Weekly, Palo Alto Online win top state honors

Annual California newspaper competition recognizes excellence in journalism

The Palo Alto Weekly and garnered 10 first- and second-place awards Saturday (April 16) in an annual statewide journalism competition, including for best website, investigative reporting, business story and photo essay.

The Better Newspapers Contest, sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, covers reporting from November 2009 to October 2010. The awards were announced in Los Angeles.

The first-place honors were given for:

• The Weekly's two-part investigative series on the ethics and practices of high school coaching, "Out of bounds?" by writer Terri Lobdell and editors Jocelyn Dong and Jay Thorwaldson

• A business story about Palo Alto's burgeoning clean-tech sector, "The Green Revolution," by Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner

• A photo essay about new medical treatments and therapies for animals, "Veterinary Innovations," by Staff Photographer Veronica Weber

• The Weekly's news and community website,

The categories for which the Weekly received second-place recognition were:

• General excellence for the Weekly's editions in March 2010

• Public service for its series on mental health among youth, "What teens need," (a Sept. 3 essay by an anonymous Palo Alto teacher, a Sept. 10 roundtable of local educators and mental health experts, and a Sept. 10 editorial)

• General news photo from the Gunn High School 2010 graduation by Photographer Kimihiro Hoshino

• Online coverage of the Stanford Hospitals and Clinics proposed redevelopment, "Seeking the cure," by Gennady Sheyner

• Editorial comment for a column about high school coaching, "Reforming Palo Alto's high school sports" by Jay Thorwaldson

• Sports coverage for its Sept. 10 and Sept. 24, 2010, editions by Sports Editor Keith Peters and his sports staff.

In addition to the first- and second-place honors, the Weekly also placed as a finalist in the categories of local breaking news, online breaking news, environmental reporting, business story, photo essay and sports photo.

The competition was judged by journalists outside of the state. The contest grouped newspapers by size of circulation and frequency of publication.

The Weekly's sister papers on the Peninsula, the Mountain View Voice and the Almanac, also took home honors, as did its two other sister papers -- the Pacific Sun, which received three first-place awards, and the Pleasanton Weekly, which was recognized with a second-place honor for public service.

The Almanac, which covers Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside, received first place in the following categories:

• Public service for "Pondering the effects of Prop 13"

• Editorial comment for "Managing the Atherton News"

• General news photo for Dalai Lama: 'Pay attention to your heart'

It received second-place in the categories of:

• Editorial pages for "Wakeup on high-speed rail" and "Why delay in revealing pool gas leak?"

• General news photo for 'Vigil for Lisa Xavier'

• Photo essay for 'Showtime: Jeffrey Adair returns to the stage'

• Environmental or agricultural resource reporting for "Gardening (to eat) at school."

The Voice received a first-place award for its photo essay, "Foothill students join march on Sacramento."

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, which hosts Town Square, the online discussion forum, among other features. news and sports can also be accessed through the iPhone app, "Palo Alto."

The California Newspaper Publishers Association is an 841-member nonprofit trade association. Founded in 1888, it represents daily and weekly newspapers and news websites throughout California.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Posted by PAPD-critic
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 17, 2011 at 7:07 am

The should have received TOP awards for ongoing censorship. Just Google [post removed]
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Posted by can we do
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2011 at 2:33 pm

why no report of whole foods ''heist '' in redwood city?/ only the post had it, no other media mention. kudos to DP for not hiding info from people.

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm

The Weekly generally does not cover news events in Redwood City. That's why it's called the Palo Alto Weekly, not the Redwood City Weekly.

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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

Congrats to the weekly on a job well done. It is not just the local news, community news, it is also the sport features. The editor is doing a great job and kudos to him. The athletes love seeing not only their names, but their photos on line.

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Posted by ChrisC
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Congratulations to Palo Alto Online and Weekly. Well-deserved. I hope Gennady is recognized next year for his excellent coverage of the Jennifer Schipsi case.

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