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Palo Alto Weekly repeats 'best in state' honors

Out-of-state panel of journalists gives Weekly top awards in California competition

For the second year in a row, the Palo Alto Weekly has been named the best large newsweekly in California in an annual journalism competition.

The prestigious "general excellence" award and eight other top honors were bestowed on the Weekly by the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) in San Jose on May 3.

A panel of journalists from states outside of California selected the winners from among journalists with daily, weekly and school newspapers. The work reviewed took place between Nov. 1, 2012, and Oct. 31, 2013.

"A strong local focus, smart reporting and an attractive, well-organized package, the Palo Alto Weekly delivers," wrote the judges who selected the Weekly for the general-excellence award. "A good community weekly reflects its community. A great one makes you want to live there. ... Well done."

The competition judges reviewed thousands of entries and chose nearly 500 award winners in the Better Newspapers Contest. The Palo Alto Weekly, which employs a newsroom staff of 11 journalists, competed against other weekly newspapers with circulations of more than 25,000.

Overall, the Weekly received six first-place and three second-place honors. It was also awarded eight "blue ribbon" honorable mentions.

The first-place awards were for

• Coverage of Local Government: What is Measure D Really About: Checking the facts by Gennady Sheyner

• Editorial Comment: The push for 27 University by Bill Johnson

• Enterprise Reporting:Downtown's growing pains by Gennady Sheyner

• Photo Essay: Girls of Wrestling by Veronica Weber

• Best Front Page (Tabloid) The debate over D by Shannon Corey

• General Excellence by Palo Alto Weekly staff

The Weekly's second-place awards were for:

• Best Website: Palo Alto Online by the Palo Alto Weekly staff

• Feature Story: Proud Remembrances by Sue Dremann

• Feature Photo: Chess by Veronica Weber

Weekly journalists Carol Blitzer, Chris Kenrick, Terri Lobdell, Gennady Sheyner and Veronica Weber and Creative Director Shannon Corey received "blue ribbon" honorable mentions for their work. Their awards were in the categories of special section, coverage of education, enterprise reporting, coverage of local government, feature story, artistic photo, photo essay and page layout and design.

The Weekly's sister papers on the Peninsula also picked up awards in their circulation categories. The Mountain View Voice in Mountain View received six awards, including first place for environmental reporting, coverage of education and graphic illustration and second place for general excellence, feature story and feature photo.

The Almanac in Menlo Park garnered first-place awards for investigative reporting and artistic photo and second-place honors for website and page layout.

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.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

Comments

Posted by Weekly fan, a resident of Crescent Park
on May 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Well deserved! In this era of diminished journalism and sensationalism, we are lucky to have a vibrant local newspaper that does such outstanding work and does not shy away from tough issues. Thank you to the Weekly staff and all you do for our community.


Posted by Alphonso, a resident of Los Altos Hills
on May 4, 2014 at 8:07 am

The sad direction of "journalism" in general - too much promotion of the owner's interests with one sided stories . Also too much censorship of opposing views. A progressive version of Fox News. For example, I don't care if the CEO does not like the School Board, I just want the news from all angles - not personal propaganda.


Posted by Jay Thorwaldson, editor emeritus
on May 4, 2014 at 8:13 am

Jay Thorwaldson is a registered user.

Congratulations to a fine staff that works hard to show other papers how good journalism is done. The award reflects the genuine, personal caring and true professionalism that goes into putting a first-rate paper together. -jay


Posted by Kitty litter liner, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 4, 2014 at 10:37 am

This is of course a joke, given the sad, pathetic newspaper that is the Weekly. I wonder what kind of incestuous relationship the weekly staff has with this organization that throws around awards. Does the weekly staff judge other states newspapers, with a quid pro quo arrangement ( you give me an award and I will give you one).
The weekly is biased, one- sided and with an agenda of personal profit first and foremost.
Nite also that one of its own staff is posting congratulations-- talk about self serving!!!!!


Posted by 4th estate watcher, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 4, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Congratulations, Weekly! Well-deserved, and thank you for the great journalism!


Posted by Clay, a resident of Fairmeadow
on May 5, 2014 at 11:30 am

Congratulations on a very well-deserved honor. The Weekly is a real community gem.


Posted by pat, a resident of Midtown
on May 5, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Congratulations to all the Weekly staff for outstanding journalism and for the online edition, blogs and Town Square!

Some may disagree with the editorials, but obviously "Kitty litter liner" doesn't appreciate the Weekly's objective in-depth news coverage.


Posted by Trish, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 5, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Congratulations Weekly for the well-deserved awards! Thanks for keeping the public informed and pushing for transparency in government and education.


Posted by ChrisC, a resident of College Terrace
on May 6, 2014 at 12:56 am

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Congratulations! We are so lucky to have such a marvelous resource. Thank you so very much.


Posted by neighbor, a resident of another community
on May 6, 2014 at 8:11 am

The paper is a chronicle of local complaining -- and is it is not journalism. Not by any stretch of the imagination.

"Stories" that are weeks or months old are repeated on slow news days (happens a lot in suburbia) to drum up some arguments. In fact, stories are even resurrected from 4-5 years ago, just to drum up controversy !!!

I've found stories brought back from 2005, 2006 -- is that news?

Also, local nasty political rants are often the primary focus and it is at best a strange Libertarian forum. It is the local version of Fox non-News.


Posted by Town Square Moderator, online staff of Palo Alto Online
on May 6, 2014 at 10:09 am

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Neighbor,

We don't ever re-publish old stories. I think you are probably referring to new online comments being made on old stories. When a reader makes a comment on an old story, it then "elevates" that story and the comments to the top position (briefly) on Town Square. If others begin adding comments, it sometimes means that a very old story becomes the subject of a new round of discussion. We don't control this; it's entirely reader-generated.


Posted by Kitty litter liner, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 6, 2014 at 11:22 am

"Some may disagree with the editorials, but obviously "Kitty litter liner" doesn't appreciate the Weekly's objective in-depth news coverage."
I can understand how pat thinks that the weekly is the greatest thing since sliced bread, since they marched in lock step with her views regarding measure D ( obviously the more profitable way to go for them). However I reserve the right to consider the weekly a hack, for profit organization , even though pat may be distressed by that view.
What I do not appreciate is people who are not residents of the city trying to influence elections for their own personal gain.


Posted by Kitty litter liner, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 6, 2014 at 11:22 am

"Some may disagree with the editorials, but obviously "Kitty litter liner" doesn't appreciate the Weekly's objective in-depth news coverage."
I can understand how pat thinks that the weekly is the greatest thing since sliced bread, since they marched in lock step with her views regarding measure D ( obviously the more profitable way to go for them). However I reserve the right to consider the weekly a hack, for profit organization , even though pat may be distressed by that view.
What I do not appreciate is people who are not residents of the city trying to influence elections for their own personal gain.


Posted by Cheryl Lilienstein, a resident of Barron Park
on May 7, 2014 at 9:51 am



Please accept our sincere congratulations for your well deserved journalism awards. We appreciate the depth and clarity you provided on the Measure D referendum, and are gratified that others recognize your contributions, (and are pleased and mildly surprised that journalists actually read one another's articles!)

We greatly appreciated that you were so thorough, objective, and sensitive in covering all the ways in which our community responded.

With gratitude for your professionalism,
Cheryl Lilienstein, president
Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning


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