Encinitas Advocate writers win nine awards

Reporters for this newspaper and its sister newspapers recently won nine journalism awards in the nondaily division of the 2016 San Diego Society of Professional Journalists awards contest.

Kristina Houck won three first place awards (categories: arts/entertainment story, environmental story, multicultural story), two second place awards (categories: business story, education story) and one third place award (feature story).

Jared Whitlock won two first place awards (catgories: nondeadline news story, political/government story) and one third place award (environmental story).

This newspaper and its staff have won numerous national, regional and local awards over the years, including two state first place “Best Lifestyle Coverage” awards and three first place national “General Excellence.”