Off the Mapp wins first place in 2023 Society of Professional Journalists San Diego Pro Chapter awards

Lauren J. Mapp
I'm excited to announce that Off the Mapp has won the first place prize in the "Digital — Blog" category during the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists annual awards banquet.

This year's awards banquet was held on June 20 at Stone Brewing Co. in Liberty Station, where our chapter welcomed more than 160 guests to celebrate the best of local journalism published in 2022. Last night was also the final event of my two-term tenure as a member of the SPJ San Diego board. 

During my four years working to uphold the standards of ethical journalism throughout the region as a board member, I have enjoyed mentoring student journalists, organizing events like the annual banquet and selecting our scholarship honorees each year.

I'm so thankful to all who voted me into office, and to this year's judges from the Press Club of Long Island for selecting my work to be honored.  

First Place, Digital — Blog
What the judges said: "Love the food and travel blog. Great topics - strong writing with great visuals."

Second Place, Digital — Social Media Account

First Place, Daily Reporting and Writing — Health Story
What the judges said: " 'Chula Vista Mother...' is a remarkable, skillful use of science, simile and story-telling."

First Place, Daily Reporting and Writing — Multicultural Story
What the judges said: "This is a beautifully written piece on the return of tule boat making. It follows a closely honed narrative with rich descriptive detail that brings out the cultural heritage behind this practice. The piece is accompanied by a wonderful photo essay that allows the reader to see firsthand this important tradition."

Third Place, Daily Reporting and Writing — Multicultural Story
What the judges said: "This piece is a critical look at the wrongs of cultural appropriation, particularly for-profit appropriation. Excellent work."

First Place, Daily Reporting and Writing — Politics/Election Story

Second Place, Daily Reporting and Writing — Politics/Election Story


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