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Providence Publications Awards

Over the last few years, Providence Publications has been recognized for journalistic excellence by three of the major trade associations. The Newsletter on Newsletters, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA) have recognized Workers' Comp Executive and Cal-OSHA Reporter for their work in numerous categories including government service, public service, and breaking news.   

2013

SIPA 3rd place Bess Shapiro, Nick Hurley, Comeron Congdon, RObbie LynnWhen the Senate Rules Committee conducted a confirmation hearing for Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker and Division of Workers' Compensation Administrator Rosa Moran, Workers’ Comp Executive brought cameras to the hearing room. Capitol Correspondent Bess Shapiro provided the wind up with the Capitol Building as a backdrop before moving to the hearing room to capture the action. Using two cameras, Workers’ Comp Executive’s video team filmed both the nominees and the committee members.

Combining Bess Shapiro’s narration with the seamless splicing together of important video clips, Workers’ Comp Executive was able to capture the essence of a two hour long confirmation hearing in a four and a half minute segment.

Reporter: Bess Shapiro

Video staff: Robbie Lynn, Nick Hurley, Cameron Congdon

Title:  And the Ayes Have It

Contest: Specialized Information Publishers Association

Category: Best Use of Video

Place: 3rd

 

SIPA 2nd place Bess Shapiro, Robbie Lynn, Nick Hurley, Cameron CongdonFollowing a rash of worker deaths and injuries in confined spaces California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) launched a special emphasis program and Cal-OSHA Reporter brought out the cameras to bring the news to subscribers. Cal-OSHA Reporter’s crack video team shot live interviews of experts as DOSH and the Oakland Fire Department teamed up to demonstrate confined space hazards, prevention techniques and the importance of rescue plans.

Breaking down the interviews, reporter Kevin Thompson and the Cal-OSHA Reporter’s video staff put together the most important segments of expert interviews with the Oakland Fire Department demonstrations serving as a backdrop. Kevin’s detailed coverage combined with the relative footage of experts and live demonstrations provided an informative video package for Cal-OSHA Reporter subscribers on an important topic.

Reporter: Kevin Thompson

Video staff: Robbie Lynn, Nick Hurley, Cameron Congdon

Title: Widess: There is No Room for Error

Contest: Specialized Information Publishers Association

Category: Best Use of Video

Place: 2nd

 

2012  

2012 SPIA Best Spot News or Single News Story Kevin Thompson second placeWhen California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health landed on Napa State Hospital with an alleged willful/serious violation of the hospital’s injury and illness prevention program, following the death of a psych tech at the hands of a patient, Cal-OSHA Reporter was there to bring a major occupational safety issue to life. Reporter Kevin Thompson followed up on his award winning work exposing the weaknesses in the system including the hospital’s failure to adequately follow its own safety procedures. In addition, thanks in no small part to Cal-OSHA Reporter’s well regarded coverage at the Capitol, the Legislature commenced hearings with the DOSH chief Ellen Widess to discuss how to improve safety at the state hospitals.  

Reporter:  Kevin Thompson  

TitleNapa State Hospital Hit with Willful Violations in Psych Tech's Death

Follow upPanel Looks at State Hospital Safety  

Contest: Specialized Information Publishers Association 

Category:  Best Spot News or Single News Story  

Place: 2nd

 

2012 SIPA Best Use of Video Third Place Kevin Thompson Robbie Lynn Cameron CongdonHeat illness is a serious matter in California’s occupational safety and health community, especially in the expansive and important agricultural industry.  Cal-OSHA followed through on this mission by enhancing its written coverage with a video news story of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s campaign to stamp out heat illness. Cal-OSHA Reporter’s video team captured the experts discussing the importance of heat illness prevention and what DOSH plans to do about it. Editor Kevin Thompson delivered a news story interspersed with relevant clips of DOSH personnel including Ellen Widess, the new chief of DOSH, representatives of trade associations and labor representatives. 

Reporter:   Kevin Thompson 

Video crew:  Robbie Lynn, Cameron Congdon 

TitleMeeting Heat in Modesto 

Contest: Specialized Information Publishers Association 

Category: Best Use of Video 

Place:  3rd 

 

2011  

2011 SIPA award Best Investigative Reporting Kevin Thompson Honorable MentionWhen a nurse was killed at Napa State Hospital by a patient who was also a convicted felon, the safety standards at these facilities came under intense scrutiny. But even before this, a nurse at the facility contacted Kevin Thompson at Cal-OSHA Reporter telling him on the record about how dangerous conditions at the facility really were. Other nurses corroborated instances of violence against staff by inmates and their inability to properly deal with it. As a result of the deaths and violence, legislators have introduced bills applying additional safety standards at these facilities. 

