A stack of newspapers by DRB62 via Flickr

A stack of newspapers by DRB62 via Flickr (April 12, 2012)

I’m proud to announce that the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, La Cañada Valley Sun and Pasadena Sun received nominations in 16 categories in the annual California Newspaper Publishers Association contest. As far as I can tell, this is a record for us, and I'm pretty excited about it.

The nominations mean the papers will receive either first or second place in those categories, with the winners to be announced May 5 at the CNPA conference in San Jose.

The nominations run the gamut, from news to investigative, features to photo, and columns to sports coverage. Also, three of the four papers received finalist nominations for their respective websites. Finally, I want to note that the Pasadena Sun received a nomination for the CNPA’s highest award in its category: General Excellence.

This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff. I’m proud to be a part of this organization. Congratulations!

-- Dan Evans, Times Community News

Pasadena Sun 
General Excellence (Staff) - Finalist 
Best Website (Staff) – Finalist

La Cañada Valley Sun 
Sports Coverage (Grant Gordon, Gabriel Rizk, Charles Rich, Andrew Campa, Andrew Shortall) - Finalist 
Website (Staff) – Finalist 
Columns (Carol Cormaci) - Finalist 
News Photo (Firefighters stop fire, Tim Berger) - Finalist 
Art/Nature (Tangled Web, Raul Roa) - Finalist

Burbank Leader 
Government Coverage (Bonuses) - Finalist 
Sports Coverage (Jeff Tully/Grant Gordon) – Finalist 
Layout and Design (Matt Wilkes, Mike Swanson, Jon Thompson, Erik Haugli) – Finalist 
First Amendment (Bonuses) - Finalist 
Website (Staff) – Finalist

Glendale News-Press 
Government Coverage (ADI, Melanie Hicken) - Finalist 
Feature Story (Brand family, Megan O'Neil) - Finalist 
Columns (Dan Evans) - Finalist 
Art/Nature Photo (Duck!, Raul Roa)