Executives from California newspaper companies sat and listened, socialized and picked up strategies May 3-5 in San Jose.

The 2012 CNPA Press Summit events began with an economic forecast trending upward and ended with the naming of the best newspaper content in the state.

For highlights, no one does it better than our valuable member newspapers. Here are three:

Schur to CNPA president (Santa Maria Times)

Newspapers have key role, Paton says (San Jose Mercury News) "People in our communities know what we stand for," he said. "It is the act of creating original, and particularly original local journalism, that differentiates us from the online 'content providers.' In our markets no one does more local news and advertising than we do, and no one does it better."

L.A. Times is Newspaper of the Year (Los Angeles Times)

This inaugural Newspaper of the Year award is the most prestigious award in CNPA’s Better Newspapers Contest.

Based upon a point system that takes into account the entries and awards for the BNC, The Los Angeles Times won 19 awards and took first place in 8 categories and won second place in 11.

"It's an honor for The Times to be recognized and also to see all the incredible journalism being done by news organizations across the state," said Times Editor Davan Maharaj, shown with BNC host Will Fleet, The Fresno Bee.