The Weekly's website, www.PaloAltoOnline.com, placed first for the third year in a row, having won in 2009 and 2010 as well.
It was also the first time a Palo Alto Online video has won the statewide award.
The Weekly's sister papers — the Almanac in south San Mateo County and the Mountain View Voice — picked up another three awards between them.
The first-place honors were given for:
* The Weekly's team coverage of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs last October;
* Coverage of youth and education issues by Staff Writer Chris Kenrick, specifically her cover story, "Nurturing happier, healthier youth";
* The Weekly's news and community website, Palo Alto Online;
* Staff Photographer Veronica Weber's video on the final days of the Palo Alto Bowl;
* Weber's feature photo of new father Steve Martz and his premature son, Samuel;
* Weber's photo essay of the Stanford Powwow;
* Best house ad for its series of Shop Palo Alto advertisements.
The categories for which the Weekly received second-place recognition were:
* Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner's coverage of local government, specifically the ongoing conflict between the City of Palo Alto and its labor unions;
* Online breaking news coverage for photos and articles about Steve Jobs' death;
* Sports Editor Keith Peter's shot of Menlo School water polo coach Jack Bowen being pushed into the pool after a championship win;
* Weber's art/nature photo, "Honeybee gathers nectar."
In addition to the first- and second-place honors, the Weekly also placed as a finalist in the categories of local breaking news, writing, photo essay, video and advertising excellence.
The competition involved more than 3,000 entries and winners were selected by journalists outside of the state. The contest grouped newspapers by size of circulation and frequency of publication.
The Almanac, which covers Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside, received second place in the youth or education category for Staff Writer Sandy Brundage's "Finding Home — Where a young girl found safety, family, hope."
The Voice snagged a first-place award for Michelle Le's photo essay, "Going ape for books," about the Castro School principal cavorting in a gorilla suit to reward students for their summer reading. Le also took home second place for her news photo of Amberlin Wu for the story "Sick and tired of chronic fatigue."
The Weekly's sister papers in Marin and the East Bay also took home honors. The Pacific Sun received two second-place awards, and the Pleasanton Weekly was recognized with two second-place honors.
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.
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