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Voice wins for public service, in-depth reporting at California Journalism Awards

 
Emotion overcomes Celie O'Neil-Hart as Nancy Zheng shares her story of harassment at the Google Walkout protest at the Mountain View campus on November 1, 2018. The image is the winner of best news photo in the California Journalism Awards contest. Photo by Natalia Nazarova

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).

Go to CNPA's website for a photo gallery of winners in the print and digital categories, as well as a full list of winners in print and digital.

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60 people like this
Posted by Mark
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 5, 2019 at 4:06 pm

They also win the Censorship award for Blocking posts and Banning posters from community members who are respectful and factual in their posts. If you say anything that goes against the "Opinion Stories" that the Voice wants to push into the community, you too will be silenced.

What the community needs is a safe place were we can actual have a respectful conversation, even if we stand on opposite sides of an issue.

The city of Mountain View should put on their website a forum section were members of the community can have such a place to have discussions on what ever issues that is going on in our city.


14 people like this
Posted by Poverty
a resident of Willowgate
on May 5, 2019 at 4:42 pm

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17 people like this
Posted by Bruce Karney
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 6, 2019 at 2:57 pm

Bruce Karney is a registered user.

Congratulations to the staff members who were recognized and to the Voice organization as a whole. Your coverage of local issues makes life better for those of us who live here and care about our community. Keep up the good work!


9 people like this
Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 6, 2019 at 6:20 pm

The Business Man is a registered user.

Mark,

If you follow the terms and conditions of the website you will not be having problems.

If comments are researched, based on unbiased resources, and are constructive you will very appreciated.

But when any comments that amount to personal attacks, attempt to raise public rancor against an individual, or simply acting out to intimidate public discussion, that is likely to get the author some problems.


3 people like this
Posted by Mark
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 6, 2019 at 6:28 pm

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Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 6, 2019 at 6:34 pm

The Business Man is a registered user.

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Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 6, 2019 at 6:45 pm

The Business Man is a registered user.

Mark,

Also with the current news regarding the conduct of the Mountain View Police settling a case for $325,000 regarding what was a case of wrongful termination becasue of the poor management of the department. In would not ASSUME that the Mountain View Police can be trusted.

They in fact have established a record of poor conduct. It may not have been judged againts them. But they paid off the terminated officer to stay out of the court. Just refer to Web Link

Please understand I asked perfectly good questions. And the department has a lot of questions to answer.


8 people like this
Posted by Vince Rondazzi
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on May 6, 2019 at 7:46 pm

The funniest part about Mark is his complete lack of self-awareness. He wants a safe space to post his opinions, and out of the other side of his mouth wants to censor and stop free expression by The Business Man. Typical conservative hypocrisy, "freedom" for me, not for thee.


4 people like this
Posted by Janice
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 6, 2019 at 7:48 pm

To VOICE,
Thank you for your reporting for the residents of our neighborhood. Huge congrats on all the awards.



To: Business Man & Mark
Settle your fight in the school yard. This is not the place, and nobody cares.


26 people like this
Posted by Gladys
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 6, 2019 at 8:08 pm

I do not see anyone here having a fight,that school yard comment is not warranted. I wish that I could have the capability to block seeing specific posters here for obvious reasons.

With that said, I know several people who have been banned from posting in the Town Square Forum, for no other reason than disagreeing with a story that the Voice put out.

I would also love to see the city have its own forum so people can freely express themselves in a respectful manner.


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Posted by Vince Rondazzi
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on May 6, 2019 at 8:54 pm

Gladys, don't you have the tiniest amount of cognitive dissonance saying that you want to block people AND you want a forum for people to freely express themselves?


26 people like this
Posted by Gladys
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 6, 2019 at 9:15 pm

Vince, If you do not understand my post, then do not put words into my mouth.

I would love a tech solution where I could put in certain users names and have them, blocked, not show up when I log onto this site.

One spam poster is nothing but condescending in his posts where he always says he is right and has to have the last word, always. I like to look at various peoples comments, but on some stories that comment section is a mile long and 3/4 of that mile is just this one person. Very Frustrating!



