The Palo Alto Weekly picked up seven first-place awards, including the coveted "General Excellence" award and Best Website for Palo Alto Online, Friday evening at the California Newspaper Publishers' Association annual meeting in Monterey.
The Weekly also won first-place awards for Local News Coverage, Editorial Comment, Sports Coverage, Page Layout & Design and Feature Photo, in its circulation category of large weekly papers statewide.
The Almanac, the Weekly's sister paper covering south San Mateo County communities, won a second-place award for General Excellence in its circulation category. It picked up a first-place award for Feature Photo.
The Mountain View Voice, also a sister paper, won a second-place award for Public Service.
The "Better Newspapers Contest" awards were by circulation category and daily or weekly publication.
Nine first-place General Excellence winners took the stage to celebrate their bragging rights as the overall best of the best in their divisions. CNPA awarded 480 first- and second-place awards for the 2009 Better Newspapers contest.
Nearly 4,000 entries from newspapers across the state were submitted in 28 categories and nine circulation divisions. A full listing of winners is at www.cnpa.com.