Weekly, win top awards in statewide competition

Paper's prestigious first place award given for Holiday Fund campaign

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, which includes a five-day-a-week emailed edition of Pleasanton Weekly Express.

Similar websites also cover Dublin with, San Ramon at and Danville, Alamo and nearby communities at 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

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Posted by loyal_reader
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Apr 19, 2010 at 8:53 am

Congrats to the Weekly! Great paper. Love getting it in my mailbox every Fri!

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Posted by Ngo Loon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 19, 2010 at 9:21 am

Congratulations to the Weekly on the Best Website award!

Now if they can go after improving their news content and editorial policy so that the Weekly ceases its slobbering love affair with the left-wing loons.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 19, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Congrats to you all! I just bought my first house last year in Pleasanton and love that I can get the local news and I really like the TSForums, of course I don't agree with some of the angry people on there but it is very informative and makes you feel like part of the community. Thanks!

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Posted by resident
a resident of Country Fair
on Apr 20, 2010 at 7:13 am

Congratulations! The Pleasanton Weekly is an excellent local publication and it's apparent that the editor and staff work hard to put together the content. I don't agree with all of the content, and if I did, I wouldn't think so highly of it. Good job!

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