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Posted by Vince Rondazzi
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on May 6, 2019 at 9:43 pm

It'd probably help not to be condescending in a post claiming others are condescending. The Business Man is doing just what you want, freely expressing himself in a respectful manner, while you and Mark, on the other hand, are using personal attacks and being quite disrespectful. You really should be experiencing some cognitive dissonance.


19 people like this
Posted by Tedious
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 6, 2019 at 11:43 pm

Not that this matters any, but from comments above posted under the name (and from statistical cues I won't reveal here), I'm guessing this "Vince Rondazzi" is just the banned poster "LOL" using only slightly more determined methods than some banned posters of the past, such as Peter Cao Corn [?sp] and "Dr. DePortum."

Whether that guess was correct or not -- and as I say, it's just a passing thought -- what truly tells is how eager these people are to keep coming back! Even when banned from the site for good and widely supported causes that transcend opinion or politics -- even when they know that anything they write will disappear before most readers ever see it -- still it is so important to *them* to keep posting their comments. That sends an implied message of its own. . .


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Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 7, 2019 at 6:33 am

The Business Man is a registered user.

The fact that I support everyones first amendment rights goes without saying.

I support everyones ability to discuss the topics.

But there is another issue here cyberbullying or cyber harrassment which can be defined as:

Cyberbullying or cyberharassment is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means. Cyberbullying and cyberharassment are also known as online bullying. It has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers.[1] Cyberbullying is when someone, typically teens, bully or harass others on the internet, particularly on social media sites. Harmful bullying behavior can include posting rumors, threats, sexual remarks, a victims' personal information, or pejorative labels (i.e. hate speech).[2] Bullying or harassment can be identified by repeated behavior and an intent to harm.[3] Victims may experience lower self-esteem, increased suicidal ideation, and a variety of negative emotional responses, including being scared, frustrated, angry, and depressed.[4]

It is the interest of this media source to prevent such treatment.

When I post my comments, I do so only as a "information portal", so that unfounded claims are not going unchecked. I simply cannot be claimed as doing the above especially "pejorative labeling"

Furthermore those cannot claim that my comments are:

A frequently used definition of cyberbullying is "an aggressive, intentional act or behavior that is carried out by a group or an individual, using electronic forms of contact, repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself."[17] There are many variations of the definition, such as the National Crime Prevention Council's more specific definition: "the process of using the Internet, cell phones or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person."[6]

I strive to never hurt or embarrass anyone. But my information tends to contradict claims made on this site. Finally:

Trolling

Internet trolls intentionally try to provoke or offend others in order to elicit a reaction.[11] Trolls and cyberbullies do not always have the same goals: while some trolls engage in cyberbullying, others may be engaged in comparatively harmless mischief. A troll may be disruptive either for their own amusement or because they are genuinely a combative person.[19]

Now those I correct can argue that my conduct could be defined as this, as long as I do not substantiate my opinions with reliable objective sources that validate my claims. I have a duty as a citizen to validate or disprove a claim made by another as long as I do not violate the terms and conditions of this site.

That's all I will say.


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Posted by Vince Rondazzi
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on May 7, 2019 at 7:36 am

@Tedious, why can't the three of you avoid personal attacks? Address the substance of my posts, don't start conspiracy theories about "statistical cues" that I'm some other poster. Not everyone who posts here is your white whale.

[Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language]


13 people like this
Posted by Just kidding, right?
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 7, 2019 at 9:54 am

What a sad statement about journalism when the Voice wins a prize! They don’t practice journalism, they write biased opinion pieces then censor anybody that doesn’t agree with their liberal politics. What they publish is the antithesis of journalism and is what’s wrong with America today - the quashing of free speech.


9 people like this
Posted by Just kidding
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 7, 2019 at 9:57 am

@Gladys- no need to block TBM- fortunately he always posts with the same name so it’s easy to just scroll past his lengthy diatribes. That’s what the rest of us do.


4 people like this
Posted by Vince Rondazzi
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on May 7, 2019 at 10:26 am

Sigh, there's that unfortunate conservative victimhood complex again. It's so sad to see an entire generation wrapped up in conspiracies and false persecution narratives.


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Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 7, 2019 at 10:48 am

The Business Man is a registered user.

Allright I am simply saying I want a constructive discussion.

I am not participating in any conversation that is nothing but throwing insults.

Why can't we have a proper discussion?


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