Editor’s note: While our local newspaper tooted its own horn, and “local yocals” such as Don Bessee, Barry Pruett, and Todd Juvinal joined the chorus, I missed the news that interested me as a 12-year alumnus of Northern California’s largest newspaper:
As Steve Rubenstein reports in the “Voice of The West”: “The Chronicle won (26 awards) and 12 top awards — including its third straight first-place award for general excellence in large-circulation newspapers — from the California News Publishers Association.
“In naming The Chronicle the first-place winner in the daily division, the California Journalism Awards judges cited ‘clear and compelling writing, good photos and lots of just nice finds tucked throughout the pages.’
“Every section is treated with care … (there’s) something for everyone,’ the judges added.
“The Chronicle’s other first-place awards for 2017 came in the categories of breaking news, editorial comment, feature story, front page layout and design, in-depth reporting, online general excellence, online photo story/essay, photo story/essay, photojournalism, sports feature photo and video journalism. The Chronicle also won nine second-place awards.”
I think I’ll renew my subscription to The Chronicle! We travel a lot in Northern California, and I often find community newspapers such as The Union to be too provincial. And some stories, like the front-page “investigation” on “roofie madness” are “fake news.” A lot of community news I read in The Union appears on my Facebook page — and it’s not fake news. To each his own, however.