CNPADOWNTOWN — The Santa Monica Daily Press took home two awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA), one for best special section and the other for best business, financial or economic news story.

The awards for the Better Newspaper Contest, which were handed out this week, were for the Daily Press’ 2012 Vote Local Election Guide, which focused on local and state races, and a feature article by staff writer Ashley Archibald on local reaction to the proposed federal Stop Online Piracy Act, which would have impacted several media companies based in Santa Monica (“Anti-piracy bills split local tech business community”).

The election guide was distributed to nearly every household in the city by the sea.

“From conception to execution, Vote Local proved to be a great example of how well our team works together,” said Daily Press Publisher Ross Furukawa. “I knew we had something special going, and I’m pleased that CNPA voted us the best in California.”

The Daily Press competed against other daily newspapers in the 15,001 to 35,000 circulation division.

“I am so proud of our entire staff for their dedication to the craft,” said Daily Press Editor-in-Chief Kevin Herrera. “We pride ourselves on providing our readers with comprehensive coverage to help them make more informed decisions about the future of Santa Monica. To do that, oftentimes the editorial team works late into the evenings, sacrifices time with family and friends, but in the end it is worth it. We do it because we love it. Being recognized by the CNPA is just icing on the cake.”

The CNPA’s mission, according to its website, is to “champion the ideals of a free press in our democratic society and to promote the quality of economic health of California newspapers.” The nonprofit organization, which has been in operation for 124 years, represents more than 800 daily, weekly and campus newspapers.

The Daily Press is Santa Monica’s only daily newspaper and has been in operation since 2001.

CNPA award winners will receive a plaque and be recognized at the Better Newspaper Contest Awards Show scheduled for April 27 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City.

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