Top awards for travel journalism are going to the Chicago Tribune, Orange County (Calif.) Register and the Record of Hackensack, N.J., and to Alan Solomon, travel writer for the Chicago Tribune.
They are first-place winners in the 14th annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, for work done in 1997. The newspapers were winners in various circulation categories. Solomon was named Travel Journalist of the Year from among 39 competitors, each of whom submitted up to nine articles from newspapers, magazines or both. Solomon also came in first, second or third in four individual categories.
Top travel magazine among those publishing at least once a month is Arizona Highways; for magazines publishing less than monthly, the winner is Islands.
Judging of the 1,134 entries in 21 categories was done by the journalism faculty at the University of Florida. The competition is open to print and electronic media and is conducted by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation.