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.