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:
* Arts & Entertainment coverage (Oct. 24 and Oct. 31) by Elizabeth Schwyzer
* 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 — the Mountain View Voice in Mountain View and The Almanac in Menlo Park — also took top honors in their circulation categories.
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.
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