The Almanac won two awards in the statewide newspaper contest sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, it was announced Saturday.
Staff photographer Michelle Le won a first-place award for her photo essay cover story, "A legend comes to life," on Menlowe Ballet's premiere of a dance based on a Mongolian folktale. Her photos appeared on the cover (PDF) and the inside (PDF) of the Oct. 29, 2014, issue of the Almanac.
Staff writer Sandy Brundage won a second-place award in the business story category for her cover story, "The price of doing business," about the challenges for retailers in downtown Menlo Park.
Ms. Le won another first-place award (for news photo) and two second-place awards (for artistic photo and feature photo), work that appeared in the Almanac's sister papers, the Palo Alto Weekly and the Mountain View Voice.
Blue Ribbon finalists
The Almanac won Blue Ribbon finalist certificates for finishing in the top four in these categories:
● Environmental reporting: Dave Boyce's story, "Can we rise to the challenge of rising sea levels?"
● Writing: Renee Batti's column: "The beat goes on: An appreciation of Dr. Wong."
● Sports photo: Michelle Le photo, "Broken down, built back up."
The competition was for work published between Nov. 1, 2013, and Oct. 31, 2014. Awards were given to weekly and daily newspapers based on circulation categories.