The best thing about the annual “Better Newspapers Contest” sponsored by the non-profit California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) is the way the organization showcases some of the winners online.
In fitting old school style, the CNPA shares the information in the form of a small town newspaper PDF. 2010 winners were announced over the weekend in LA and encompass a wide variety of daily and weekly print publications.
One of the honored stories that caught FishbowlLA’s attention is “Chloe’s Legacy”, first place winner in the writing category for weeklies with a circulation of 11,001 to 25,000. Taken from Eureka’s North Coast Journal, the piece by Ryan Burns examines the tortured life of an 18-year-old transgender male teen who committed suicide last September, and attempts by the boy’s parents to help others learn from their experiences.
The article adds powerful, local context to issues raised by the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi. During a speech at a rally covered by Burns, the boy’s mom “spoke of Justin and Chloe as two separate people who, for a time, happened to share one body…”