The Mountain View Voice took top honors for in-depth reporting and public service journalism at this year's California Journalism Awards, held in Long Beach on Saturday, May 4. The Voice also took first place for news photo and feature photo.
The Public Service Journalism award was given to reporter Mark Noack's coverage of a landlord group's duplicitous signature-gathering efforts in "Fight brewing over rent control petition."
The In-Depth Reporting award was given to reporter Kevin Forestieri's two-part series on the difficulty in finding youth mental health services amid growing demand, with the stories "Nowhere to turn for kids in crisis" and "Struggling to meet 'overwhelming' need." Noack took third place in the same category for his two-part series "Young, homeless and sick" about the health impacts of homelessness on children and youth.
In the Digital Feature Photo category, Magali Gauthier's "Providing a creative outlet in a high-tech world" about CSMA's art lessons in local classrooms won first place, and her artfully framed photo with the story "Hell's bells! Neighborhood outcry over church's mishap" took fourth place.
Natalia Nazarova's striking image of a Google employee overcome with emotion during the Google Walkout protest was named the best news photo, and her Google Walkout online photo essay of the event took second place in the contest's new digital division.
The Voice staff took second place for the contest's top honor, General Excellence. One of the judges commented, "Well done, all the way around. Writing is good and stories were varied." Judges also praised the newspaper's design, calling it "exceptionally clean and done well."
In recent years, the Voice won General Excellence in 2016 and 2018, and its website MV-Voice.com won Online General Excellence in 2017.
The California Journalism Awards, formerly known as the Better Newspapers Contest, is sponsored by the California News Publishers Association and covers work published during 2018. Winners are chosen by an expert panel of out-of-state journalists, in divisions based on print publications' distribution numbers and online outlets' unique visitors.
An additional 15 stories and photos by Voice staff were finalists in the categories of Business News, Inside Page Layout and Design, Photojournalism, Editorial Comment, Feature Photo (print), Local Government Coverage, Feature Story, Best Writing, Enterprise News, Photo Essay and General Excellence (digital).