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Tahoe Daily Tribune wins 9 awards in annual California News Publishers Association contest

Award-winning print entries

Coverage of local business

Place Name: Third Place

Contestant Name: Tahoe Daily Tribune

Entry Title: State of ride-sharing at Lake Tahoe

Entry Credit: Claire Cudahy

Judge Comment: I learned a lot about ride-sharing benefits and pitfalls and the unique circumstances of a region covering two states.

 

Coverage of local government

Place Name: Third Place

Contestant Name: Tahoe Daily Tribune

Entry Title: Vacation home rentals

Entry Credit: Claire Cudahy, Ryan Hoffman

Judge Comment: Very comprehensive coverage of a topic that is obviously of significant importance to readers.

 

Coverage of youth and education

Place Name: First Place

Contestant Name: Tahoe Daily Tribune

Entry Title: Back to the Land

Entry Credit: Claire Cudahy

Judge Comment: None

 

Editorial comment

Place Name: Third Place

Contestant Name: Tahoe Daily Tribune

Entry Title: Vote ‘no’ on Measure T

Entry Credit: Tahoe Daily Tribune

Judge Comment: An editorial that carefully and thoughtfully sifts through the rhetoric of what appears to be a divisive local issue. The writer comes down on the side of reason and likely helped readers/voters make an informed decision at the ballot box.

 

Enterprise news story or series

Place Name: Third Place

Contestant Name: Tahoe Daily Tribune

Entry Title: Beneath the Surface

Entry Credit: Claire Cudahy

Judge Comment: I was fascinated with this story from the beginning to the end. Sometimes, historical looks at an issue or story that was once written are boring and routine. This was just the opposite. Well written, punchy quotes and great organization.

 

Front page layout and design

Place Name: Third Place

Contestant Name: Tahoe Daily Tribune

Entry Title: January 17, February 14 & February 24, 2018

Entry Credit: Lauren Solinger

Judge Comment: Not enough variety of stories, but undeniably punchy. Who wouldn’t want to pick up a copy of this?

 

Feature writing

Place Name: First Place

Contestant Name: Tahoe Daily Tribune

Entry Title: Family matters

Entry Credit: Claire Cudahy

Judge Comment: Remarkable profile that manages to be moving and insightful in a relatively small number of column inches.

 

Sports feature story

Place Name: Third Place

Contestant Name: Tahoe Daily Tribune

Entry Title: Climbing in February

Entry Credit: Bill Rozak

Judge Comment: None

 

TOP FIVE PRINT FINISHES

Enterprise news story or series

Place Name: Fourth Place

Contestant Name: Tahoe Daily Tribune

Entry Title: Tahoe housing series

Entry Credit: Maggie Mayer

Judge Comment: Solid reporting on an issue affecting many communities. The commutes, toll on families, the school information all fleshed out well how serious this issue is for the region. I would have sought more local residents to add that extra firepower to the package to truly show the entire impact on families and employees.

 

Place Name: Fifth Place

Contestant Name: Tahoe Daily Tribune

Entry Title: The Four Seasons

Entry Credit: Bill Rozak

Judge Comment: Nice job of taking a good question and turning it into an interesting look at the ski season.

 

In-depth reporting

Place Name: Fourth Place

Contestant Name: Tahoe Daily Tribune

Entry Title: Beneath the Surface

Entry Credit: Claire Cudahy

Judge Comment: None

 

Investigative reporting

Place Name: Fourth Place

Contestant Name: Tahoe Daily Tribune

Entry Title: City manager on indefinite leave following performance evaluation

Entry Credit: Claire Cudahy, Ryan Hoffman

Judge Comment: None

 

Sports feature writing

Place Name: Fifth Place

Contestant Name: Tahoe Daily Tribune

Entry Title: Across Big Blue

Entry Credit: Bill Rozak

Judge Comment: None

 

Award-winning digital entries

In-depth reporting

Place Name: First Place

Contestant Name: Tahoe Daily Tribune

Entry Title: What lies in the depths of Lake Tahoe’s waters?

