NPPA: The Voice of Visual Journalists

Monthly News Clip Contest

1st Place Feature/Multiple Picture: “'American Idol' auditions”
Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman
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Thousands of people came from miles around for their chance at fame and fortuneby auditioning for "American Idol" at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Friday June 26, 2009. The crowd was massive before dawn.

Judges’ comments for the category

The essays that stood out against the others were more effective at giving a sense of storytelling. American Idol provided a nice variety of story, humor and moments. The stadium essay was the only essay with a sense of narrative progression and many images were well shot. Grandpa Joe was the only essay with a personal connection, but all the images were very similar.

Ron Johnson, Josh Birnbaum, Fred Zwicky, David Zalaznik Journal Star/Peoria, IL

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R8 regional point tally

(year to date; the top 10 places are shown, plus ties)

624
Lisa Krantz
524
Nicole Fruge/Education Week
514
Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman
484
Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun
482
Michael DeMocker
422
Ronald Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News
414
Nellie Doneva
304
William Feig Jr./The Advocate
292
Matthew Hinton/Times-Picayune
264
G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News
John Bowersmith/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

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