of its awards in the most high-profile categories, including investigative reporting, government reporting, breaking news and public service journalism.

Jeremy Duda won two first-place awards, one for breaking the news that the FBI was investigating Attorney General Tom Horne and one for an analysis of economic development tax incentives.

Duda also won a second-place award for a story that raised questions about how Horne’s office redacted a public record relating to that FBI investigation after it removed references to alleged extramarital affairs he was involved in from a document provided to the Capitol Times.

The Capitol Times was also honored for interactive features on its website. Evan Wyloge, the paper’s new media specialist, won a first-place award for his work in developing a live elections results application that was used in the November 2012 election.

Wyloge also received a second-place award for interactive maps using election data that showed how Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio fared in every precinct in the county for an analysis of how the sheriff’s support lagged in some heavily Republican areas.

Here is the full list of Capitol Times winners:

FIRST PLACE

SECOND PLACE

THIRD PLACE

(Note: ANS Editor Jim Small has served as the president of the Arizona Press Club since 2011.)

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