The Deseret News received a total of 30 awards at the 2008 Society of Professional Journalists Awards Banquet on Friday night. Journalists and staff brought the paper 10 first-place awards, 10 second-place awards and 10 third-place awards. The paper also received a total of six honorary mentions.
In the category for Best Paper, the Deseret News finished second. For Best News-Oriented Web site the Deseret News received a third-place award. The staff received a second-place award in Spot News for the story "Miners Trapped."
Lee Davidson received four awards and an honorary mention at the banquet. Davidson received a first-place award in Sports Reporting for the story "Utah's Dangerous Water," and in General Reporting for the story "Scouts may be thrifty, but some leaders are well paid." Davidson received two second-place awards in the categories for Religion and Values Reporting and Government Reporting.
Lois Collins received a third-place award for Best Reporter and shared first place in Medical/Science Reporting with Elaine Jarvik for the story "Dying to feel better."
For the Series category, Dennis Romboy and Lucinda Dillon-Kinkead received a first-place award for their story "Don't hit mommy."
In Art/Illustration, Robert Noyce received a first-place award for "300 Spartans" and a third-place award for "The Earhart Mystery."
Tom Smart received a second-place award for Best Photographer. In Spot News he received a first-place award for his shot "Deportation," and in Feature Photography a third-place award for the shot "Dance Class Boy Shortage."
Laura Seitz received a first-place award in feature photography for the shot "Sumo Bikers."
Scott Winterton received the third-place award for Best Photographer. He received both second- and third-place awards in the Photo Essay category for the essays "Drug Bust" and "Air Races." Winterton also won a third-place award in Spot News for "Slurry Drop on I-15." In Page Design, Jessica Berry received a first-place award for the Feature page "The Lessons of Pompeii." John Clark received a second-place award in this category for "State it on a plate."
For Front Page design Heidi Perry received a third-place award for the page "They died as heroes."
Jeffrey Allred received a first-place award for his Photo Essay "Mexican Baptism." In Feature photography, Allred received a second-place award for the shot "Handcart Trek."
Mike Terry received a second-place award in Spot News for his photo "Mall Shooting."