DAILY NEWS FRONT PAGE, SPORTS TOPS.
MONTEREY - The California Newspaper Publishers Association on Saturday honored the Daily News of Los Angeles for having the best front page and the best sports coverage among the state's largest newspapers.
The Daily News won first place awards for its front page and for its sports coverage in the CNPA 2000 Better Newspapers Contest, officials announced. The Daily News, which is part of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, also won second place for its editorial pages.
The awards, for work published in 2000, were announced at CNPA's 113th annual convention in Monterey. The Daily News competed with newspapers with circulations of more than 200,000.
David J. Butler, editor of the Daily News and LANG vice president/news, said, ``These awards are especially gratifying because they honor the whole team at the Daily News. Lots of talented people are involved in creating the best front page in the state, providing our readers with the best sports coverage in the state, and offering strong editorials and commentary.''
Butler said the awards are especially meaningful to staff members because the Daily News is the smallest paper, circulation-wise, to compete in the large newspaper category. ``We compete with newspapers more than five times our size, so winning these important awards is especially rewarding and underscores the newspaper's commitment to excellence and the staff's hard work.''
Butler also said that other LANG newspapers demonstrated outstanding team and individual efforts throughout the group by winning an assortment of prizes.
Other LANG winners included:
--In the 75,001 to 200,000 category, the Press-Telegram of Long Beach took first place for front page and business/financial story; second place for public service, local spot news, arts/entertainment, and sports coverage.
--In the 25,001 to 75,000 category, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of Ontario took first place for a special issue and second place for lifestyle coverage. In that same category, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune in West Covina won first place for photo essay, sports coverage and sports story.
--In the 10,001-25,000 category, the Whittier Daily News won second place for local spot news coverage.