Courtesy image

Courtesy image

Sound Publishing writers win SPJ awards

Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced the winners of the 2023 Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest.

On June 5, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced the winners of the 2023 Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest. Writers from the Renton Reporter, Federal Way Mirror and Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber of Sound Publishing were among he winner circle.

Beachcomber editor Alex Bruell received two awards for his work with the Mirror. Bruell won first place in the “Feature- Soft News” category for his story “Corey Nettles brought Federal Way together – and inspired a new book for grieving youth” and he won second place in the “Arts and Culture Reporting” category for his story “Federal Way student goes viral on ‘American Idol.’”

Renton Reporter writer Bailey Jo Josie also received two SPJ awards. She won first place in the “Review” category for “‘Beyond this flesh:’ Prog-rock immortals Tool play the Tacoma Dome” and she received second place in the “Racial Equity Reporting” category for “Renton family seeks reparations from school district.”

South King County sports writer Ben Ray received a second place prize in the “Sports Feature” category for his story “Federal Way boxer wins first professional fight by TKO.”

Beachcomber writer Elizabeth Shepherd received a second place award in the “Editorial and Commentary” category for her article “Writing about orcas? Dive deeper.”

Articles that were published throughout 2023 were eligible for this year’s SPJ’s Region 10 awards. Media outlets out of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska are part of Region 10.

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Northwest

Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing
Cars drive northbound through the intersection of Southeast 192nd Street and 140th Avenue Southeast in Fairwood. An 18-year-old was driving over 100 mph southbound through this intersection on March 19 when his car hit a minivan, resulting in the deaths of one woman and three minors.
King County Council approves traffic safety study in Fairwood

Fairwood community has been calling for more robust traffic safety in the area.

Want a speed limit decrease in Fairwood? Public comments are open until Aug. 6

The proposed reduction would be on 140th Avenue Southeast, where 4 were killed in March

A gray wolf. Gary Kramer/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
‘Endangered’ status to remain in effect for WA wolves

A sharply-divided state panel on July 19 retained strict protections for gray… Continue reading

9th Congressional District Rep. Adam Smith, 8th Congressional District Rep. Kim Schrier, 1st Congressional District Rep. Suzan DelBene and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell are among Democrats from Washington state who support President Joe Biden’s decision to stop his re-election campaign. Courtesy photos
WA Democrat leaders ‘applaud’ Biden for dropping out of race

Smith, Schrier, DelBene and Cantwell released statements in support of President Biden’s Sunday decision to no longer seek re-election.

Inquest explores 2019 fatal police shooting in Federal Way

Malik Williams was shot in an apartment parking lot.

Courtesy Photo, U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Way man accused of trafficking multimillion-dollars of stolen goods

Alongside a Bellevue man, the pair reportedly would buy stolen goods, then sell them online.

Teen dies in Auburn shooting

Officers responded at 10:45 p.m. July 12 to a shooting in the 500 block of A Street Southeast.

A boy picks out Honeycrisp apples for his family at Swans Trail Farms in Snohomish, Washington. Sound Publishing File Photo
Selling Washington’s food and farm products to the world

Department of Agriculture is assembling a program to help promote products grown, raised, caught, baked and brewed in Washington.

John Houston (center) speaks during a post-screening panel discussion for the “King County Reparations Project.” Pictured left to right: Stephanie Johnson-Tolliver, President of the Black Heritage Society of Washington State; Seattle Central College professor Rev. Carl Livingston; Houston; Director Angela Moorer; Former King County Councilmember Larry Gossett. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing
Documentary on reparations includes Renton family’s story

Reparations Project tells the stories of the displacement of African Americans in King County

Federal Way woman accused of driving high in fatal crash

Victim was age 19 and died three days after the crash.

A free CPR training and career fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent. COURTESY PHOTO, Puget Sound Fire
Fire authorities offer free CPR training, career fair Saturday, July 13

Event open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at accesso ShoWare Center in Kent