The Union earns 12 California Newspaper Publishers Association awards |

The Union earns 12 California Newspaper Publishers Association awards

As part of its annual Better Newspapers Contest, the California Newspaper Publishers Association announced The Union has earned 12 awards for its work in 2014.

This week, the CNPA notified newspapers across the state that have won awards in their respective circulation division for their work in the organization’s annual Better Newspapers Contest, in which journalists are recognized for excellence in categories such as local breaking news, editorial commentary, best writing and photography.

Five of those honors have been nominated for either first or second place in their respective categories, which will be announced at the CNPA’s 2015 Press Summit in Coronado on May 9.

Among the honors nominated for first place is The Union’s special edition series in celebration of its 150th anniversary for Best Special Section, which included monthly features on the history of the newspaper and the community it has covered since 1864. All of the award-winning anniversary content can be found at

The Union also remains in the running for first place in Best Coverage of Business News, for a series of stories on “High-speed Internet in Nevada County” written by staff writers Keri Brenner, Ivan Natividad and Chris Rosacker. Brenner has also been nominated for first place for Best Environmental Reporting for her story “Water for gold: The standoff heightens on San Juan Ridge.”

Prospector, The Union’s weekly entertainment guide produced by Features Editor Brett Bentley, is a nominee for Best Arts & Entertainment Coverage. Community Reporter Cory Fisher’s story “Jadee’s journey,” about a transgender teen, has earned either first or second place for Best Feature Story.

Seven more awards earned by The Union were Blue Ribbon Finalists, among the top four entries in each respective category, including the General Excellence Award.

The Union also earned honors for Best Breaking News reporting by City Editor Liz Kellar, Staff Writer Dave Brooksher and Brenner for their coverage of an investigation of Nevada County Supervisor and Grass Valley City Council candidate Terry Lamphier. Natividad earned Blue Ribbon Finalist honors for his special report on Common Core in the Best Coverage of Education competition, as California began its first full school year under the new standards. Sports Editor Walter Ford was honored as a Blue Ribbon Finalist for Best Sports Page or Section.

Best Page Layout & Design honors were earned by Copy Desk Chief Kim Midboe and copy editors Samantha Sullivan, Bryan DeMain and Cynthia Robertson, along with Ford and Bentley. The Union also was a Blue Ribbon Finalist for Best Lifestyle Coverage, a section also produced by Bentley, and was among the top four finalists for Best Website,

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