The Pleasanton Weekly won prestigious first-place awards in four key categories among all California weekly newspapers in its circulation category Saturday in the annual California Newspaper Publishers Association's (CNPA) 2014 Better Newspaper Contest.
The awards were presented at a luncheon during the annual CNPA conference, which was held this year at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego.
In its competition, the CNPA separates out daily and weekly newspapers. It also pits dailies and weeklies against each other in several circulation categories ranging from those with circulation from 4,300 and under to 200,000 and above. The Pleasanton Weekly competed in the 11,001 to 25,000 circulation category.
The Weekly received first place awards for Coverage of Local Government, Enterprise Reporting, Breaking News and Page Layout & Design
"We're honored that once again our peers, who are the judges in these contests, have recognized us with top awards," said Pleasanton Weekly Editor Jeb Bing. "There were some 4,000 entries from California newspapers of all sizes competing for these awards this year. It's a tribute to the Weekly's editorial, design and production staffs that judges from across the state and a panel of newspaper experts named us No. 1 in these key categories."
Other newspapers in the Embarcadero Media's weekly newspaper group also won CNPA awards, including the Palo Alto Weekly which won the first-place awards for General Excellence, Investigative Reporting, Editorial Comment, News Photo, Feature Photo and Website. The newspaper, which competes with other weekly newspapers in the 25,000 and above circulation category, also received second place awards in the categories of Artistic Photo and for its coverage of Arts & Entertainment, Business News and Education.
Two other Embarcadero Media newspapers on the Peninsula, the Almanac in south San Mateo County and the Mountain View Voice, which competed in the 11,001 to 25,000 circulation category, also won top awards.
The Almanac received a first-place award in the Coverage of Business News category and a second place award for Photo Essay.
The Mountain View Voice won first place in the News Photo category and second place in the Feature Photo and Coverage of Education categories.
The California Newspaper Publishers Association is 700-member nonprofit trade association. Founded in 1888, it represents daily, weekly, monthly and campus newspapers and news websites throughout California.