The California Newspaper Publishers Association announced the winners of its annual Better Newspapers Contest on Saturday, and nine AAN members won a total of 38 awards. The Sacramento News & Review won a total of nine awards, five of which were first-place finishes, including a General Excellence win. "The News & Review is a salty and irreverent weekly packed with excellent coverage of news and culture, multiple voices in columns and two pages of letters," the judges wrote. "Its colorful design is inviting and, praises to the sales department, it is packed with ads." In addition, Palo Alto Weekly also won nine total awards; the North Coast Journal won eight; Chico News & Review won four; the San Francisco Bay Guardian won three; Metro Silicon Valley won two; and the Pacific Sun, Pasadena Weekly and SF Weekly each took home one award. CORRECTION: The Santa Barbara Independent also won five awards.

Continue ReadingCalifornia Alt-Weeklies Take Home Dozens of State Awards

The Nevada Press Association announced the winners of its 2008 "Better Newspaper Contest" Saturday night, and two AAN members fared quite well. The Reno News & Review won a total of 44 awards, including 18 first-place finishes; and Las Vegas CityLife won a total of 32 awards, with 12 of those being first-place wins.

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The Beat, a tabloid-style weekly launched by former News & Review editors Tom Gascoyne and Josh Indar in August 2006, announced last week that it was shutting down. "The paper tried to fill a niche to the political left of the [Chico News & Review] but never caught on with advertisers," the News & Review reports.

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Sacramento Magazine's annual "assessment of those wielding power and influence in the region" includes one unlikely pick that caught our eye: an alt-weekly reporter. The mag picked Sacramento News & Review's Sena Christian -- known as the "Eco Warrior Princess" -- because she "goads and guilts us into environmental stewardship with lively prose about all things 'green,' from fashion to toilets." Christian covers the sustainability beat full-time for the N&R, and she's chronicling the paper's $1.4 million "green" renovation of an old grocery store, which will serve as the paper's offices when complete later this year.

Continue ReadingNews & Review Reporter Lands on ‘Power & Influence 100’ List

In an effort to "help the planet survive," the paper's editorial team is now on a 10-hour-day, four-day work week, with one of those days a work-at-home or work-in-the-field day. Editor D. Brian Burghart notes that "this should enable editorial to cut about 40 percent of our fuel costs and carbon emissions." Office hours won't change for the business end of the newspaper.

Continue ReadingReno News & Review’s Editorial Staff Switches to Four-Day Work Week

Matt Coker, who came to Sacramento from the OC Weekly last Spring, was dismissed earlier this month, the Sacramento Bee reports. In addition, the paper's arts editor, Jonathan Kiefer, has resigned. News & Review CEO Jeff von Kaenel tells the Bee that Melinda Welsh will serve as interim editor until a permanent replacement is found. "(Melinda and I) have worked together for 20 years and we'll continue to make sure we're putting out a great paper," he says.

Continue ReadingSacramento News & Review Editor Ousted

In November, the Sacramento News & Review launched its Face to Face Video Ad project. The ads, which have also been rolled out at the company's paper in Chico and will soon hit its Reno paper, are serious, in-depth recorded interviews with vendors about their products and services. News & Review president and CEO Jeff von Kaenel says the idea was inspired by a vacation to India with his teenage daughter, who was shooting and editing video of the trip. "The video technology had gotten so easy to use," he says, it got him thinking about how the paper could take advantage of the technological leaps. So far, the initial reaction to the project has been promising, according to Susan Cooper, sales development manager at the Sacramento paper. In this Q&A with AAN News, she talks in more detail about the project.

Continue ReadingAdding Online Video to the Sales Toolkit

Reacting to the news that McClatchy plans to eliminate half of the artist jobs at its flagship Sacramento Bee and outsource the work to India, the Sacramento News & Review posted an ad for a "Media Company CEO" on Delhi Craigslist yesterday. "The value of McClatchy's stock has plummeted," the ad reads. "We are thereby accepting applications that we will dutifully forward to McClatchy for 'outsourced' CEOs who will work for much less than McClatchy's current CEO (who hauls in a cool $1 million, or up to $2.38 million with bonuses. Why are you laughing?). Your duties will include bailing water out of a sinking ship, blacking or tearing out bad McClatchy financial news from publications distributed in house (including your own) and dancing while angry board members shoot bullets at your feet. Serious inquires only." News & Review editor Matt Coker, reached by email, tells AAN News that they've already received two applications: one from the Phillipines, and another from a headhunter in New Delhi.

Continue ReadingNews & Review Looks to ‘Hire’ Outsourced CEO for McClatchy