Patch Claims 18 Prizes at 38th Annual San Diego Press Club Awards

Patch editors and freelancers (from left, bottom) Deanne Goodman, Christine Huard, Annie Lane, Chris Stone and Hoa Quách. Behind are Ken Stone and James Newland.

Patch sites in San Diego County collected 18 prizes Tuesday night in the San Diego Press Club’s 38th annual Excellence in Journalism Awards, led by La Mesa Patch with a dozen.

Only the The San Diego Union-Tribune won more honors—24—as a single organization than the five Patch sites recognized at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. Poway Patch added three awards. Carlsbad Patch, La Jolla Patch and Encinitas Patch received one each.

La Mesa Patch took third place for Overall News Site—after the San Diego Daily Transcript site San Diego Source and SignOnSanDiego.com, website of the Union-Tribune.

Three first-place plaques went to Chris Stone of La Mesa for photography in the Daily Newspapers and Websites category. She won for sports (a swimming shot), portrait (T-ball player) and photo essay (memorial for a fallen soldier).  She also won a third-place award for photos of a Poway jousting tournament.

San Diego County has 13 Patch sites, including Camp Pendleton Patch.  Other sites are in Coronado, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Mount Helix, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo and Santee. Poway Patch and La Mesa Patch were the first sites launched locally—in late September 2010. Patch has more than 860 sites nationwide.

Ken Stone, a 12-year La Mesa resident with his freelancer wife, Chris, has been editor of La Mesa Patch since late July 2010.

“I’m humbled that La Mesa Patch was recognized among the best news sites in the county,” Stone said. “This will fuel our efforts to provide La Mesans the best daily news and information package they can find anywhere.”

Judging was done by journalists in New Orleans, San Francisco, Syracuse, Tulsa, Milwaukee, Houston, Los Angeles, Cleveland and St. Louis.

Here are the Patch honorees at Tuesday night’s awards:

First-place awards

Second-place awards

  • Ken Stone, Breaking News, Lake Park Condos Hit by 2-Alarm Blaze; Veteran Firefighter Saves Rookie, La Mesa Patch
  • Ken Stone, General News, Kitzman vs. Kitzman: Court Fight Over Family Trust Ends in Settlement, La Mesa Patch
  • Ken Stone, Photography: Feature, Ken Stone and La Mesa Patch at Your Public Service, La Mesa Patch
  • Ken Stone, Photography: Photo Essay, Once a Scottie, Always a Scottie: The Class of 2011 Saluted in a Sea of Green, La Mesa
  • Ken Stone, Public Service/Consumer Advocacy, Questions Raised About La Mesa Police Officers Association Charity Efforts, La Mesa Patch
  • Ken Stone, Series, Comic-Con Not So Super at City Hall: Local Office Lacks Business License, La Mesa Patch
  • Michael Grant, Column, Back to the Future—and La Mesa’s Own Mile of Classic Cars, La Mesa Patch
  • Nicole Sours Larson, Health and Medicine, The Healing Power of “Therapet”: Henry the Three-Legged Cat, La Jolla Patch
  • James Newland, History, Boy Scouts Pull “Annihilation” Prank on Army Troops at Grossmont Camp, La Mesa Patch
  • Deanne Goodman and Ann Zevely, Reviews: Restaurants, In-N-Out’s “Secret” Menu Revealed, Tasted and Reviewed, Carlsbad Patch
  • Tom York, Science/Technology, Rave Reviews for Vet-Stem’s Therapies for Dogs and Horses, Poway Patch

Third-place awards

  • Pat Launer, Arts & Entertainment Reporting, Richard II: Not the Guy with the Hump, Encinitas Patch
  • Annie Lane and Ken Stone, Political/Government, Mission Impossible: La Mesa Agency Will Never Repay $63 Million Debt
  • Chris Stone, Photography: Photo Essay, German Knight in Shining Armor Rules Poway in 2010, Poway Patch
  • La Mesa Patch, Overall News Site