The Express has won two awards for journalism excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter. The paper won in the investigative journalism category for Darwin BondGraham’s report “Public Research for Private Gain.” The paper also won an award for arts and culture reporting for Ellen Cushing’s story, “The Bacon-Wrapped Economy.” Both awards were in the print/small newspaper division for publications with a circulation of less than 100,000.
BondGraham’s June 26 cover story revealed that the UC Regents approved a new corporate entity earlier this year that will likely give a group of well-connected private businesspeople control over publicly funded academic research. And Cushing’s March 20 cover story explored how the growth of the Bay Area’s tech industry has impacted the region’s arts and cultural landscape.
The Express was the only alternative newsweekly to win awards in this year’s SPJ Norcal contest, which is considered to be the premiere journalism competition in the Bay Area. Click here for the full list of winners.