The Mountain View Voice was honored at a statewide journalism competition on Saturday winning first place for the best news photo. At the Better Newspaper Contest, the Voice took also took home two second-place awards for education coverage and feature photo.
The Better Newspaper Contest awards were announced Saturday, May 9, at the California Newspaper Publishers Association's annual meeting, held this year in Coronado. The awards are divided by circulation category for daily or weekly publications, and winners are selected by a panel of out-of-state journalists.
Photographer Michelle Le won awards for both news and feature photos. Her news photo "Housing crisis heartbreak" won first place, and her feature photo of break-dancing Mountain View High School student Devon Johnson took second-place honors.
Health and education reporter Kevin Forestieri won second place for his education story "Online schools offer education by proxy".
The Voice was also named a Blue Ribbon finalist for general excellence, the competition's highest honor, finishing among the top four newspaper of its size in the state.
The Voice was a Blue Ribbon finalist in another five categories, including best website, best breaking news for reporter Daniel DeBolt's story "Will NASA Ames employees be guinea pigs for Google?" and environmental reporting, for the series by DeBolt and Le called "Toxic legacy: unraveling the spread of TCE contamination."
Le's work was honored for her photo essay on Father Bob Moran, "Heartfelt send-off for retiring priest" and her news photo "Much more than a pet" about how a service dog changed the life of a member of the city Parks and Recreation Commission.
The California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) is a nonprofit trade association for more than 800 publications. Founded in 1888, it represents daily and weekly newspapers and news websites throughout the state of California.