The Tribune won two first-place awards for features writing and front-page design and two second-place awards for its sports section and overall page layout and design in an annual judging of California newspapers.
The Cambrian, a weekly newspaper owned by The Tribune, won second place for best tabloid front page. The front page is designed by Managing Editor Bert Etling.
The awards were announced a week ago.
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 was praised for its environmental, lifestyle and arts and entertainment coverage, while The Cambrian was honored for investigative and local breaking news coverage.
The Tribune’s awards are based on entries from 2011 in a daily circulation category ranging from 35,001 to 150,000. Sports Editor Ashley Conklin oversees the sports section, while Presentation Editor Joe Tarica manages design of the paper overall, including the front page.
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 Cambrian’s award was among weeklies with circulation up to 11,000.
“We are honored to receive these distinguished awards,” Executive Editor Sandra Duerr said, adding that they underscore the staff’s efforts “to provide in-depth and investigative coverage on issues that residents care about, as well as stories and photos that capture life on the Central Coast.”