The Daily Planet’s Justin DeFreitas swept two categories at the Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards Saturday night at Foster City’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. The contest is sponsored by the Peninsula Press Club.
In the non-daily newspapers division, DeFreitas took first place for entertainment reviewing for his critique of the movie Cowboy del Amor (published Feb. 24, 2006), and second place for The Devil and Daniel Johnston (April 7, 2006). He also netted an honorable mention in the specialty story category for a preview of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (July 11, 2006).
DeFreitas also swept the editorial cartooning category, which spans all divisions—daily and non-daily newspapers, magazines and trade publications. First place was awarded to his “Mousetrap” cartoon (May 5, 2006), regarding the proposed mixed-use development and Trader Joe’s at University Avenue and MLK; second went to “Sept. 10” (June 13, 2006); and an honorable mention was given to “Media Balance” (Sept. 1, 2006).
The contest covers the 11 counties of the greater Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma. Entries were judged by the Florida Press Club, Milwaukee Press Club, the Press Club of Cleveland, San Diego Press Club and the Press Club of Southeast Texas. For more information and a complete list of winners, see penpressclub.org.