Nearly 4,000 entries were submitted by 227 member newspapers in a wide range of categories and circulation groups. The Weekly's second place award came behind the San Jose Business Journal, which received the first place award.
In addition, the Weekly won a Certificate of Achievement in the CNPA's Public Service category for its Holiday Fund series of stories, which last year led to contributions from readers and Tri-Valley residents totaling over $100,000 for local charities.
Another Certificate of Achievement was awarded the newspaper in the Special Issues category, this one for its 2006-07 Info Pleasanton directory of community services and activities.
The business reporting award was for a cover story published on Feb. 24, 2006, under the headline: "Future Prosperity--New reports show Pleasanton poised for greater business, job growth as economy improves. Written by Editor Jeb Bing, the story reported on a collaborative effort by a broad range of stakeholders that was under way to overcome challenges and provide an optimistic economic future for Pleasanton.
The report showed that Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley are evolving as a mix of prosperous industry specializations driven by a surge of homegrown entrepreneurships. This trend involved a combination of local forces, including a business-savvy and highly educated population, innovative entrepreneurs and a city, civic, education and business leadership bent on improving economic vitality and the quality of life.
"We're really not a business newspaper, so this award was especially welcomed since we were competing against the San Jose Business Journal," Bing said. "Business is what that the newspaper writes about so I'm pleased that we were able to come so close among all the newspapers statewide that sought recognition in this category."
The awards, recognizing work done during 2006, were announced at the CNPA annual meeting at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.
The Pleasanton Weekly's parent newspaper, the Palo Alto Weekly, picked up five first-place and two second-place awards from the CNPA "Better Newspapers Contest."
The Weekly's other sister papers also won awards. The Almanac, which principally covers Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside in south San Mateo County, received the general excellence award for overall quality, first-place awards for public service and a feature story, and a second-place award for freedom of information. The Mountain View Voice was awarded a first place for columns by Editor Don Frances, and the Pacific Sun in Marin County won first places for columns and a feature photo and a second-place for a special issue, all in their respective circulation categories.