The Union wins two CNPA awards |

The Union wins two CNPA awards

The Union has been notified that it has won two awards in the 2005 California Newspaper Publishers Association Newspapers contest.

City editor Brian Hamilton will receive either a first- or second-place award for his column “A sideline act worthy of applause.” The column, which was published on Sept. 21, is about Chandler Van Heeringen, a young man whose battle with cancer led to a special relationship with the Bear River High School football team.

The Union will also receive either a first- or second-place award for front-page design. Design editor Kim Midboe designed the pages, which were published on Sept. 22 and Sept. 30.

The winners will be announced on July 15 at an awards ceremony in Universal City.

In addition to those awards, The Union received four Certificates of Achievement, which is awarded to entries that finished in the top 10 percent of a category.

Publisher Jeff Ackerman was recognized for column writing. Photographer David Torch for a feature photo called “A blow for creativity,” which was published on May 17. The Union’s special section “Friends to the forgotten” also received a certificate. The sports section was recognized for its coverage in March. Hamilton, who was the sports editor at the time, and Stacy Hicklin were responsible for that effort.

Earlier this month, editor Pat Butler received a second-place award for column writing in the Associated Press News Executives Council contest.

The Union, which has circulation of nearly 17,000, competes with daily newspapers that have a circulations of 25,000 and under.

Hamilton’s story can be read at

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