On Saturday, May 5 the California Newspaper Publishers Association handed out hardware for excellence in journalism at their 2012 annual conference at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose. Monterey County Weekly took home a nice brass plaque -- on a handsome base of brushed chrome and hardwood -- for First Place, General Excellence in the 2011 Better Newspaper Competition for weekly papers with a circulation over 25,000.
General Excellence is the most prestigious award presented in each circulation category and the large paper category included alternative newsweeklies, community papers, legal and business journals from throughout the state including LA, San Diego, Sacramento, San Jose and the San Francisco Bay Area.
In the published remarks accompanying the list of winners the panel of industry judges wrote, “This is an excellent publication! It’s lively, well written and well designed. The Editorial pages are interesting and no-conventional. “Chasing Ghosts” [cover story, Oct. 20, 2011] was especially well written. This weekly is packed with listings and calendars but manages to look and read like a magazine.”
Monterey County Weekly also earned first place recognition (though no plaque just yet) in the category Coverage of Environment for its series of stories about methyl iodide, a fumigant permitted by the state Department of Pesticide Regulation for use in strawberry farming that has since been pulled from the U.S. market by its manufacturer.
Monterey County Weekly is a big fish in a beautiful pond. As the largest circulation newspaper in one of the most spectacular counties in America, Monterey County Weekly has long been recognized for its thoughtful, provocative and engaging coverage of news, arts and entertainment. Founded in 1988, the newspaper has received scores of California and national newspaper awards over the past 24 years. Good journalism has proved to be good for business too, as Monterey County Weekly today out-circulates the MediaNews and Gannett- owned daily papers in the market. MontereyCountyWeekly.com and its attendant social media platforms have further expanded the company’s reach and become go-to sites for local and visiting users.