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News-Times, Hillsboro Tribune win Oregon journalism awards

The News-Times took second place in the coveted General Excellence category in the 2016 Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

General Excellence is the highest honor in the ONPA's annual contest. The awards were announced at the group's annual conference in Silverton July 21 and 22.

The Beaverton Valley Times and the Lake Oswego Review, sister papers to the News-Times took first and third place, respectively, in the General Excellence category.

Other awards won by News-Times staff include:

n Best Sports Photo: First place, Amanda Miles, for "Braves are state's best" and third place, Amanda Miles, for "Pacific Comeback Falls Short."

n Best Feature Photo: Second place, Chase Allgood, for "Fire & water in Forest Grove"

n Best News Photo: Third place, Travis Loose, for "Lefty"

n Best Educational Coverage: Third place, Stephanie Haugen, for "Mascot twist irks Banks Braves"

n Best Feature Story: Second place, Travis Loose, for "Angels in the Kitchen"

The Hillsboro Tribune took a second place award in photography for Amanda Miles' photo, "Spartans steal the spotlight."