The Record earned first-place honors in four categories and second-place honors in four categories in its division in the 2017 California Journalism Awards sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
Overall, The Record received 20 awards Saturday at the CNPA annual conference, held this year in Sonoma.
Receiving first place awards were:
• Joe Goldeen: Feature Story — “From heartbreak to hope.”
Judges commented: “I was literally tearing up reading this. Great story. Phenomenal quotes. Moving & the pictures were great!”
• Michael Fitzgerald: Columns — “Memorable welcome to Stockton” and “It’s decision time for SUSD on Davalos.”
Judges commented: “A story of loss & community told without melodrama & an important but sensitive issue for the community show this columnist’s pitch-perfect range of reporting & writing skill.”
• Alex Breitler: Agricultural Reporting — “End of Delta asparagus?”
Judges commented: “This story gave readers a real sense of the community’s loss of an agricultural identity, from the multiple generations farming asparagus to the water tower & logo that showed community pride. The story was written with breadth & clarity about the forces working against the local asparagus market.”
• Clifford Oto: Sports Feature Photo — from the Challenger tennis tournament.
• Clifford Oto: Sports Action Photo — photo of Tracy baseball.
• Calixtro Romias: Feature Photo — photo of Christmas vigil.
• Donald W. Blount: Editorial Comment — editorial on Swenson Park Golf Course.
• Staff: Special Sports Section — 2017 prep football preview.
• Almendra Carpizo: Writing.
• Carpizo: Feature story.
• Front Page Layout & Design.
• Inside Page Layout & Design.
The Record also was recognized as a finalist in several categories:
• Roger Phillips: Coverage of Business News.
• Phillips: Coverage of Local Government.
• Donald W. Blount: Columns.
• Staff: Public Service Journalism.
• Staff: Special Section — Outlook.
• Calixtro Romias: Sports Feature Photo.
• Online General Excellence.
• General Excellence.
The General Excellence award is for the best overall print newspaper, considering all levels of coverage including news, features, sports and the opinion page, as well as design of the publication. The Online General Excellence Award is for best overall website content, including breaking news, photo galleries and reader engagement. The Record was in the division of newspapers with a daily circulation of 15,001-35,000.