The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced its Pacific Northwest awards for 2004 on Saturday, May 21, and Seattle Weekly dominated the competition among alternative weeklies in five states with 19 awards and among non-daily newspapers in Western Washington state with 34 awards.
Seattle Weekly also won the Sweepstakes Award among Western Washington non-dailies for winning the most honors. In all, the paper won 54 SPJ awards for articles published in 2004.
Among alt-weeklies in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska, the next-biggest winner was Portland's Willamette Week with 11.
Seattle Weekly writer Nina Shapiro won four first-place awards; Philip Dawdy's series of stories about mental health were responsible for eight awards for reporting, photography, and design; and the paper's staff was awarded a first place in the alt-weeklies competition for 2004's Best of Seattle issue.
Complete results (PDF files): SPJ regional | SPJ Western Washington non-dailies