Brehm Communications Inc. in San Diego recently honored the staff of the Roseville and Granite Bay Press-Tribune newspapers for efforts in 2007. Press-Tribune reporters, photographers and editors were honored at the annual Better Newspaper Contest, winning numerous awards in writing, design and photography. Judges for the weekly newspaper division included faculty and staff from the School of Journalism and Communi-cations at the University of Oregon in Eugene. The annual contest is designed to recognize and encourage outstanding performance in newspaper publishing. The Press-Tribune bested 23 other weekly newspapers for first-place honors in best front-page design, with judges praising the paper for the best photojournalism of the entries. The judges also awarded a first place for headline writing across the publication. Photographer Pico van Houtrye's photograph of a former gang member for a story on gangs received first place in the best original portrait category. The judges said they appreciated the creativity and technicial skills van Houtrye displayed in capturing the life of the subject. Press-Tribune staff writer Nathan Donato-Weinstein received a first-place showing in the best business story category. The winning article profiled a pair of Roseville engineers who were inspired by dry-erase technology to create a shoe that children could write on. The paper picked up a second-place award in the general excellence category based on its performance in nearly 20 news and advertising sections. Donato-Weinstein earned third place in the general reporting for a story detailing challenges faced by the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen in Roseville. In addition to The Press-Tribune's editorial department, advertising staff earned second-place awards for classified advertising. Bill Wallace, publisher for the South Placer Newspaper Group, which includes The Press-Tribune newspapers, said he was delighted with the efforts of the staff. We've gone through several changes at The Press-Tribune in 2007, Wallace said. Our group has proven they can handle it all. It's a pleasure to be associated with so many true newspaper professionals.