The Half Moon Bay Review brought home a pair of first-place awards from the California News Publishers Association annual meeting in Sonoma on Saturday. In addition, the Coastside's newspaper finished second in the state in the coveted General Excellence category as well as winning several other awards.

Review staff writer Carina Woudenberg took top honors among small weekly newspapers for her video headlined "Christmas Dinner for all," about a volunteer program to feed seniors around the holidays. Editor Clay Lambert took first place for Editorial Comment for a Nov. 17, 2017, editorial headlined, "Harbor District runs out of second chances." Lambert also was a finalist in the same category for an editorial opposing renewed oil drilling off the California coast.

The newspaper has finished first or second in the General Excellence category for the last several years. This year, a panel of blue ribbon journalism-industry judges said, "Half Moon Bay Review has a very nice design … clean layout and good, solid photos. The editorial pages are excellent, with interesting editorial cartoons. Letters are nice. The obits are wonderful, the ad stacks unobtrusive, the calendar attractive and the staff profiles are well done."

Other Review awards include:

Woudenberg, second place, Feature Story, for "Rare arctic bird leaves fans flying."

Sara Hayden and Jamie Soja, second place, Video Journalism, for "Right side of the road," a part of the newspaper's Immigrant Project that detailed the World War II memories of Bruno Giusti.

Soja, third place, Sports Feature Photo.

Former reporter Kaitlyn Bartley, third place, In-depth Reporting, for her story "Unbudgeted but not unspent."

The newspaper was also a finalist for Agricultural Reporting and Coverage of Youth and Education issues.


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