Almanac recognized for 'general excellence'


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The Almanac took second place in the "general excellence" category of the state-wide Better Newspaper Contest, sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, it was announced Saturday. The Almanac also took a first-place award for a feature photograph by staff photographer Michelle Le.

Ms. Le's photograph, "Whirling through Mexico," was taken at the May 15, 2009, cultural arts day at Encinal Elementary School in Atherton, and depicts two dancers with Ballet Folklorico Alma de Mexico.

In winning the awards, The Almanac competed against other weekly newspapers in the state in its circulation category.

Sister papers

The Almanac's sister paper, the Palo Alto Weekly, picked up seven first-place awards, including for "general excellence" and best Web site for Palo Alto Online. The Weekly also won for local-news coverage, sports coverage, editorial comment, layout/design, and feature photo.

The Mountain View Voice, also a sister paper, won a second-place award for public service.

The awards are given by circulation category and there are separate awards for daily and weekly newspapers.

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Apr 20, 2010 at 9:18 am

R.GORDON is a registered user.

You definitely have the best staff of any small paper I read in the Bay Area. Curmudgeons you serve find you too liberal.
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You deserved first place in my estimation, which will obviously strengthen the zeal of my detractors who stay home on their outmoded computers and think that the area your paper serves is not interested in local issues....No, you extend your ideas nationally and worldly.

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Posted by Speaking for Many
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Apr 20, 2010 at 10:33 am

For once, I'd like to post anonymously, since I speak for many of us. The Almanac does a wonderful job of covering the local area with overstretched staff and few plaudits. Thank you!

Lots of people in a small space (Menlo Park) and lots of money in a somewhat larger space (Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley) cannot make it an easy "beat" for any publication that wants to be both fair and comprehensive. (Perhaps we should christen ourselves "the contentious south San Mateo County.") Thanks for coping.

And special kudos to Michelle Le, who is a treasure. What a wonderful photographer at capturing the spirit of the moment -- whether it's something as glorious as this dance or the much more mundane photos she takes with such grace every day.

Thanks to each and every one of you!

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 20, 2010 at 10:38 am

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I agree completely that The Almanac is a treasure.

I am particularly grateful for the Town Square Forum. I know of no other vehicle where citizens can vent and provide comment on local issues.

Thanks to The Almanac!

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Apr 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm

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To the entire staff of the ALMANAC..........
I want to declare I am sincere in my opinion of you, and do not have to use a pseudonym in order to offer my congratulations.
It seemed to take a long time before anyone bothered to thank all of you.
Finally, I would like to ask all of you at the paper both on and offline, just what is the population and the size of the area which you serve such a discordant mass of people?
Is yours the ONLY San Mateo publication online which serves the citizens of the entire COUNTY? Do people ever travel beyond this beautiful and preserved and congested area to find what life is like in the larger remaining parts like the coastal ranges and incredible cliffs and beaches?

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Posted by David Boyce
Almanac staff writer
on Apr 20, 2010 at 3:27 pm

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Dear R.Gordon - The Almanac serves about 17,000 households in four communities: Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

I'm not sure how many square miles that represents.

In the annual newspaper contest, we compete with other California weekly papers that serve roughly the same number of households.

Thanks very much for your compliments.

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