FAIRFIELD — The Daily Republic was recognized last weekend for its achievements in agricultural reporting, photography and coverage of the arts.
Reporter Barry Eberling’s reporting on the four seasons of Suisun Valley won first-place honors in agricultural reporting. Current Photo Editor Robinson Kuntz provided photography and video to accompany the series. Installments appeared each season and spanned a full year.
Features Editor Susan Winlow, Reporter Amy Maginnis-Honey, Design Editor Kim Durbin, Columnist Nick DeCicco, former Photo Editor Brad Zweerink and Kuntz won the first-place award for arts and entertainment coverage.
Kuntz won a first-place award for artistic photo for a photo of a sun halo as seen in June 2013 through some playground equipment at Allan Witt Park in Fairfield.
Awards were announced Saturday during the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual conference in San Jose. The association’s Better Newspapers Contest pits publications of similar circulation against one another in numerous writing, photography, design and related newspaper categories.
The Daily Republic was selected among the top four in two additional categories: front page design for broadsheet publications, and special section for the annual Veterans Day section.
Three sister publications to the Daily Republic also earned recognition.
The Davis Enterprise won a first-place award for best sports story, and second-place awards in the columns, feature photo, photo essay, sports photo and writing categories. The Davis paper competes in the circulation division immediately below the Daily Republic.
The Mountain Democrat, a weekly publication in Placerville, won first place for arts and entertainment coverage, columns, and news photo; and second place for front page design broadsheet, and special section. The Winters Express, also a weekly, won first place for best columns.
One other area publication was also recognized. The Times-Herald in Vallejo won first place for news photo.
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