The Pleasanton Weekly won the prestigious first-place award in the Public Service category among all state weekly newspapers in its circulation category Friday night at the California Newspaper Publishers' Association annual meeting in Monterey.
The Weekly also won the first-place award for Best Website among weekly newspapers in the 11,001-25,000 circulation category in California.
It was the second year in a row that the Pleasanton Weekly has won top statewide newspaper honors for Public Service. The 2009 "Better Newspaper Contest" awards were by circulation category and daily or weekly publication.
The CNPA award was for the 2009 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund and a series of articles that reported on three Tri-Valley nonprofits that needed the community's financial support to meet their 2010 service obligations and also the broader public assistance to some of the poorest families in the Tri-Valley.
The campaign, with matching funds totaling $373,386 from the Weekly's partnership with the 2009 Tri-Valley Regional Initiative, a collaborative economic recovery initiative sponsored through the Tri-Valley Community Foundation, the Tri-Valley Business Council and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, raised $466,732.
The funds are being applied now to help families hardest hit by the economic downturn, enabling them directly with housing, job training, medical care and other basic necessities.
The Best Website award recognized the design excellence and rigorous daily updating of news, features, photos and reader involvement of the Pleasanton Weekly's expanding website at www.pleasantonweekly.com, which includes a five-day-a-week emailed edition of Pleasanton Weekly Express.
Similar websites also cover Dublin with TriValleyViews.com, San Ramon at sanramonexpress.com and Danville, Alamo and nearby communities at danvilleexpress.com. Readers at all four sites can subscribe to email editions of top stories and events free of charge for Monday through Friday delivery.
The Pleasanton Weekly was one of five newspapers that are part of Embarcadero Media that won statewide awards in the annual CNPA contest.
The Palo Alto Weekly picked up seven first-place awards among weekly newspapers with circulation of 25,000 and more, including the coveted "General Excellence" award. The newspaper also won first-place awards for Best Website, Local News Coverage, Editorial Comment, Sports Coverage, Page Layout & Design and Feature Photo in its circulation category of large weekly papers statewide.
The Almanac, another Embarcadero Media weekly paper covering south San Mateo County communities, won a second-place award for General Excellence in its circulation category. It picked up a first-place award for Feature Photo.
The Mountain View Voice, also an Embarcadero Media paper, won a second-place award for Public Service.
The Pacific Sun, an Embarcadero Media weekly in Marin County, won first place awards in the Feature Story and Lifestyle Coverage categories.
Nearly 4,000 entries from newspapers across the state were submitted in 28 categories and nine circulation divisions. A full listing of winners is at www.cnpa.com.