The Lodi News-Sentinel won seven awards, including three first-place honors, in the annual Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
Sportswriter Ed Yevelev won first place in the best sports story category for his story on discus thrower Stephanie Brown-Trafton’s quest to compete in a second Olympic games.
The paper also won first place awards for best lifestyle coverage for its Lodi Living section and best page layout and design. Lodi Living is edited and designed by Lauren Nelson. The layout and design of news pages is coordinated by Kyla Cathey, news editor.
The Lodi Living section also won second place honors for arts and entertainment coverage.
Maggie Creamer won second place in environmental coverage for her in-depth package titled, “Who Owns the River?,” on the history of public access to the Mokelumne River. Formerly the city hall reporter, Creamer now coordinates a set of contracted publications produced by the Sentinel for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Photo Chief Dan Evans took second for best sports photo with his image of a Lodi High soccer player leaping to intercept a kick at the goal.
Second place honors also went to former News-Sentinel reporter Katie Nelson for investigative reporting on the disturbing trend of gang members becoming younger and younger in Lodi. Nelson is now a reporter for the Bay Area Newspaper Group.
“We’ve worked hard on the design of the News-Sentinel, and we know our sports section and Lodi Living are popular with readers,” said Publisher Marty Weybret. “It’s an honor to be recognized by our peers and seven awards may be an all-time record.”
The News-Sentinel competed in the category of daily newspapers with under 15,000 circulation. The awards were announced Saturday at the CNPA's annual conference in Universal City.
The Record of Stockton won five awards in the competition, including honors for best column, best investigative reporting, best education coverage and best local breaking news.