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Weekly, Palo Alto Online named 'best in state'

Original post made on Apr 27, 2013

The Palo Alto Weekly was honored Saturday as best large newsweekly in California and PaloAltoOnline.com as the best news website in its category in an annual journalism competition.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, April 27, 2013, 3:29 PM

Comments (15)

Posted by What?, a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 27, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Not that some recognition isn't in order. But I must ask, who was the competition, and was Palo Alto city hall staff or Councilmembers the judges?


Posted by Princess Awards, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 27, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Congrats to all the individual winners. Also, to the many other winners in the hundreds of categories created by the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) - a TRADE ASSOCIATION!! - that wants to make all of its members happy so that they have something to crow about to their advertisers. Follow the money!


Posted by Michele Dauber, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 27, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Nicely done, well deserved. But when they gave you an excellence award for "public service commitment and the website, did they read TS?


Posted by Gladly not unhappy, a resident of another community
on Apr 27, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Let's see ...

The Oscars= Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Grammys= National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

The Emmys= Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

All trade organizations. Winners are chosen by their peers in the industry. CNPA does the same in California. Congrats Weekly and Online.


Posted by Princess Awards, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 28, 2013 at 3:34 am

uh, Glady, comparing the AMPAS, MARAS, and ATAS, collectively - to CNPA? Seriously? CNPA is a STATE Trade Assn. If you understand the politics of regional trade associations, you wouldn't have made your claim. The PA Weakly is an OK paper, but "best in state"? What are the categories? What are the circ qualifications? What are the prerequisites? Give me a break!


Posted by VoxPop, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 28, 2013 at 4:32 pm

If anyone had bothered to read the story before they mouthed off, they would have seen that the winners were selected by: "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," not the publishers nor any politicians. And not the trade association.

Given that, it seems the quality of the journalistic product is obviously higher than the quality of the comments above.


Posted by James B, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Apr 28, 2013 at 9:10 pm

I just really wish that PA Online would embark on a ground up website redesign. This website is a quasi-embarrassment given that it's supposed to house some of the best journalism content


Posted by Clay, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Apr 29, 2013 at 10:30 am

Congratulations to a really fine news organization. Reading this particular local paper is always one of the highlights of my week.


Posted by Jane, a resident of University South
on Apr 29, 2013 at 11:14 am


Well Deserved!!!
Congratulations and thank you for the decades of fine, faithful service.


Posted by John, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 29, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I think you people do a great job, and i am happy to hear you have been recognized for your good work. Keep it up!


Posted by Sylvia, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 29, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Congratulations to the Weekly! I moved to Palo Alto in 1982 and have always enjoyed the excellent local coverage of our hometown paper.


Posted by What?, a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 29, 2013 at 3:16 pm

How odd. Four complimentary comments came in on this story, within a short period of time and this news is two days old. Perhaps reporters are patting themselves on the back, before putting the story to rest?

In Town Square, if one person compliments another, that person is often accused of writing multiple times, when in fact, they're not. They are just appreciating someone else's comment.

Yes, Town Square is a problem, to the person pointing that out. I also think "facts" are used by city reporters, but taken from Town Square, which is easier than doing investigative legwork.

While I agree the Weekly deserves praise for some stories, this award was either over the top, their competition was poor, or they were the only ones nominated for that area of recognition.

Journalism, overall, is dying. Paly school kids did a better job of investigating and reporting recent issues than do most professional publications, the Weekly among them. Give prizes to Paly kids.


Posted by Leo, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 30, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Congrats on the awards, but isn't it time for a little website makeover? Your HTML could use a loooooot of help.


Posted by FatCat, a resident of Barron Park
on May 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Stupid is what stupid says. Ignorant users should read before they make fools of themselves. Obviously, The Weekly has provided years of quality news and service to our great town. Let's not attempt minimize the accolades which are so well deserved.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 4, 2013 at 8:05 pm

As of this evening, Saturday May 4, I have not received my latest copy of the Weekly delivered to my home.


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