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The Signal brings home 6 state awards, including 'Best Website'

Journalism: Sports department sweeps ‘Sports Story’ category

Posted: April 19, 2010 11:35 p.m.
Updated: April 20, 2010 4:55 a.m.
The Signal won six California Newspaper Publishers Association awards in 2009, including the top two spots in sports news reporting among daily newspapers in its category, association officials announced Monday.

The sports department also took top honors in the special issue category with its high school football preview for 2009.

“What makes me the most proud about this award is it was a collective effort between our sports department, photo department and art department,” said Signal Sports Editor Cary Osborne.

“These awards are so much more rewarding than the individual awards because they show what we as a team can accomplish when we work together.”

The Signal’s 2009 Santa Clarita Football Issue featured, for the first time, a non-Foothill League player on the cover in Santa Clarita Christian’s Collin Keoshian.

The Signal’s sports staff also swept the Sports Story category in the annual CNPA Better Newspapers Contest.

Osborne won first place and Signal staff writer Joey Gulino took second place.

Osborne’s “Why didn’t my senior play?” asked whether seniors who have paid their dues in a high school athletic program deserve to receive substantial playing time in their last seasons.

Gulino’s “And the crowd goes wild” was part of The Signal sports staff’s enterprise series last summer. The story examined crowd behavior at local high school athletic events. also took first place for Best Website. The Signal’s website also won the same award in 2006.

“My technical partner, Joe Choo, my crew and I work very hard to provide our community the best local content and a window to what’s happening outside our valley,” said Stephen K. Peeples, online editor of since 2007. “We are honored by the peer recognition.”

Second-place awards went to Escape, The Signal’s weekly arts and entertainment feature, and to City Editor Brandon Lowrey for a feature story, “Winning one for Bobby.”

“I’m thrilled the Escape weekly entertainment section has received the attention it deserves,” said Michele E. Buttelman, features and entertainment editor.

“Editor Jim Walker, contributors Michelle Sathe and others, including The Signal’s talented Creative Services artists, have created a user-friendly and attractive publication.”

Buttelman oversees Escape and is also a regular writer for the section.

Publisher Ian Lamont said he’s proud of the newsroom’s accomplishments.

“In the past year we have added a number of great products both in print and online, many at the suggestions of our readers.

“Lila Littlejohn, our executive editor, and her newsroom team continue to be innovative and responsive to the great market we are privileged to be in,” he said.

“These CNPA awards recognize that we are doing many things well.

“But our increasing readership and market share are what we are most proud of, and to our readers the 80 of us at The Signal say, ‘The best is yet to come.’”

The California Newspaper Publishers Association represents more than 800 daily, weekly and student newspapers in the state.

Founded in 1888, the nonprofit organization is dedicated to championing a free press and improving the quality of print journalism throughout the state.


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