Story last updated at 5/1/2013 - 2:57 pm
For the first time since Capital City Weekly has entered into Alaska Press Club awards, it has placed for "Best Weekly Newspaper."
CCW took third place in the category for the 2012 awards, which were announced April 20 during J-Week in Anchorage. This is the fourth year CCW has entered in the competition.
There were no judge's notes, so CCW can't say what the judges liked about the publication, but it would like to thank the efforts of all of the staff members who keep the Weekly reaching homes every Wednesday.
In this category, papers are asked to submit one edition from February, June, and August. While Capital City Weekly had a lot of staffing transition in 2012, dedicated efforts of past and present staff helped push the paper into the top.
Of course, staff - from the writing to advertising, printing, and everything in between - aren't the only pieces that deserve credit. Capital City Weekly also thanks all of its freelancers, contributing writers, and everyone who thinks of us when they have a story idea or event notice. Without community contribution CCW couldn't do what it does.
"I'm really proud of the work everyone has done to get us to this point," said Editor Sarah Day. "A lot of my predecessors and current coworkers poured a lot of heart and soul into Capital City Weekly and I think it shows."
Editor Sarah Day's story titled, "The redistricting dance," won second place for "Best Government or Political Reporting" in the small print category.
The story talked about how some legislators and constituents were dealing with changes because of redistricting.
The judge's comment: Personalizing successfully draws the reader into what might otherwise be a turnoff of a story.
Former Editor Libby Stringer also placed second for her piece, "Field Trip," about high school students touring the Greens Creek Mine as part of an into to mining class. She won in the category "Best Use of Story and Photographs by a Journalist," for small print.
There were no judge's comments.
The final award was for "Best Feature Photo" for small print, with the front page cover photo entitled, "Surf's Up."
The judge's comment: Very intriguing photo that works well within the layout. Nice use of long lens here.
For more information on the awards, conference or Alaska Press Club see: http://alaskapressclub.com/