The Tribune has won first or second place in an annual judging of California newspapers for its sports section, a feature story, front-page design and overall page layout and design. In addition, The Cambrian — a weekly newspaper published by The Tribune — won an award.
Both newspapers also received finalist awards in the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest, the leading state competition recognizing journalism excellence.
The Tribune’s awards are based on entries from 2011 in a daily circulation 35,001 to 150,000, a highly competitive group because of the number of papers that size.
Sports Editor Ashley Conklin is in charge of overseeing the sports section’s production, while Presentation Editor Joe Tarica manages design of the paper overall, including the front page.
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The best feature award is for a story written by then-staff writer Melanie Cleveland, who told of her quest as a mother to gain a medical understanding of her sons’ disabilities. Cleveland subsequently left The Tribune to write a book.
The Tribune received finalist certificates for:
Coverage of the environment for staff writer David Sneed’s three-part series on Diablo Canyon’s seismic/safety standards in light of the Fukishima disaster in Japan.
Lifestyle coverage in Central Coast Living.
Arts and entertainment coverage in Ticket.
“We are honored to receive these distinguished awards,” Executive Editor Sandra Duerr said. “Although the ultimate measure of our success is our readership and circulation — which remain strong countywide — these awards from our peers are gratifying. They reflect our efforts to provide local in-depth and investigative coverage on issues that residents care about, as well as stories and photos that capture life on the Central Coast.’’
The Cambrian took first or second place for best tabloid front page for newspapers with a circulation of up to 11,000. The front page is designed by Managing Editor Bert Etling.
Cambrian staff writer Kathe Tanner was noted as a finalist in two categories among weekly newspapers with a circulation of up to 4,300: best investigative reporting for her stories about the firing, then rehiring of Cambria Fire Department Chief Mark Miller in 2011, and local breaking news coverage for her stories about Big Sur road closures in 2011.
Winners will be announced at the CNPA awards luncheon May 5 in San Jose.