DOWNEY — The Downey Patriot was nominated for five awards in the L.A. Press Club’s SoCal Journalism Awards Contest.
Finalists were announced Tuesday and were selected from more than 1,700 entries, contest organizers said.
Staff writer Alex Dominguez picked up three nominations, while freelance journalist William Odis Martin and editor Eric Pierce earned one nomination each.
Dominguez’s coverage of a suspected active shooter at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Downey was nominated in the “Hard News” division.
His profile of Doty Middle School counselor Carrie Redfox earned a nomination in the “Personality Profile” division, and his essay on a profane city council gadfly was nominated in the “Commentary” category.
In the same “Commentary” division, Pierce was nominated for his story about Downey small businesses and their success in going viral on social media.
Odis-Martin was nominated for Best Sports Photo for his capture of a sparring session at King Cobra MMA gym in Downey.
A full list of nominees is available here. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony June 30 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.