Weekly takes home seven journalism awards

Annual San Francisco Peninsula Press Club competition honors excellence by local media

The Palo Alto Weekly won seven awards for its work in 2010 at the Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards dinner in Foster City Saturday night (May 21), including for coverage of the February 2010 Cessna plane crash and citywide power outage.

The competition, hosted by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, recognized the Weekly's work in the categories of breaking news, business/technology, continuing coverage, series and entertainment.

Media professionals from 11 counties in the Greater Bay Area entered the competition, which evaluated work in 37 categories. The contest covered broadband/web, radio, television, newspapers, magazine/trade publications and newsletters. It was judged by press clubs in three states, plus two in southern California.

The Weekly's winning articles and their categories were:

• A news package about the fatal February plane crash in East Palo Alto and resulting Palo Alto power outage, "Powerless in Palo Alto," by the editorial staff (Breaking news, second place)

• A two-part series on the ethics and practices of high school coaching, "Out of bounds?" by writer Terri Lobdell (Series, third place)

• A cover story about Palo Alto's interest in attracting clean-tech firms, "The Green Revolution," by Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner (Business/Technology, second place)

• Ongoing reporting on California High-Speed Rail, including the cover story "Not so fast," by Sheyner (Continuing coverage, third place)

• A review of the musical, "Sunset Boulevard," entitled "Bravo to 'Boulevard,'" by Editorial Assistant Karla Kane (Entertainment, first place)

• The review of the film "The White Ribbon" by film critic Susan Tavernetti (Entertainment, second place)

• The review of "The King's Speech" by Tavernetti (Entertainment, third place).

In addition to the Weekly's honors, the Palo Alto High School publication The Campanile won the General Excellence award this year in the Press Club's High School Journalism Contest. Campanile adviser Esther Wojcicki accepted the plaque Saturday night.

In April, the Weekly and garnered top honors in the annual statewide journalism competition sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

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."

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Posted by ChrisC
a resident of College Terrace
on May 23, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Congratulations to everybody at PA Weekly. We must have one of the very finest local papers/online in the country. Special congrats to Gennady and to Susan, whom I've met. Bravo -- (technically, Bravi) !

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