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.
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“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.
- 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
- General Excellence, by Cambrian Managing Editor Bert Etling and reporter Kathe Tanner
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.