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CN&R picks up three first-place awards, two for writing and one for design

The Chico News & Review came away with three first-place awards in the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual Better Newspapers Contest.

In the contest’s largest circulation category for weekly papers, CN&R took home the top honors for Best Writing (staff writer Ken Smith’s “Bond of brothers”), Best Feature (contributor Jerry Olenyn’s “A monk’s life”), and Best Front Page (Art Director Tina Flynn’s design for “Girls in a jam”).

Other local first-place honorees include the Chico Enterprise-Record, which took home two awards for photography in its category for dailies with circulations between 15,000 and 35,000. The Orion, Chico State’s student newspaper, won awards for Best Writing and Best Sports Story in its collegiate division.

Meanwhile, Valley Mirror Publisher Tim Crews—“Mr. Sunshine”—earned the CNPA’s Freedom of Information Award.