The Del Norte Triplicate brought home several top awards and honorable mentions this year from the annual California Newspaper Publisher’s Association.

The awards are for stories, features and editorials, which brought accurate, interesting and vetted information to its readers in 2016.

The CNPA’s Better Newspapers Contest recognizes outstanding journalistic achievements published by California newspapers. Chosen from entries statewide, winners were announced at the CNPA Press Summit in Santa Monica May 20.

First place

For his fireworks photos from 2016, Triplicate Photographer Bryant Anderson took a first place award in the artistic photo category. Judges said, “The gradient in the sky and all the wonderful little details set this apart from most fireworks photos.”

Anderson also took first place in the layout and design category, for various layouts July 14., Aug. 19 and Oct. 15. Judges liked the design on all the pages and complimented the designs as “eye-pleasing.”

The Triplicate’s editorial board of former Publisher Cindy Vosburg, Editor Robin Fornoff and Managing Editor Matthew Durkee earned a first-place award for its editorial, “Caltrans callous attitude toward safety on U.S. 101.” Judges said it was a strong editorial all around.

“Wonderful, forceful piece taking Caltrans to task for its decisions by metrics,” judges said. “What I like most was analyzing when the consultant study took place and pointing out that Dollar General underestimated the number of customers so it wouldn’t have to pay for road improvements.”

Second place

Reporter Jessica Cejnar was given a second-place award in writing for her “plugged into new technology” story.

“Great Quotes,” judges said, “Interesting story made better by the writing.”

Sports Editor Michael Zogg is also a talented news reporter, as illustrated by his second place award in the breaking news category for the story of a U-Haul driver who accidentally drove into the Smith River. Judges said, “the reporter did a great job of getting to the scene to get photos and quotes from the driver, which made for a compelling package.”

Anderson’s “Little things” series of extreme macro photos earned him a second-place award in the photo essay category.

“Very cool close-up photos,” judges said. “Great mechanics to photos. Macro photography shows the dew.”

Honorable mentions

Reporter/photographer Tony Reed received an honorable mention from CNPA judges for his coverage of an RV carjacking that led to a multi-agency chase and arrest. “Thorough reporting with lots of detail,” judges said. “Great work by the reporter to get to the scene for images and source-work.”

The Triplicate also received an honorable mention for its editorial “Parks not the good neighbor we thought they were.” Judges liked that the editorial made the case that State Parks needs to take more consideration when making critical decisions affecting the community.

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