Triplicate staff

The Daily Triplicate won eight awards for its news coverage, the California Newspaper Publishers Association announced Thursday.

Three of the Triplicate's awards - for its coverage of the Nov. 15 tsunami, for an investigative piece about breakdowns in the tsunami warning system and for its front-page design - could yet be named best in state for their categories. Final results for the association's Better Newspapers Contest will be announced July 14 in San Francisco.

andquot;It's always flattering to win an award, but doubly so when it comes from your peers,andquot; Triplicate Editor Rob Bignell said. andquot;The awards only have inspired us to work even harder to cover Del Norte County.andquot;

Entries in the contest came from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2006. Newspapers are judged against those with similar circulation sizes from across California.

The association names four finalists in each of the contest's nearly 30 categories. From those finalists judges then select a first and a second place winner.

Categories the Triplicate received awards for include:

?Spot News - Either first or second place for Nov. 16-17's breaking news coverage of the tsunami striking the Crescent City Harbor

?Investigative reporting - Either first or second place for Cornelia de Bruin's four-part series andquot;No Warning: 2006 Tsunami,andquot; which ran Dec. 6-9

?Front Page - Either first or second place for front pages from Dec. 6 and 22

?General Excellence - Finalist for overall newspaper quality for three consecutive issues from Dec. 6-8

?Editorial pages - Finalist for Dec. 30's andquot;10 Issues to Address in 2007andquot;

?Business/Financial Story - Finalist for Cornelia de Bruin's Nov. 21 story andquot;In Focus: Concrete shortage?andquot;

?Feature story - Finalist for Karen Wilkinson's Feb. 2 story andquot;Pelican Bay: A Day in the Lifeandquot;

?Arts and Entertainment Coverage - Finalist for coverage of local events during May