Daily Cal website named best among student newspapers in California

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The Daily Californian’s website was named the best among student newspapers in California for the third year in a row by the California College Media Association on Saturday night.

In addition to winning general website excellence, the Daily Cal took home 18 other awards from the CCMA’s ceremony held this weekend in San Diego, including third place for general excellence in print and nine first-place wins.

Winning general website excellence, along with many of our first-place awards, stands as a testament to our ever-increasing focus on the paper’s digital product. In addition to being named the top student website in California, we won best use of social media, best blog and best video.

Since redesigning our website in the spring of 2011, the Daily Cal has seen an enormous increase in online traffic and recorded its highest number of page views ever last month, tallying  more than 900,000 in February.

For the past two years, the Daily Cal has also been awarded the Online Pacemaker by the Associated Collegiate Press, which is considered the most prestigious online award for college media and places the site among the best nationally.

In addition to the online awards, every single content-producing section at the Daily Cal received an award. Our design department won first for sports page design, third for feature page design and third for best infographic. Photo won third in the photo illustration and photo series categories. Arts & Entertainment won first in criticism. News won first in breaking news, second in nonbreaking news and third in the feature category. Sports won second in the feature category, and our night department won for best headline portfolio. Opinion won first for best editorial and second in the cartoon category. And with the help of our online department, we took home second in multimedia presentation for our feature on homelessness.

Below is a full list of awards presented to the Daily Cal at the CCMA award ceremony:

1st, General Website Excellence (www.dailycal.org)

1st, Social Media (“Updates and reactions to campus explosion and evacuation”)

1st, Blog (The Daily Clog)

1st, Video (“How big is UC Berkeley’s biggest class?” by Kai Ridenoure, Chloe Hunt, Shannon Najmabadi, Alex Mabanta and Lu Han)

1st, Breaking News (“President Obama interrupted by former UC Berkeley student senator at immigration speech in San Francisco” by Sara Grossman)

1st, Sports Page Design (“Dream Catcher”)

1st, Arts & Entertainment Criticism (“Documentary ‘At Berkeley’ takes an uneven look at a campus in crisis” by Javier Panzar)

1st, Editorial (“Stop treating millenials like a punchline” by Noah Kulwin)

1st, Headline Portfolio (by Alex Wolinsky)

2nd, Cartoon (“Texting in transit” by Maura Chen)

2nd, Non-breaking News (“Relationship of Dirks and Brown could define future of state’s public higher education” by Alex Berryhill and Shirin Ghaffary)

2nd, Feature (“In the City of Angels: Jeffrey Coprich’s escape from gangs and death in Inglewood” by Sean Wagner-McGough)

2nd, Multimedia Presentation (“Homelessness in Berkeley”)

3rd, Infographic (“Bart labor agreement” by Emily Robinson)

3rd, Feature (“Life in the political closet: A glimpse into the Berkeley College Republicans” by Sophie Ho)

3rd, Photo Series (“First Fridays: a photo essay” by Michael Drummond)

3rd, Photo Illustration (“The Ends Not Near, It’s Here” by Kore Chan)

3rd, Feature Page Design (“Class of 2013” by Bonnie Mata Matthews)

3rd, General Excellence, Print

Sarah Burns is the editor in chief and president. Contact her at [email protected]