The Modesto Bee has taken home the top award for editorial comment in California.
The newspapers Opinions content placed first among midsize newspapers in the 2013 Better Newspapers Contest sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Winners of the contest were announced Saturday at the organizations convention in San Jose.
The Bee also finished second in the coveted General Excellence category for newspapers with circulations of 35,001 to 150,000. And graphic artist Laurie McAdam won a second-place award for her illustration of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick that graced the cover of a February 2013 Super Bowl preview section.
Bee reporter J.N. Sbranti was honored with an award of excellence for her coverage of the Stanislaus County Courthouse site selection process.
These awards are great recognition of the excellent work of the talented journalists in The Bees newsroom, Editor Joseph Kieta said. The competition is stiff for us, since we compete in a category with newspapers that have much larger staffs and resources. So that makes the awards all the more meaningful.
The award-winning editorial, written by now-retired Opinions Editor Judy Sly, detailed the use of capital appreciation bonds by area school districts and how they have saddled taxpayers with a mountain of debt.
In the general excellence competition, papers were asked to submit two consecutive editions from September 2013. The entries were judged by a nationwide panel of judges for their overall excellence in news coverage, quality of writing, use of photos and graphics, page design and advertising. The Bees sister newspaper, The Fresno Bee, also owned by Sacramento-based The McClatchy Co., placed first in this category.
It was a McClatchy sweep, Kieta said.