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What a Week: Big award season for us

Original post made on May 24, 2021

The CNPA's 2020 California Journalism Awards was truly one for the books for the Pleasanton Weekly. But one award stands above the rest: First place for Public Service Journalism (Digital) for our Tri-Valley election forum series.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 21, 2021, 3:42 PM

Comments (8)

Posted by Jan Batcheller
a resident of Downtown
on May 24, 2021 at 1:51 pm

Hearty congratulations to the entire Pleasanton Weekly team. Our town is better because of your work.

Posted by Julia Brown
a resident of another community
on May 24, 2021 at 4:19 pm

Julia Brown is a registered user.

Congrats Pleasanton Weekly team! Very well-deserved recognition. Are you sure you don't have super powers? :)
(And thanks for the shoutout, Jeremy.)

Posted by keeknlinda
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 25, 2021 at 10:46 pm

keeknlinda is a registered user.

It's good to know your collective talents and extraordinary efforts are recognized by CNPA. The candidate forums are vital to making informed decisions when marking our ballots, and your team's adaptability to the challenges of 2020 was an exceptional effort indeed. Congratulations to each of you and thanks for keeping us informed on what really matters.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 26, 2021 at 6:59 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Candidate Forums cost money.
Approximately $1500 to produce a forum.

PPIE sponsored the PUSD candidate forum for this last election, after some encouragement.

A lot of people donate to PPIE, many are parents of PUSD students, some donners do not have children in PUSD schools, but wanted a PUSD candidate forum.

Posted by Gina Channell, Publisher
a resident of Downtown
on May 26, 2021 at 7:23 am

Gina Channell, Publisher is a registered user.

@Michael Austin —- I just want to be clear. We did not receive any payment — the forums were a community service. Our partners might have paid for studio time (Livermore mayor and city council and Alameda County District 1 supervisor forums were held in studio), and helped us with marketing, but we were paid nothing.

You are correct, though, that forums are costly. The amount of time Jeremy and I spent was probably equal to $1500 per forum — if not more.

That’s why we rely on members like you. Members pay our salaries. #SupportLocalJournalism Web Link

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 26, 2021 at 7:33 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.


It was not my intent to imply you, the Weekly received payment. I apologize it may have implied that. I know that you and Jeremy volunteer your time and resources, I am very thankful that you do so.

Posted by keeknlinda
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 26, 2021 at 8:46 pm

keeknlinda is a registered user.

Aw, Michael, not everything is all about the money. Jeremy and Gina and the whole staff are dedicated to doing their jobs to the highest of standards. And surely it was an auto-correct error that let your comment re: donners slip past, failing to understand people who donate are donors, not donners.
We are indeed a lucky community to have these people in our midst, attending meetings, Zoom of for real, and simply telling it like it is. Just one factor in making us a cut above.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 27, 2021 at 7:31 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.


During the last campaign a PUSD candidate forum had not been determined. I contacted both parties asked when there would be a PUSD candidate forum. Each party responded that they were waiting for the other party to initiate contact, there was a comment about cost.

I offered to donate one third of the cost and contacted both parties again to initiate conversation. PPIE reached out, Weekly responded and they agreed on a candidate forum.

In appreciation I DONNATED $500 to PPIE.

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