Empire reporter wins writing award

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2002

JUNEAU - Winners of the annual Southam Awards for excellence in sailing communication were announced recently in Miami.

The $5,000 cash grand prize was won by Paul Lagasse of Silver Springs, Md., whose article, "Taking It To the Wind," beat out 89 other entries in a variety of categories.

New for Southam 2001 was the division in the popular newspaper category according to circulation. In the Newspapers Under 100,000 category, the winner was Juneau Empire staff writer Ann Chandonnet, whose article "Youths Learning on the Water" was published last summer in the Empire. The award said, "Chandonnet's article covered junior sailing classes and created a very positive image of sailing as an affordable option for youth and adults alike in this Alaskan community, with an emphasis on fun and safety."

Chandonnet, a three-year employee of the Empire, received a cash prize of $1,000.

"We were very pleased by this year's rich field of entries and the positive portrayal of sailing in many areas of coverage," said Sail America marketing committee chairperson Sally Helme. "The quality of submissions was simply outstanding."

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