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JOURNALISM HONOR - The Los Gatan was nominated as a finalist in the 2023 California Journalism Awards Contest. (screenshot of; Composite by Drew Penner)

The Los Gatan has earned its first-ever California News Publishers Association award nomination, in the 2023 California Journalism Awards contest.

Designer Hon Truong was recognized in the Print Inside Page Layout & Design category for work with this Los Gatos community title. He was also nominated, alongside Todd Guild, Tarmo Hannula, Johanna Miller and former Los Gatan editor Erik Chalhoub, for Print Front Page Layout & Design with Watsonville-based sister publication the Pajaronian, which falls in a different division.

According to CNPA, the California Journalism Awards are designed to provide “the opportunity for publishers and editors to promote excellence in journalism and recognize their staffs’ outstanding work to inform and enlighten their readers through reporting, design, photography and multimedia in print and online.”

Entries must have been published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2023. Finalists were revealed May 29.

Another Weeklys paper, East Bay Express, received five nominations. Good Times Santa Cruz racked-up six nominations, including in the General Excellence category. Executive Editor Dan Pulcrano earned six nominations across multiple titles.

Guild, Chalhoub and Hannula, who all contributed to the Los Gatan over the past year, were nominated for a Breaking News award for a Pajaronian entry.

Metro Silicon Valley, which is distributed throughout Los Gatos, brought home eight nominations, including in the In-Depth Reporting and Feature categories, thanks to reporting from Nikki Silverstein, Pulcrano, Michael Moore and now-Los Gatan Editor Drew Penner.

The Los Gatan released its inaugural issue on Sept. 1, 2021.

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