The Almanac won five statewide awards in the annual California Newspaper Publishers Association contest. In the awards announced Saturday (April 27), the Almanac won first place in its circulation category for best feature story and second places in these categories: investigative reporting, coverage of the environment, photo essay and feature photo.
Almanac News Editor Renee Batti won a first-place award in the "best feature story" category for her story on World War II veteran and Menlo Park resident Carl Clark, who received a U.S. military commendation by the secretary of Navy in 2012 for heroism in saving lives and the ship, USS Aaron Ward, in 1945, when the ship was struck by kamikaze planes. Mr. Clark said he accepted the honor -- 66 years after the attack -- on behalf of all the military men who fought bravely for their country but, because they were black like him, "got very little recognition for what they did." Photos were by Michelle Le. Click here to download a PDF document with the story and photos.
Almanac reporter Sandy Brundage won second place in the "best investigative reporting" category for her November 2011 story, "The right to remain silent: what Menlo Park snitch tickets won't tell you."
In the story, she uncovered the Menlo Park police department's use of red-light camera citations, known as "snitch tickets," to coerce car owners into identifying drivers photographed by the camera. The snitch tickets falsely implied that recipients were legally obligated to identify the drivers. By interviewing snitch-ticket recipients, the reporter documented the practice of police repeatedly calling workplaces and landlords in an attempt to force the recipients to identify drivers. She showed how police made false threats, suggesting they could prevent renewal of vehicle registrations. The story explored how only those educated about their legal rights would know that they did not have to identify anyone or even respond to the snitch ticket. As part of a new state law sponsored by then state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, police departments are now no longer allowed to use snitch tickets.
Coverage of environment
Almanac reporter Dave Boyce won a second-place award in the "coverage of the environment" category for his story on a significant increase in recycling by local residents, and what happens to all those recycled materials. Photos were by Michelle Le. Click here to download a PDF document of section 2 of the March 3, 2012, issue.
The first-place award was won by the Almanac's sister paper, the Mountain View Voice, for a story by reporter Daniel DeBolt.
Almanac photographer Michelle Le won a second-place award in the photo essay category for a photo spread that included a story by Dave Boyce: "A contemplative life: Monks at Woodside Priory take the road less traveled." Click here to download a PDF document with the first section of the June 27, 2012, issue. The photos are on the cover and on pages 10, 11 and 12.
Almanac staff photographer Michelle Le won a second-place award in the category, "best feature photo," for a 2012 photograph of a regal equestrian costumed in medieval garb and riding through the mist during a Camelot-themed "Day of the Horse" event in Woodside. Click here for information and then click on the photo to enlarge.
Michelle Le also won a certificate of achievement for a news photo that placed in the top 10 percent of entries statewide.
The Almanac's sister paper, the Palo Alto Weekly, won 13 awards, including for general excellence and best website.