2018 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

General Excellence ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 40,001 - 200,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Sonoma Index-Tribune
    Entry Title: sonomanews.com
    Entry Credit: Sonoma Index-Tribune Staff
    Judge Comment: This stands above all the other Websites in its class. Many of the Websites have lots of material to offer readers but the Index-Tribune does a phenomenal job of designing a Website that makes navigating easy. The lead artwork tops off the many news stories, while an interactive poll greets a reader partway down, and then the many sections are partitioned in wonderful “blocks” that give a reader easy access. Better yet, the journalism is solid. The columnists are featured well, the sponsored content is clearly marked and the advertising does not have that cheesy, overwhelming feel that turns off so many readers. The Sonoma Index-Tribune offers a large, community buffet but gives the reader the sensation that the meal is prepared just for them. Bravo!
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: CALmatters
    Entry Title: calmatters.org
    Entry Credit: David Lesher, Vicki Haddock, Shawn Hubler, Marcia Parker
    Judge Comment: Rarely does a non-profit, community funded news Website rise to the level of what CalMatters offers. When you visit CalMatters, you get the sensation that you are visiting a large news organization. All the topics are presented in a format that makes browsing the home page easy. And, of course, the journalism is superb. That alone would make CalMatters Website great. But exploring their Website reveals their “Explainers.” They have a Bill Tracker, an Election Guide and even an entire section on why readers should worry about retirement tax. If I’m a resident of California who wants to know the state’s politics and how it is affecting me, this site would top my list. Others sites can learn a lot from how well this Website is designed and how much it offers.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Grunion Gazette
    Entry Title: gazettes.com
    Entry Credit: Grunion Gazette Staff
    Judge Comment: The attention span of a reader is short. The Grunion’s Website does a great job of saying, “You have a short attention span? Well, let us give you a great design and offer you tantalizing headlines that will make you want to stay on our Website and explore.” When I visit a story, I’m ready to go to the next one. The prominent calendar, the photo and video gallery, the sections blocks – all of this is used beautifully to create a Website that informs while gently guiding the reader from one topic to the next.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Voice of OC
    Entry Title: voiceofoc.org
    Entry Credit: Norberto Santana, Jr., Tracy Wood, Sonya Quick
    Judge Comment: None
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Mountain View Voice
    Entry Title: mv-voice.com
    Entry Credit: Andrea Gemmet, Kevin Forestieri, Mark Noack, Julia Brown
    Judge Comment: None