Entry Credit: Claire Cudahy

Judge Comment: Great primer on how the country's second-largest lake was formed. Fascinating reading, from the geology to the famous people who allegedly have visited the lake.

 

TOP FIVE DIGITAL ENTRIES

Feature story

Place Name: Fifth Place

Contestant Name: Tahoe Daily Tribune

Entry Title: Family with Incline Village roots to make film about first Down syndrome summit of Grand Teton

Entry Credit: Claire Cudahy

Judge Comment: Best of the rest. A people pleaser.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune brought home nine awards in the annual California News Publishers Association awards contest.

In the contest for print publications the Tribune won first place in “coverage in youth and education” and “feature writing.” Former Tribune News Editor Claire Cudahy (now McArthur) wrote both first place winners.

A story on a snowshoe outing intended to connect Washoe Tribe youth to their culture won first place in coverage of youth and education.

First place in feature writing went to Cudahy’s feature story on April Herrera, a South Shore resident who has fostered more than 100 children.

Cudahy also produced a first place winner in the digital media contest for “in-depth reporting.” The story explored what lies beneath Lake Tahoe’s surface.

The judges wrote: “Great primer on how the country’s second-largest lake was formed. Fascinating reading, from the geology to the famous people who allegedly have visited the lake.”

The Tribune won six third-place awards in a range of print categories, including in “coverage of local government” for continuing coverage on the vacation home rental issue and “front page layout and design.”

This Page 1 layout, designed by Lauren Solinger, was among the submissions that helped the Tribune win third place in “best front page layout and design.”
Tahoe Tribune A01 Feb 14

Sports Editor Bill Rozak received a third place award in “sports feature writing” for a story on local residents rock climbing in February.

The Tribune received third place in editorial writing for its stance on Measure T, which concluded that Measure T was the wrong answer to very complex problems facing South Lake Tahoe.

The judges wrote of the piece: “An editorial that carefully and thoughtfully sifts through the rhetoric of what appears to be a divisive local issue. The writer comes down on the side of reason and likely helped readers/voters make an informed decision at the ballot box.”

The ballot measure, which will ban vacation home rentals in South Lake Tahoe residential areas, passed by 58 votes.

The Tribune also finished in the top five — fourth and fifth place finishers do not receive awards — in several categories.

The Tribune finished in fourth and fifth place for “enterprise news story or series.” The fourth place entry was s three-part story series on Tahoe’s housing issues. All three parts were authored by former Tribune intern Maggie Mayer.

Rozak’s story exploring how more ski resorts are moving toward year-round operations with summertime activities finished in fifth place.

The Tribune finished fourth for “in-depth reporting” for a story by Cudahy exploring the question “what lies beneath Tahoe’s surface?” It also finished fourth in “investigative reporting” for its coverage of the former South Lake Tahoe city manager’s leave and ultimate departure.

In addition to winning third place in “sports feature writing,” Rozak also finished fifth with a story on two men swimming across Lake Tahoe.

The awards submission period was for calendar year 2018.

For most award categories in the print contest, the Tribune competed in the field of California weeklies with circulations ranging from 4,301 – 11,000, a group that includes publications such as Silicon Valley Business Journal, the Sonoma Index-Tribune, Sacramento Business Journal and the Sierra Sun, the last of which is owned by the same parent company as the Tribune.

In the digital contest, the Tribune competed in a field of news websites with 40,001 – 200,000 unique visitors per month. The broad range of sites includes the statewide service CALmatters and news outlets covering larger communities such as Mountain View and Orange County.

“I am beyond excited with the results,” said Tribune Publisher Rob Galloway. “Ryan (Hoffman) and his team have done a remarkable job in being able to identify and tell stories that resonate with the local community. We see it in the engagement numbers on the back end and now we get to see it here — a great accomplishment.”

The award results were announced Saturday night at a gala in Long Beach, California.

Click here to view all the winners in the print categories.

Click here to view all the winners in the digital categorizes.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story originally reported the Tribune won eight awards. Those awards were in the “print” contest. The post has been updated to include information from the “digital” contest as well.




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