Morgan Hill Times editor Michael Moore was a winner at the May 4 California Journalism Awards ceremony, presented by the California News Publishers Association.
Moore won second-place recognition in the In-Depth Reporting category for a series of stories on the death of Steven Juarez while being taken into custody by Gilroy Police. All of the articles appeared in the Gilroy Dispatch; several appeared in the Times.
Times sports editor Emanuel Lee also was a winner at the annual awards event. Lee was recognized with a fourth-place award for Sports Feature Writing for an article he wrote for the Hollister Free Lance. Lee also won a Sports Feature Writing Award in 2017.
The Gilroy Dispatch, a sister newspaper of the Times, was awarded First Place for General Excellence, the highest honor for California newspapers, in the annual journalism awards in the weekly newspaper circulation 11,001-25,000 category.
The judge wrote of the Gilroy Dispatch: “Solid writing and very newsy stories. I like the way they approach some governmental coverage with real people and not a recitation of events. There is nice ad support. The sports stories and photos were engaging and a real bright spot. South Valley section is beautifully designed, shot and features are written well.”
The Times and its South Valley magazine share news editorial, advertising and design staff with the Gilroy Dispatch and the Free Lance in Hollister.
In addition to his role as editor of the Times, Moore writes about criminal justice and legal issues for the Dispatch and Free Lance.
The other newspapers in the Metro Newspapers group won a total of 20 CNPA awards. The flagship Metro Silicon Valley weekly won first place for Investigative Reporting and Arts & Entertainment journalism for the third consecutive year.