The Palo Alto Weekly was honored Saturday as best large newsweekly in California and, for the fourth year in a row, PaloAltoOnline.com was named best news website in its category in an annual journalism competition.
The prestigious General Excellence award and a dozen other honors were bestowed to the Weekly by the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) at a Universal City ceremony on April 27.
A panel of 35 journalists from states outside of Califonia selected the winners, who were chosen from among journalists with daily, weekly and school newspapers.
"This is a clear winner," wrote the judges who selected the Weekly for the General Excellence award. "The depth and range of its coverage is impressive. ... The editors obviously take seriously their public service obligation."
The competition judges reviewed more than 4,000 entries and chose 450 award winners in the Better Newspapers Contest.
Overall, the Weekly received a company record of six first-place and seven second-place honors, competing against other weekly papers of its circulation size.
The first-place awards were for
Coverage of local government for "Palo Alto's ticking time bomb" by Gennady Sheyner
Coverage of local education for "Weekly calls for halt to confidential memos" by Weekly staff, including Chris Kenrick and Jay Thorwaldson
News photo for Veronica Weber's "Page Mill Road accident"
Feature photo for Veronica Weber's "Buzzz"
Best website for PaloAltoOnline.com
General Excellence by the Weekly staff
The Weekly also garnered several second-place awards for
Best writing for Sue Dremann's "Who will help?"
Local breaking news for "High-tech investigation nabs alleged burglar of Steve Jobs' home" by Gennady Sheyner
Coverage of business, financial or economic news for "Psyching out the Facebook effect" by Carol Blitzer
Coverage of local education for "Learning the Language" by Chris Kenrick
Arts & Entertainment coverage by Rebecca Wallace
Page design and layout by the Palo Alto Weekly design staff
Sports photo for "Senior soccer" by Veronica Weber
The Weekly's sister papers on the Peninsula also picked up awards in their circulation categories. The Almanac in Menlo Park received five awards, including first place for a feature story written by Renee Batti.
The Mountain View Voice picked up a first-place award for an article on an underground toxics plume by Daniel DeBolt.
In addition, the Weekly received honorable mentions in the categories of editorial comment, investigative reporting, sports section, sports story, special sports section, coverage of the environment, coverage of business/technology, coverage of education, news photo, artistic photo, feature photo, sports photo and photo essay.
Founded in 1979 by Publisher Bill Johnson, the Palo Alto Weekly produces a Friday print edition; a daily e-edition, Express; and the news and community website PaloAltoOnline.com, which hosts Town Square, the online discussion forum, among other features. PaloAltoOnline.com news and sports can also be accessed through the iPhone app, "Palo Alto."
The California Newspaper Publishers Association is a nonprofit trade association for more than 800 publications. Founded in 1888, it represents daily and weekly newspapers and news websites throughout California.