VOICE Creative Team Wins Big In Statewide Awards Competition

VOICE Creative Team Wins Big In Statewide Awards Competition

Paulette Brown-Hinds, PhD

Last week our small but talented crew of media professionals won accolades in several categories at the California Better Journalism Awards, representing the best in newspaper production in the country’s largest state. Chris Allen, our Creative Director, won the best Front Page Layout & Design for consistently strong, dramatic, and clever cover art. 

“All three designs are dramatic and demand the reader pick-up these papers. You maintain your style from cover to cover, yet each is distinct and strongly illustrates your cover story. You make me want to pick-up your paper,” one judge commented. 

The creative team also won both first and second place in the Best Photo Illustration category for weekly newspapers our size for a compelling cover image accompanying the Northpark Elementary School shooting as well as supporting artwork for a Martin Luther King Jr., Holiday feature story. 

Contributor artist and illustrator Nikkolas Smith took first place for Best Illustration of the Obama family as “The Incredibles”. And Stephanie Williams, our managing editor and features writer, won second place in the Enterprise News Story or Series for the three-part feature story “Hate Rising”, exploring the resurgence of hate crimes in the Inland Region. 

There were over 3,000 entries for the competition this year, which were judged by a blue ribbon panel. The California Better Journalism Awards honors the best journalism among the state’s weekly, daily, and student newspapers. 

I’m so proud of the work we do weekly to inform and educate the community on issues of significance and importance. And I ‘m extremely proud to work alongside our talented and committed team of media and creative professionals.

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