It's a three-peat for the Palo Alto Weekly: On Saturday, the news organization was selected for the third consecutive year as the best large weekly newspaper in the state through the California Newspaper Publishers Association's Better Newspapers Contest.
The paper's online news website, PaloAltoOnline.com, also snagged first place, the fifth year out of the past six that the website has won.
A panel of journalists from states outside of California selected the winners from among journalists with daily, weekly and school newspapers. The work reviewed was published between Nov. 1, 2013, and Oct. 31, 2014.
"Strong government coverage and politics," the judges wrote about the Weekly. "This is an example of high-quality community weekly publishing."
Taken together, the Weekly's reporters and editors took home 10 first- and second-place awards out of a field of thousands of entries in the annual competition. The Weekly, which employs a newsroom staff of 11 journalists, competed against other weekly newspapers with circulations of more than 25,000.
The first-place awards were for
General Excellence: Weekly staff
Website: PaloAltoOnline.com, by Weekly staff
Editorial comment: "The school board's nadir" by Bill Johnson
Investigative: "Teen dating hell" by Terri Lobdell
News photo: "University sidewalk accident" by Veronica Weber
Feature photo: "In Mom's new arms" by Veronica Weber
The Weekly's second-place awards were for:
Education: "The entrepreneurial educator" by Elena Kadvany
Business: "Immigrant Valley" by Elena Kadvany
Artistic photo: "Menlowe Ballet legend" by Michelle Le
Weekly journalists Keith Peters, Bill Johnson, Sue Dremann, Veronica Weber, and the staff as a whole also received six "blue ribbon" honorable mentions for sports coverage, editorial comment, environmental reporting, photography and breaking news.
The Weekly's sister papers on the Peninsula also took top honors in their circulation categories. The Mountain View Voice in Mountain View received three awards: first place for news photo and second for coverage of education and feature photo.
The Almanac in Menlo Park garnered first place for a photo essay and second place for business news.
Founded in 1979 by Publisher and CEO Bill Johnson, the Palo Alto Weekly produces a Friday print edition; a daily e-edition, Express; and the news and community website PaloAltoOnline.com, which hosts Town Square, the online discussion forum, among other features. PaloAltoOnline.com can also be accessed through the iPhone and Android apps, "Palo Alto." The Weekly's social-media sites include Twitter.com/paloaltoweekly and Facebook.com/paloaltoonline.
The California Newspaper Publishers Association is a nonprofit trade association for more than 800 publications. Founded in 1888, it represents daily and weekly newspapers and news websites throughout California.