Weekly wins 10 Bay Area journalism awards

Honors received for analysis, continuing coverage, breaking news, overall excellence and more

The Palo Alto Weekly received 10 journalism awards for its work, including third place for overall excellence, at the annual San Francisco Peninsula Press Club awards dinner in Foster City Saturday night, May 19.

News organizations from throughout the greater Bay Area vied for honors, including online, print, television and radio outlets. The journalism contest covered work done in 2011. The Weekly competed against other non-daily newspapers.

The Weekly's series on the lack of purpose among youth by writer Terri Lobdell took home first place in the category of series. Reporter Sue Dremann's cover story about companies focusing on biofuel bested other weekly publications' work in the category of business/technology. Her reporting on the precarious future of Caltrain was chosen as best analysis.

City hall reporter Gennady Sheyner's articles on the tense relationship between the City of Palo Alto and its labor unions won for continuing coverage.

The staff's coverage of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' death in October took second place in the breaking-news category. Dremann and photographer Veronica Weber won second place in the news-story category for their article on people living in their cars.

Sheyner took third place in the categories of analysis and feature story of a serious nature for his reporting on last November's Measure E (the undedication of 10 acres in the Baylands) and murder victim Jennifer Schipsi's final hours, respectively.

Film critic Susan Tavernetti won third place in the entertainment category for her review of director Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris."

The contest entries were judged by press clubs in Bakersfield, Cleveland, Florida, Milwaukee, New Orleans and San Diego.

In the Press Club's contest for high schools, Gunn High School's Oracle, took first place for general excellence.

High school journalist Brian Benton of Palo Alto High was awarded a Herb Caen scholarship of $1,500.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff


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Posted by Michele Dauber
a resident of Barron Park
on May 21, 2012 at 9:07 am

GREAT WORK! Congratulations Terri on your fabulous cover story. You guys rock.

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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Midtown
on May 21, 2012 at 9:27 am

Who won the award for Best Censorship and Stifling of Free Speech? I would have thought the weekly would be competitive in that arena.

Seems that there are plenty of these type of awards being given out--wasn't there a story a few weeks back of the Weekly being showered with awards. Does not say much, IMHO, about the quality of these awards if the Weekly is winning them. ANd really-an award for a single movie review!!!! Sounds like this is all a good old boys network, where newspapers get together and shower each other with awards.

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Posted by Mind Speaker
a resident of Barron Park
on May 21, 2012 at 9:38 am

MV Voice has a FAR more uptight quelcher of opinions if they happen to be against what the mod feels.
Try commenting on any story of interest in the MV Voice. They'll lock it up to registered users so quickly it'll make your head spin, and will instantly stifling any back and forth discussions. The Mod on the Voice page only wants to read about happy things and pretty smelling flowers. I guess at the Voice, silence is better that free discussion.

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Posted by Bucky
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 21, 2012 at 9:55 am

Forum gets what forum wants. It's their sandbox. No 1st Amendment need apply, nor will it.

I guess I'm okay with that.

Until they crow about "journalism" awards.

Congrats on the awards.

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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Midtown
on May 21, 2012 at 10:17 am

"Forum gets what forum wants. It's their sandbox. No 1st Amendment need apply, nor will it."

You are correct, Bucky. But as I stated many times, I expect more from a forum run by journalists--given how journalists have been fighting for free speech issues for centuries. Very disappointing actions by the Weekly staff.

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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 21, 2012 at 10:21 am

Thanks PA Weekly (and PAOnline) for keeping it clean(er) than most sites, and(more) on topic than most sites. I have also found that your reporting of local issues tends to be a little more evenhanded on both sides than most local papers...actually, most papers period.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Gunn High School
on May 21, 2012 at 11:06 am

GO GUNN !!! Congratulations Oracle!

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Posted by Avid Reader
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm

You folks do a tremendous job for the community. Thank you for filling in the gap outside the boundaries of the Chronicle and Merc. Offering a venue to get local news is very much appreciated. I echo the comment . . . "You rock!"

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Posted by question
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Did you guys ever answer the censorship question? I can't find it.

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Posted by ChrisC
a resident of College Terrace
on May 25, 2012 at 12:12 am

Congratulations to Gennady and to Susan, from whom I took film classes a long, long time ago. I love PA Weekly and Online. Keep up the good work.

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