The Palo Alto Weekly garnered 11 awards in the Peninsula Press Club's annual journalism competition Thursday night, more than any other Bay Area weekly.
The honors included eight first place wins, two second and one honorable mention.
The Weekly competed against papers from around the greater Bay Area, including SF Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco Business Times and weeklies run by the Silicon Valley Community Newspapers.
The Weekly's sister paper in Mill Valley, the Pacific Sun, also won two first-place awards.
The newspaper's first-place wins were for:
• Editor Jay Thorwaldson's and city-beat reporter Bill D'Agostino's news story about the Palo Alto Utilities Department scandal, "Moonlighting utilities workers under investigation." See story at http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morgue/2005/2005_01_28.utilities28mb.shtml
• Education reporter Alexandria Rocha's continuing coverage of the pressure facing local school kids, "Student stress." See stories at http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morgue/2005/2005_02_09.college09.shtml , http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morguepdf/2005/2005_03_30.paw.section1.pdf , http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news_features/2005_09_21.channing/index.shtml , http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morgue/2005/2005_08_17.sidebar17ja.shtml , http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morgue/2005/2005_11_09.bcolleg09.shtml
• Land-use reporter Jocelyn Dong's analysis of the city's impending housing boom, "Here comes housing." See story at http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morgue/2005/2005_06_08.crowded08jt.shtml
• General-assignment reporter Sue Dremann's feature story on developmentally disabled adults and their bids to live independently, "Out on their own." See story at http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morgue/2005/2005_12_21.disabled.shtml
• Thorwaldson's feature columns, including an essay about his son's battle with mental illness, which elicited an outpouring of community response. See column at http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morgue/2005/2005_03_02.onded02josh1.shtml
• Film critic Susan Tavernetti's review of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." See review at http://www.paloaltoonline.com/movies/cgi/moviescreener_long.cgi?id=2205
• Chief Photographer Norbert von der Groeben's feature photo, "Scattered showers," which captured the irony of a man toting an umbrella while walking past a sunbeam-filled California Avenue mural of poppies. In the photo category, von der Groeben competed against all local photographers at both daily papers and non-dailies. See photo above.
• Design Director Carol Hubenthal's page layout for a cover story about coaches accused of misconduct, "Abuse of power," which included an illustration by designer Dana James. See layout at http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morguepdf/2005/2005_09_28.paw.section1.pdf
The paper won second-place awards and an honorable mention for:
• Film critic Tyler Hanley's review of "The Chronicles of Narnia." See review at http://www.paloaltoonline.com/movies/cgi/moviescreener_long.cgi?id=2289
• Senior Staff Writer Don Kazak's news columns, including his essay on "The last night at Rickey's." http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morgue/2005/2005_06_22.town22ricky2.shtml
• City-beat reporter Bill D'Agostino's breaking news story about the close of Kepler's bookstore, "The end." See story at http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morgue/2005/2005_09_02.keplers02mb.shtml