The Almanac won first- and second-place awards for coverage of local government, artistic photo and coverage of youth and education at the 2018 California Journalism Awards event held in Long Beach on Saturday, May 4.
Reporter Kate Bradshaw took the first-place prize for coverage of local government for "What happened in China?" and related stories that examined a trip to China taken by then Menlo Park Councilwoman Kirsten Keith and the City Council's subsequent steps to adopt a new policy addressing when council and staff travel will be reimbursed by the city and when council members can accept third-party funding for travel. Editor Renee Batti also won third place for editorial comment for a related editorial, "Questions surround councilwoman's trip to China."
Bradshaw also won a second-place prize for coverage of youth and education for "The Big Lift," a third-place award in the enterprise news story or series category for "One family's battle to stay in Menlo Park," and third place for land-use reporting for "It takes a village."
Photographer Magali Gauthier won second place in the artistic photo category for her photo of local ballet dancer Stephanie Herman, and third place for news photo for a picture of a Caltrain commuter wearing an N95 mask to avoid breathing in smoky air caused by the Camp Fire. Former Almanac photographer Michelle Le took fourth place for a news photo of a student walkout for gun control.
Reporter Angela Swartz won fourth place in the in-depth reporting category for "The long road to the classroom," a package of stories examining how the high cost of housing on the Peninsula is impacting local teachers.
Almanac freelance reporter Barbara Wood took third place in the profile story category for "Looking for trouble," and freelance writer Maggie Mah won fifth place for her profile, "Portola Valley's passionate 'pollinator.'"
Bradshaw and freelance photographers Natalia Nazarova and Adam Pardee won second place for photojournalism for the issue dated Nov. 14, 2018.
The annual journalism contest is sponsored by the California News Publishers Association, and honors journalists in the state at daily, weekly and school newspapers. The initial round of judging is performed by California journalists, with final judging done by out-of-state journalists.