The Tribune won 10 awards in the top statewide contest for its environmental, investigative and business coverage as well as sports, lifestyles, columns and photography. In addition, The Cambrian — a weekly newspaper published by The Tribune — won two awards.
The Tribune also was honored with three awards of excellence from the Society for News Design for presentation of news.
“We are honored to receive such wonderful recognition,’’ Executive Editor Sandra Duerr said. “While the ultimate measure of our success is our readership and circulation — which remain strong countywide — these awards from our industry peers are gratifying. They reflect our efforts to provide local investigative and in-depth coverage on issues that residents care about, as well as stories and photos that capture life on the Central Coast.’’
Here’s a closer look at the awards:
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California Newspaper Publishers Association 2009 Better Newspapers Contest
The contest was for journalism published during an 18-month span in 2008 and 2009. The Tribune was entered in the 25,001 to 75,000 circulation category, considered highly competitive because of the number of daily newspapers in California that size. • First place, financial coverage, Melanie Cleveland, on the rise and fall of the home-building empire of failed developer R. W. Hertel & Sons.
• First and second places for environmental coverage: first place, David Sneed’s solar energy series; second place, Bob Cuddy, David Sneed and Nick Wilson for their series on the Oceano Dunes: Playground or Deathtrap.
• Second place, investigative reporting, Leslie Parrilla, for her series that found gaps in the regulatory system that keeps nurses who have been convicted of crimes out of hospitals.
• Second place, overall sports coverage, sports staff.
In addition, The Tribune received five honorable mentions: Bill Morem for column writing, front page design, overall lifestyles/features coverage, David Middlecamp for a photo essay called “Confronting Cancer’’ and Joe Johnston for a photo taken at a football game between San Luis Obispo High School and Atascadero High.
Kathe Tanner, a reporter for The Cambrian, took second place in investigative reporting for her coverage of the allegations of euthanasia at the Dancing Star Foundation animal sanctuary on the North Coast. Tanner also received honorable mention for local news coverage on the closing of the Harmony post office.
The Cambrian was entered in CNPA’s 4,300 and under circulation category for weeklies.
The awards were announced Saturday at the annual meeting of the CNPA in Monterey.
Last year, The Tribune won 16 awards in the CNPA’s 2008 contest, including seven first-place awards, four second-place awards and five honorable mentions.
The Society for News Design
This contest is open to newspapers worldwide. The Tribune was recognized for the design of three front pages in the circulation category under 50,000: one showing President Barack Obama’s inauguration; one featuring President Obama when he addressed Congress last year (with a colorful galaxy image under the nameplate) and a third featuring the modeling career of a local resident.
Only three other California newspapers received SND awards: the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News.
Also, only one other American newspaper in The Tribune’s circulation category had as many as three awards (a paper in Dubuque, Iowa).