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Tribune receives top journalism awards

Tribune photographer Joe Johnston won second place in the best feature photo category for this photo of Bryan Thompson sending some heavy metal guitar licks through his bike mounted amplifier, left, during rush hour traffic at the intersection of Tank Farm Road and South Higuera in April 2015. "I'm trying to get signed," Thompson said.
Tribune photographer Joe Johnston won second place in the best feature photo category for this photo of Bryan Thompson sending some heavy metal guitar licks through his bike mounted amplifier, left, during rush hour traffic at the intersection of Tank Farm Road and South Higuera in April 2015. "I'm trying to get signed," Thompson said. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The Tribune won one first-place award and seven second-place awards in this year’s California Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest.

It also was named a finalist in eight other categories, including best investigative reporting, column and sports feature, arts and entertainment coverage, and news and feature photos.

The Cambrian, a sister weekly that serves the North Coast community, won two first-place awards for local government coverage and reporter Kathe Tanner’s “Slice of Life’’ columns, as well as a finalist award for an editorial by Cambrian Managing Editor Stephen H. Provost on people who are homeless.

The final results were announced Saturday at an awards ceremony during CNPA’s annual press summit at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco.

“We are honored to receive such recognition from our peers,” Tribune Executive Editor Sandra Duerr said. “The wide range of awards reflects terrific work by the entire news staff to produce in-depth, investigative, useful and relevant coverage of issues that matter most to 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, which were spread broadly across the news staff:

The Tribune

▪ Best lifestyle section (Sunday Central Coast Living), first place — staff

▪ Best sports section, second place — staff

▪ Best agricultural reporting, second place — reporters Kathe Tanner and Julia Hickey for a story documenting the drought’s impact on livestock and ranchers

▪ Best sports action photo, second place — Joe Johnston for a photo of Cal Poly men’s soccer players celebrating an overtime victory over rival UCSB

▪ Best sports feature photo, second place — Joe Johnston for a photo of a golfer hitting a ball out of a bunker

▪ Best feature photo, second place — Joe Johnston for a photo of a guitarist serenading drivers by the side of the road

▪ Best front page broadsheet, second place — staff

▪ Best inside page layout and design, broadsheet, second place — staff

The Tribune was named a finalist, which is an honorable mention, in the following eight categories:

▪ Investigative reporting for Tonya Strickland’s four-part series on mental health issues in San Luis Obispo County

▪ Coverage of local government for Matt Fountain and Cynthia Lambert’s reporting on travel expenses for local officials

▪ Coverage of education for Nick Wilson’s story on sexual assault and Cal Poly’s Greek community

▪ Joe Tarica’s “Joetopia” columns

▪ Sports feature for Travis Gibson’s story on the unique eating traditions of Atascadero High School varsity football team’s offensive line

▪ Arts and entertainment coverage for Ticket

▪ News photo for Joe Johnston’s image of a loose bull near the Madonna Inn

▪ Feature photo for Joe Johnston’s image of kayaker in rough surf

The Cambrian

Reporter Kathe Tanner won first place for local government coverage of the Cambria Community Services District, as well as first place for her “Slice of Life” columns. In addition, Cambrian Managing Editor Stephen H. Provost received a finalist award for an editorial he wrote on the community’s homeless population.

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