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California Journalism Awards finalists announced

California Journalism Awards finalists announced

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After a busy few weeks of sorting through entries and then judges’ decisions, we are pleased to announce this year’s finalists for the 2017 California Journalism Awards, formerly the Better Newspapers Contest.

The top four or five finalists for each category are listed in alphabetical order by newspaper name. Congratulations to all finalists and thanks to everyone who entered. Special thanks to all the judges who volunteered their valuable time to evaluate more than 3,000 entries in the daily, weekly and campus divisions.

First- and second-place plaques for General Excellence and Online General Excellence will be presented at the 2017 California Journalism Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 14 at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa in Sonoma. First- and second-places winners in other categories will be presented in a slideshow at the awards ceremony. Event details and registration are available online. We hope to see you there!

First- and second-place award plaques in categories other than General Excellence will be shipped directly to winning newspapers in May. Honorable-mention certificates will be mailed to newspapers, also in May.

Lists of the finalists in this year’s California Journalism Awards are online as downloadable PDFs:

Dailies & weeklies


The lists are also available as sortable and searchable tables.