Tribune wins awards in statewide newspaper contest

newsroom@thetribunenews.comMarch 27, 2014 

The Tribune has been named a finalist in seven categories including investigative reporting, writing, photography and design in the annual California Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest.

The exact first- or second-place results will be announced at an awards luncheon May 3 in San Jose.

The Cambrian, a sister weekly that serves the North Coast community, was named a finalist in three categories — including the prestigious General Excellence award, which takes into account general news coverage, breadth of coverage, story selection and quality of writing.

The Tribune’s investigative award is for a five-part series and subsequent coverage on wine and water that documented the precipitous drop in the North County’s main groundwater source and the risks that poses for residents and the county’s economy.

“Our news staff is honored to receive such recognition,’’ said Tribune Executive Editor Sandra Duerr. “It has long been our mission to provide strong public-service journalism that offers solutions, helps residents engage in public life and spurs leaders to act.’’

Added Bert Etling, managing editor of The Cambrian: “The awards are gratifying and re-energize us as we continue to try and find ways to further improve our coverage to better serve our readers.”

The Tribune competed in the 15,001-35,000 daily circulation division, and The Cambrian competed in the weekly 4,300-and-under circulation division. Here’s a closer look at the awards received.

The Tribune

  • Best investigative reporting for the Wine and Water series and subsequent coverage, written by reporters Julie Lynem, David Sneed and Tonya Strickland, photographed by David Middlecamp, Joe Johnston and Laura Dickinson, and designed by Beth Anderson and senior editor Joe Tarica
  • Best editorial comment for two editorials on the need to protect the Paso Robles groundwater basin and Sheriff Ian Parkinson on the issue of gun control, written by Opinion Editor Stephanie Finucane
  • Best writing for a story on a mother and daughter’s reunion, 71 years in the making, written by Tonya Strickland
  • Best news photo of a murder victim’s grandmother, by Joe Johnston
  • Best feature photo of a dog spinning itself dry, by Joe Johnston
  • Best page layout and design, by the copy editing and design staff
  • Best special section for the fall issue of Vintages, a biannual wine and destinations magazine, edited by Sandra Duerr, art direction by Kristi Marinelly, written by reporters Sarah Linn and Patrick S. Pemberton and freelancers Sally Buffalo Taylor, Katy Budge and Laurie Daniel, and photographed by Joe Johnston, David Middlecamp and Laura Dickinson.

The Cambrian

In addition, Tribune reporter Matt Fountain won either first or second place in the Best Enterprise Reporting category for his New Times story on heroin addiction on the Central Coast, in the weekly newspaper category with a circulation of 25,000 or more.

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