Reporter: Kevin Thompson 

Title:  "Staffers Say Safety and Napa State Hospital Is "Snake Pit," "Catch-22" and "Cuckoo's Nest" Rolled into One"  

Contest: Specialized Information Publishers Association 

Category: Best Investigative Reporting 

Place: Honorable Mention 

 

 

2011 Newsletter on Newsletters Best Governmental Reporting Kevin Thompson and J Dale Debber First PlaceCal-OSHA Reporter editor Kevin Thompson and Publisher J Dale Debber collaborated on an editorial targeting a member of the Cal/OSHA Standards Board who was derelict in his duty. The Cal/OSHA Standards Board sets important safety standards for California industries. In a hard hitting editorial that appeared in both print and video, Debber pointed out that Jose Moreno represented labor interests on the board, yet he missed 28 out of 37 meetings.  When a crucial vote regarding heat standards came up Moreno’s absence on that day caused the vote to fail, a crushing blow to labor representatives.  These revelations not only led to Moreno's resignation, but his loss in a union election. 

Reporters: J Dale Debber, Kevin Thompson 

Title: The Missing Mr. Moreno Must Move 

Contest: Newsletter on Newsletters 

Category: Best Governmental Reporting 

Place: 1st 

 

 

2011 Newsletter on Newsletters Award for Public Service, j Dale Debber and Kevin Thompson, First PlaceCal-OSHA Reporter editor Kevin Thompson and Publisher J Dale Debber collaborated on an editorial targeting a member of the Cal/OSHA Standards Board who was derelict in his duty. The Cal/OSHA Standards Board sets important safety standards for California industries. In a hard hitting editorial that appeared in both print and video, Debber pointed out that Jose Moreno represented labor interests on the board, yet he missed 28 out of 37 meetings.  When a crucial vote regarding heat standards came up Moreno’s absence on that day caused the vote to fail, a crushing blow to labor representatives.  These revelations not only led to Moreno's resignation, but his loss in a union election. 

Reporters: J Dale Debber, Kevin Thompson 

Title: The Missing Mr. Moreno Must Move 

Contest: Newsletter on Newsletters 

Category: Award for Public Service 

Place: 1st 

 

 

2010  

2010 Society Of Professional Journalists Award for Public Service Newsletter Journalism Kevin Thompson First PlaceWhen a nurse was killed at Napa State Hospital by a patient who was also a convicted felon, the safety standards at these facilities came under intense scrutiny. But even before this, a nurse at the facility contacted Kevin Thompson at Cal-OSHA Reporter telling him on the record about how dangerous conditions at the facility really were. Other nurses corroborated instances of violence against staff by inmates and their inability to properly deal with it. As a result of the deaths and violence, legislators have introduced bills applying additional safety standards at these facilities. 

Reporter:  Kevin Thompson 

Title:  "Staffers Say Safety and Napa State Hospital Is "Snake Pit," "Catch-22" and "Cuckoo's Nest" Rolled into One"  

Contest:  Society of Professional Journalists 

Category:  Public Service Newsletter Journalism 

Place: 1st  

 

 

2009  

Society of Professional Journalists Public Service Newsletter Journalism First Place Kevin ThompsonWhen Cal-OSHA Reporter found out that a Walmart employee contracted Hepatitis B, the search was on to find the cause. Reporter/ editor  Kevin  Thompson revealed, Walmart had  not  taken the proper  steps  to  address needle  sticks  by tagging  guns  and  was  seemingly unaware that it  was a problem. Getting stuck by a tagging gun was just considered part of the job. Once the issue came to light, Walmart cooperated with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to address the hazard immediately including issuing individual tagging guns to employees. Walmart was cited for several health and safety violations including allegedly failing to maintain a Sharps Injury Log of exposure incidents and for failing to provide hand protection to employees using tagging guns. DOSH proposed more than $16,000 in penalties.  

Reporter:  Kevin Thompson 

Title:  Walmart Tagged by Needle Sticks  

Contest:  Society of Professional Journalists 

Category: Public Service Newsletter Journalism 

Place: 1st 

 

 

Newsletters on Newsletters Best Free NetLetter Rick Waldinger Kevin Thompson Second PlaceThe Cal-OSHA Reporter News Digest is a daily aggregation of news stories throughout the country that informs Cal-OSHA Reporter's readers on important health and safety developments in other states. Digest editor Rick Waldinger with the help of Cal-OSHA Reporter editor Kevin Thompson summarizes each news story, so their busy readers can get a quick synopsis. Each summary also includes a link to the story for more information. The news digest enjoys a readership of 20,000. 

Editors:  Rick Waldinger, Kevin Thompson  

Contest: Newsletter on Newsletters 

Category: Best Free Net-Letter 

Place: 2nd 

 

 

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