Fresno Bee wins 9 first-place awards in annual statewide newspaper contest – Fresno Bee

The Fresno Bee received nine first-place awards Saturday in the annual Better Newspapers Contest sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, including Online General Excellence.

An additional 11 second-place awards were announced for The Bee during the awards luncheon in San Francisco. Altogether, The Bee was nominated in 19 categories – a record for the paper.

The Bee also won 20 Blue Ribbon awards signifying third place or fourth place in one of the 38 categories.

The Bee competes in the 35,001 to 150,000 circulation category, the most competitive because it has the largest number of newspapers.

“These awards confirm the quality of journalism being practiced daily at The Bee, and we are thrilled by this recognition,” Executive Editor Jim Boren said. “The Online General Excellence award underscores our commitment to being a digital leader in presenting news and information to our readers.”

This year, CNPA honored work published between Nov. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2015.

Here are the categories and The Fresno Bee’s work that judges recognized:

First place

▪ Online General Excellence

▪ Best Editorial Cartoon: The Four Years of the California Drought, by SW Parra

▪ Best Editorial Comment: County hides truth about death of Seth Ireland, by Bill McEwen

▪ Informational Graphic: Terminator Time(line), by John Alvin

▪ Sports Feature Photo: Mom details daughter’s big change, by Silvia Flores

▪ Sports Action Photo: Clovis Rodeo: Rain muddies it a bit, but Sunday finals set, by Craig Kohlruss

▪ News Photo: Two dead in murder/suicide, by John Walker

▪ Online Photo Story/Essay: Faces of the Drought, by Silvia Flores, John Walker, Craig Kohlruss

▪ Photo Story/Essay: Canopy of Color, by Craig Kohlruss

Second place

▪ Environmental Reporting: Water: Beyond the Drought Crisis series, by Andrea Castillo

▪ Agricultural Reporting: Farmers wasting water or providing benefits? by Robert Rodriguez

▪ Best Writing: With hands linked, elderly couple dies, by Carmen George

▪ Coverage of Business News: Drought creates new reality for farmers, by Robert Rodriguez

▪ Coverage of Education: Eye on Education series, by staff

▪ Best Front Page (design): Sept. 14, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, 2015, by Michael Yparrea

▪ Illustration: Weighing the cost for what ails you, by SW Parra

▪ Special Section: A Silent Disaster: Special Drought Section, by staff

▪ Feature Photo: Feed the butterflies at Big Fresno Fair, by John Walker

▪ Artistic Photo: Autumn wonderland, by Craig Kohlruss

▪ Photo Story/Essay: Facing the bull, by John Walker

Other McClatchy work

Other McClatchy papers in Central California won honors Saturday:

▪ Los Banos Enterprise: first place, news photo, photo story/essay, sports action photo

▪ Merced Sun-Star: first place, best columns, best editorial comment; second place, artistic photo, coverage of local government, general excellence, sports feature photo

▪ Modesto Bee: first place, agricultural reporting, best investigative reporting; second place, coverage of local government, general excellence, special sports section

▪ Sierra Star: second place, best sports page or section, environmental reporting, feature photo, photo story/essay, profile feature story

▪ Vida en el Valle: first place, news photo

Around the Valley

Honors won by other central San Joaquin Valley papers:

▪ Bakersfield Californian: first place, best sports game story, coverage of business news, coverage of local government, feature photo, lifestyle coverage, profile feature story, sports feature story; second place, non-profile feature story, sports feature photo

▪ Sanger Herald: first place, best investigative reporting

▪ Visalia Times Delta/Tulare Advance-Register, second place, agricultural reporting, non-profile feature story

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