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Jeff Roland nominated for Chess Journalist of Year

Photo by Adam Porth: 2014 - 2017 Best Magazine/Newsletter Awards.

From December 2012 to June 2018, Jeffrey Roland of Boise, Idaho has edited 67 consecutive editions of Northwest Chess magazine, which covers chess activity in the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. He has always performed this task with dedication, enthusiasm and attention to detail and accuracy. Since Northwest Chess is a small organization (the magazine has fewer than 1,000 subscribers), Jeff is often called upon to perform multiple tasks, for example not just editing and layout, but also writing (usually about chess events in Idaho), photography and photo editing. As a result of Jeff’s efforts and those of the other magazine contributors (most of whom are unpaid), Northwest Chess has been judged "Best State Magazine" for 2014-17 by the Chess Journalists of America.

Ten samples of Jeff’s work have been submitted for this award, covering editing/layout, editorial writing, feature writing and photography. All of these samples are from Northwest Chess magazine issues dated June 2017 to May 2018, and available online, both as published (usually in black and white) and in color. Judges are also welcome to consider any other samples of Jeff’s work contained in these magazines, and/or in the two special online books of chess cartoons that Jeff compiled. (The actual cartoons were drawn by Brian Berger, who has been nominated separately for the chess art award.)

In addition to serving as editor, Jeff also takes a serious interest in the business, educational and promotional aspects of chess in the Northwest by serving on the Northwest Chess board of directors.

Here are ten suggested samples of his work to consider, although others are also available in the various magazines posted. I didn’t want to post this online for Jeff to see yet!

Submitted by Eric Holcomb.

Examples from Northwest Chess (see document for list.):


December 2017, all pages, Special holiday issue printed with eight color pages.

Editorial writing:

November 2017, page 4, From the Editor's Desk

January 2018, page 6, Editor's Response

May 2018, pages 8-9, Response to Micah's Letter.

Feature Writing:

July 2017, pages 16-18, 2017 Idaho Scholastic Champion of Champions

August 2017, pages 17-20, The Xu Open

January 2018, pages 4-5, Western Idaho Open.


September 2017, page 32, Back cover photo of James Schroeder.

November 2017, page 1, Front cover photo of James Tarian.

February 2018, page 32 Back cover photo of David Zaklan (Also scroll down on the back issues page to see the color versions of the cover photos for this issue.


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