Voice honored at state newspaper awards

The Mountain View Voice was honored at a statewide journalism competition on Saturday with six first and second place awards. The Voice took second place for General Excellence, the highest honor at the Better Newspaper Contest, for weekly newspapers in its circulation category.

The Better Newspaper Contest awards were announced Saturday, May 3, at the California Newspaper Publishers Association's annual meeting, held this year in San Jose. The awards are divided by circulation category and daily or weekly publication, and winners are selected by a panel of out-of-state journalists.

Reporter Daniel DeBolt and photographer Michelle Le won first place in environmental reporting for a series of stories on Mountain View's legacy of hazardous pollution contaminating groundwater, "Toxic city: Danger from TCE lurks underground."

Reporter Nick Veronin and photographer Michelle Le won first place for "High school parents in uproar over students' 'obscenity'" -- his series of stories about the fallout after student journalists from Mountain View High School published an issue of the school newspaper with frank articles about sex and relationships.

DeBolt also won second place for best feature story for "A keyhole into the past," about the tiny, family-run lock museum in downtown Mountain View.

Le won second place for "20 years and still slithering," her feature photo of a preschooler celebrating the birthday of George, the beloved classroom corn snake.

The Voice's design director, Shannon Corey, won first place for her graphic illustration of the path taken by the car in the fatal crash that that killed William Ware, a man waiting at a bus stop. It accompanied the story "Driver to face trial in Ware's death."

The Voice also finished among the top four entries in four categories and was named a Blue Ribbon finalist in the following: enterprise reporting; breaking news; editorial comment; and news photo.

The breaking news finalist was Veronin's story "Pumar found guilty in death of William Ware" about the gruesome car accident.

The enterprise reporting entry was for "Worlds Apart," a pair of stories by DeBolt about Mountain View's rapidly rising rents, contrasting the new, high-end Madera apartment complex and life for low-income families crowding into one-bedroom apartments, featuring evocative photos by Le.

Publisher Tom Gibboney's editorial, "Student journalists get a bad rap" was a top finalist in the editorial comment category. He wrote about Mountain View High School student journalism program coming under fire after its controversial "sex and relationships" issue of the school paper.

Le's photo "At long last, a medal" of local veteran Juan Aranda receiving an Air Force commendation nearly 57 years after his heroic actions saved four lives during a hurricane, was honored in the news photo category.

The California Newspaper Publishers Association is a nonprofit trade association for more than 800 publications. Founded in 1888, it represents daily and weekly newspapers and news websites throughout California.


Posted by mike f, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 4, 2014 at 10:56 am

the voice is wonderful asset to our community
and our reporters write well

Posted by Max Hauser, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 4, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Max Hauser is a registered user.

Congratulations to the Voice honorees.

The stories that won this recognition make up an impressive set, when you list them all.

Posted by Well deserved, a resident of Shoreline West
on May 4, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Congrats all! We know what a great job you're doing. It's wonderful to see you recognized by your peers

Posted by Martin Omander, a resident of Rex Manor
on May 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Congratulations!! I read the Voice every day and have donated in the past. The Voice is a great asset for Mountain View.

Posted by Greg Coladonato, a resident of Slater
on May 5, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Greg Coladonato is a registered user.

Daniel, Nick, Michelle, Tom: congratulations! You do great work in our community.

To everyone reading this page: I hope you send in a donation to the MVV every year, as I do!

It would be terrible to lose this paper as a local news source.

Posted by John Wakerly, a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 5, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Congratulations to all of you! Kate would be very proud.

Posted by Susan, a resident of Castro City
on May 5, 2014 at 2:37 pm

The Voice is always an up-to-date source for my City news. The articles are true journalism with no editorializing. Just the facts as they are gathered. Congrats to a wonderful staff! Kate, indeed, would be proud! This forum is also a unique source of opinions and validation.

Posted by Ellen Wheeler, a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 5, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Congratulations, Mountain View Voice! You continue to be a valuable asset to our community. I'm also glad to read that Juan Aranda's medal ceremony was honored.

Posted by Juan, a resident of North Whisman
on May 5, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Congratulations. It is a GREAT paper, I can't even complain about the price. It is very well put together and very easy on the eyes and just something I look forward to every day.
Good Job

Posted by Waldo, a resident of Waverly Park
on May 6, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Waldo is a registered user.

Congratulations! You deserve the recognition, and I am proud to be a donor.

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