The California Newspaper Publishers Association on Saturday named The Davis Enterprise the best small daily newspaper in the state for the second consecutive year.
The paper won first place for general excellence — the tops award in CNPA’s Better Newspapers Contest — and 15 other awards. The awards were announced during a statewide press summit in Los Angeles.
Debbie Davis, The Enterprise’s editor and assistant publisher, praised the newsroom team for its hard work and dedication.
“I’m so proud of the consistently excellent work of all of our staff members,” Davis said. “In these particularly challenging past couple of years, we have refocused ourselves on our primary mission — outstanding local coverage — and it pays off with this wonderful recognition from our peers in the industry for two years in a row.”
In addition to general excellence, The Enterprise won first place for front pages, local breaking news story, arts and entertainment coverage, sports story, columns, sports photo and photo essay.
The paper was second for special issue, environmental or agriculture reporting, business or financial story, writing, feature story, breaking news photo, feature photo and photo essay.
The Better Newspapers Contest judges were highly complimentary of The Enterprise.
“This is an attractive, well-written, well-photographed newspaper that covers its community comprehensively and passionately. The Davis Enterprise combines hard news like the hate crimes and tuition protests with charming views of Davis life, like Pig Day at the Farmers Market.
“Clean layout, strong headlines and good sports coverage,” the judges continued. “A great newspaper!”
The Enterprise’s sister newspaper, the Daily Republic in Fairfield, received eight awards in a larger daily circulation category. It won first-place awards for lifestyle coverage, sports story, breaking news photo, feature photo and best video. In addition the paper placed second for environmental or agriculture reporting, photo essay and online coverage.
Two other McNaughton Newspapers, competing in separate weekly categories, also were recognized.
The Winters Express won first place for editorial pages, and The Mountain Democrat in Placerville won first-place awards for local breaking news and front page, as well as second-place nods for local breaking news, sports story and columns.
The Better Newspapers Contest is a newsroom competition that is sponsored by CNPA to recognize the most outstanding journalistic achievements published by daily and weekly California newspapers, typically in one calendar year. This year’s contest period was approximately 18 months.
Dailies and weeklies compete separately among themselves based on their circulation. For example, The Enterprise competes in the small daily newspaper category for papers with paid circulation of 10,000 and below.
The Daily Republic competes among newspapers with paid circulation between 10,001 and 25,000.