Triplicate Staff

10 honors in total go to editorial staff

The Del Norte Triplicate took home four first-place awards, three second-place awards, and three third- and fourth-place awards in the California Newspaper Publishers Association's statewide 2013 Better Newspapers Contest.

Two stories by staff writer Adam Spencer won first-place honors, as did a story by staff writer Jessica Cejnar and a series by former staff writer Anthony Skeens. A photo essay and another photo by photo/design editor Bryant Anderson received second-place awards, along with an editorial by former editor Richard Wiens. Third and fourth place honors went to a graphic illustration by former assistant editor Matthew Durkee, a story by former sports editor Robert Husseman and a photo essay by Anderson.

The Triplicate competed in the CNPA's nondailies with a circulation of 4,301 to 11,000 category. The awards were announced last weekend.

Spencer's first-place stories included his piece "Yurok restoration work: Bringing back the logjams ," which ran last Feb. 7 and won for best environmental reporting. It detailed the Yurok Tribe's restoration efforts on the Lower Klamath River. Also, there was his best feature story winner "Tsunami boat lifts spirits in Japan: They'd like to have it back ," which ran last April 12 and detailed the story of a boat that washed up on South Beach in Crescent City after the March 2011 tsunami hit the coastal Japanese town of Rikuzentakata.

"Ray's in Smith River to close ," Cejnar's story that ran last July 19 and covered the closing of a Smith River's only supermarket, won the coverage of business news category.

The best enterprise reporting award went to Skeens for his four-part "Inside the SHU " series, which ran last July and chronicled life inside Pelican Bay State Prison's Secure Housing Unit, including stories about prison gangs, hunger strikes, day-to-day life in the SHU, and prison reforms.

All of the winning stories and photos are available on the Triplicate's website,

Anderson's second place photo awards went to his dance concert photo essay, which ran last May and documented Del Norte High School's annual spring dance concert, as well as his July 4 photo "Fireworks over Battery Point lighthouse," which placed in the artistic photo category.

Wiens' Sept. 30 editorial "Protest aside, what about our water?" won second place in that category. It examined Crescent City's water rate increases and the public's pushback against them.

For the third and fourth place awards, which the CPNA doesn't distinguish between, Durkee brought home an honor for a graphic that ran with his May 22 story "Where the Del Norters are," which illustrated how many and where exactly the folks in Del Norte County live.

Anderson also won for his "Spring unfolds" photo essay, which ran last March 22 and featured images of spring around Del Norte, including blooming wildflowers and newborn animals.

"Fresh from the dairy," Husseman's June 22 story about the Alexandre family and the lessons they learned from playing sports, received an honor in the best writing category.

"It's wonderful to see so many members of the newsroom honored in a wide variety of categories," said Durkee, who is now the Triplicate's editor. "It demonstrates the Triplicate's depth of talent in providing quality news coverage and photography in a diverse array of subjects."

A 16-page section listing all of the statewide awards and including several first-place stories and photos, including Spencer's story about the restoration of the Lower Klamath, is available on the CNPA's website. The section can be viewed by going to and clicking on the "2013 Winners Announced" banner on the right side of the page.

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