The Half Moon Bay Review received several awards from its peers in the news industry on Saturday during the California News Publishers Association’s journalism awards gala, held in Long Beach.
The Review took the top prize among small weekly newspapers in the Enterprise News category for a series of stories aimed at helping voters understand cannabis ballot measures in the run-up to the 2018 election. The award went to Review reporters Alex Orlando and Carina Woudenberg.
“We were particularly proud of those stories,” explained Editorial Director Clay Lambert, who attended the awards event. “Alex and Carina took a ‘solutions journalism’ approach by telling readers how other communities were grappling with legal cannabis. In so doing, they drew on training we all received after the change of ownership last year.”
The newspaper finished third in the coveted General Excellence category. A selection of Lambert’s columns and editorials placed second and third in their respective categories. And Marc Hershon’s editorial cartoon dealing with a new nonsmoking ordinance finished fifth in the voting.