Tribune wins statewide journalism honors

The Tribune has captured five first- or-second-place awards for work done in 2012 in the annual California Newspaper Publisher Association’s Better Newspapers Contest.

The awards cover a range of work – from local news reporting to feature writing to design. The exact first- or second-place results will be announced in April.

The Cambrian, a sister weekly paper serving the North Coast community, also won a first-or-second place for environmental reporting. Staff Writer Kathe Tanner wrote about issues surrounding a fire break cut through part of Cambria’s pine forest.

The awards will be announced at CNPA’s awards lunch set for April 27 in Universal City. The Tribune competed against other newspapers with daily circulations between 15,001 and 35,000.

Here is a rundown on the awards:

Coverage of local government: Staff Writer Tonya Strickland and Assistant City Editor Jonah Owen Lamb teamed to produce a series of articles over several months on former Paso Robles Police Chief Lisa Solomon and the controversy that surrounded her in early 2012.

Staff Writer Patrick S. Pemberton was recognized for his feature story on jade diving off Big Sur.

Arts and entertainment coverage in Ticket, with local stories written by Staff Writers Sarah Linn and Pemberton; the section editor is Justin Hoeger.

Lifestyle coverage, under the umbrella of the Sunday Central Coast Living section.

Best page layout and design, overseen by Presentation Editor Joe Tarica.

In addition, honorable-mention certificates were awarded to: Staff Writer David Sneed for coverage of the environment; Staff Writers AnnMarie Cornejo, Cynthia Lambert, Linn, Pemberton and Stephanie Finucane, for a series examining the budget problems facing area schools; and Web Editor Chrissy Janocko, for best website, http://SanLuisObispo.com.

“We are proud to be chosen in all of these categories,” Executive Editor Sandra Duerr said, “and especially gratified that they cover many aspects of our work. As all of these awards illustrate, The Tribune is committed to producing a compelling local report that is both informative and relevant.”