Sonoma – The Voice received first and second place honors at the 2018 Annual Press Summit of the California News Publishers Association (CNPA) on Saturday.
The publication’s Creative Director, Chris Allen set a new standard for excellence earning 1st and 2nd place honors for Photo Illustration of an Enterprise News Story or Series for the series “Hate Rising.” In addition, Allen was awarded 1st place in Front Page Layout and Design for several covers including “Hate Rising,” “Robots are coming to take a Job Near You,” and “The Resurgence of Hate.”
Nikkolas Smith took 1st place in Illustration for “Celebrating Barack Hussein Obama.” In addition, Voice Managing Editor and Features Writer Stephanie Williams was awarded Second Place in the Enterprise News Story or Series category for her report, “Hate Rising.”
The awards were not the only exciting news for the Voice team announced at this year’s CNPA event. Voice Publisher Paulette Brown-Hinds, PhD. who served as the CNPA’s Vice President/Secretary-Treasurer for the 2017-2018 year, is now President-Elect for the California News Publishers Association and will be inducted into the President’s position during next year’s CNPA Summit. Her appointment is also great news for the inland region as it will bring next year’s CNPA Summit to Riverside.
The CNPA plays a critical role in protecting the mutual interests of the state’s newspapers and counted among its members are news publications from the smallest weekly to the largest metropolitan daily. The organization boasts a membership roster of 900 newspapers. Not only does it play an essential role in California’s newspaper industry. It also plays a key role relative to influencing legislation in Sacramento.
In addition to the annual newspaper contest and summit, the CNPA promotes seminars on topics crucial to newspaper operations and viability.