Scot Heisel named editor of the Chieftain

Scot Heisel is the new editor of the Wallowa County Chieftain.

Scot Heisel is the new editor of the Wallowa County Chieftain.

A Western Montana native with 15 years of experience as a professional journalist has joined the Wallowa County Chieftain as the newspaper’s new editor.

Scot Heisel of Missoula, Mont., recently moved to Enterprise and began work Oct. 21. He replaces former Chieftain Editor Rob Ruth, who left the newspaper in September.

“I’m so happy to live in such a beautiful and friendly part of the Northwest,” Heisel said. “The landscape reminds me a lot of Montana, and everyone I’ve met so far — particularly the Chieftain staff — has made me feel right at home.”

Heisel, 44, earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature at the University of Montana in 1994. He later studied journalism for two years as a graduate student at UM before landing his first newspaper job at The Eastside Journal in Bellevue, Wash., in 2000.

Heisel returned to his hometown in 2001 to work as a copy editor and page designer at the Missoulian newspaper. In 2004 he took a job with The Daily News in Longview, Wash., where he worked until last July. He most recently served as features editor as well as assistant managing editor in charge of digital publishing.

“I’ve spent the last seven years exploring all the new ways to serve readers through websites and social media, and I look forward to utilizing that experience in my new role in Wallowa County,” he said.

Prior to his journalism career, Heisel worked for a family-owned grocery store in Missoula for seven years during high school and college. He is recently divorced and has two beagles, Archie and Henry.

The Chieftain traces its beginnings to 1884. In 2000 it was acquired by the company now known as EO Media Group, which also includes the East Oregonian in Pendleton, the Blue Mountain Eagle in John Day, and eight other regional newspapers.

Cynthia Washicko joins CRBJ reporting staff

Cynthia Washicko

Cynthia Washicko

LONG BEACH — Cynthia Washicko is Coast River Business Journal’s new reporter, covering business and the economy in the Columbia-Pacific region.

Washicko will be physically based in Astoria and Long Beach, while also spending time in South Clatsop County, where she will report on Seaside and Cannon Beach from the Seaside Signal office.

“I moved to Long Beach about two weeks ago from Anaheim, CA after graduating from the journalism and political science programs at Cal State Fullerton in May,” Washicko said on Sept. 1.

“I got my start in journalism in high school, when an English teacher encouraged me to join the school paper, which was scrounging for writers,” she said. “After a bit of a learning curve transitioning from creative writing to news copy, I learned to love reporting and decided to pursue it further in college.”

Washicko then became involved with her campus paper, the Daily Titan, and eventually became one of the paper’s sleep-deprived news editors during her senior year. She also joined the staff of the campus magazine, Tusk, and became the publication’s’ managing editor for her final semester.

Inn Washington, D.C. over the course of two summers, Washicko spent three months apiece at U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Business Journal.

“My background isn’t all journalism, though,” Washicko said. “For three years I worked at a preschool and I spent my senior year of college working at a crane company.”

Washicko can be reached at 503-791-8802 or Message may also be left for her at the Chinook Observer, 800-643-3703, or the Daily Astorian, 800-781-3211.

Chieftain wins seven awards

Wallowa County ChieftainThe Wallowa County Chieftain garnered a total of seven awards in two annual contests sponsored by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association (ONPA).

The Chieftain news staff received three awards in ONPA’s 2015 Better Newspaper Contest, while the newspaper’s advertising department brought home four awards in the association’s 2015 Better Ad Ideas Contest. Submissions are judged against those from other newspapers of similarly sized circulation.

In the Better Newspaper Contest, an installment of former reporter Rocky Wilson’s Jabberwock II column, headlined, “Rayford saw the crew through,” was awarded first place in the Best Local Column category. Wilson also wrote “Wolves traveling closer to residences,” a story awarded third place in Best Spot News.

An editorial penned by Editor Rob Ruth, “Incumbent bark up wrong tree with dog regs,” was meanwhile awarded first place in the Best Editorial category.

On the advertising side, Advertising Sales Consultant Brooke Pace and Graphic Designer Robby Day were architects of submissions titled “Safe Harbors: Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” which won first place in the Best Institutional/Image Ad category; “BeeCharmed Marketplace,” first place in Merchandising Ad/Best Multi-color; “Donate a Bag of Food,” second place in Most Effective Use of Small Space; and “North Street Pizza,” third place in the Merchandising Ad category.

ONPA is based in Salem.

The Wallowa County Chieftain is an EO Media Group publication.

Capital Press sweeps ONPA divison

site-logo-1The Capital Press swept the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association awards contest for its division.

Competing against other associate members, the Capital Press won first-place awards in each of the five award categories.

In the target audience category, the newspaper was honored on its level of interest, relevance, creativity and commitment to its audience.

Photographs of the aftermaths of Washington’s 2014 Carlton Complex fire taken by reporter Dan Wheat were judged based on their news value/human interest quality, originality and imagination, composition, and photo technical quality.

Reporter Eric Mortenson received honors in the writing category. Two stories — “Ag tells its story,” and “Rural Oregon, Meet Portland” — were centerpiece stories that focused on efforts to bridge the rural/urban divide. A third concerned the debate over growing canola in the Willamette Valley.

In the design category, three issues of the Capital Press from February, May and October were judged on the basis of the use of headlines, effective use of photography, content, makeup, and typography.

Capital Press graphic artist Alan Kenaga received first-place honors for his graphic explaining drought conditions in 2014. He also won second- and third-place awards for graphics explaining the ag census and the impact of 2014 election results on farmers and ranchers.

As a result of its five first-place finishes, the Capital Press received the Sweepstakes Award.

Eagle brings home awards from ONPA

site-logoLincoln City – The Blue Mountain Eagle staff brought home a collection of awards from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association (ONPA) annual meeting and awards banquet, held last week in Lincoln City.

The Eagle news staff received seven awards in ONPA’s 2015 Better Newspaper Contest, while the newspaper’s advertising department brought home five awards in the association’s 2015 Better Ad Ideas Contest. Submissions are judged against those from other newspapers of similarly sized circulation.

In its circulation division in the news competition, the staff won first place in Best Page One Design.

Angel Carpenter, sports editor for the Eagle, brought home first and second place awards for Best Sports Photo for the picture she captured from the bull riding challenge tour held at the fairgrounds and a photo of Sivanna Hodge during a swim meet in John Day.

Scotta Callister won second place for Best Writing for her coverage of the South Fork fire last year, the fire at the ESD building and the story, “Religion wafts through Seneca pot case.”

Cheryl Hoefler, Eagle reporter, won third place for Best Writing for her stories, “Water, water everywhere;” “More than a century of fond farewells;” and  “Teaching the dream.”

Callister also won third place in Best Editorial Page.

The staff’s 2014 Hunting Journal won third place in the Best Special Section or Issue category.

On the advertising side, the sales team was recognized for submissions titled “Superior Homes: Looking to Expand,” which won first place in the Best Advertising Headline category; “Log Cabin Espresso: May your cup of joy” second place in Best Advertising Headline; “Blue Mountain Hospital: Treat your feet,” third place in Best Institutional/image Ad;  “Grant County Vets – Salute,” third place in Best Multi-sponsor ROP Ads; and “Wild West: New Location,” third place in the Most Effective Use of Small Space Ad category.

ONPA is based in Salem.