Tribune and Cambrian take journalism industry honors

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:

California Newspaper Publishers Association 2009 Better Newspapers Contest

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).