To protect and serve the common interests of its newsmedia members, to help members inform and thereby strengthen their communities, and to foster the highest ideals, ethics and traditions of journalism, a free press and the news profession.
First-place and second-place plaques will be shipped directly to the winning publications in the coming weeks.
Personalized certificates will also be mailed to winners in each category.
A complete list of all California Journalism Award winners will be provided on May 18th.
|Circ Group(s)||Category Name||Award||Organization||City||Entry Title||Comments||Credits||Competition Comments|
|Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000||General Excellence||First Place||The Sonoma Index-Tribune||Sonoma||Sonomanews.com||This site is a gem. Strong photography, clean layout, headlines and story captions that are compelling points of entry for the devoted reader and casual grazer alike.||Lorna Sheridan, Christian Kallen, Robbi Pengelly, Anne Ernst, Kate Williams||It was a real privilege to be able to spend so much time on these sites. This was a tough competition, with not much separating the Top 3 sites especially.|
|Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000||General Excellence||Second Place||The Tribune||San Luis Obispo||sanluisobispo.com||This is one of the cleanest and easy to navigate news sites I've seen in a long time. Its layout and drop down menus guide readers to a deep well of news, features, sports and commentary.||staff||It was a real privilege to be able to spend so much time on these sites. This was a tough competition, with not much separating the Top 3 sites especially.|
|Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000||General Excellence||Third Place||Voice of OC||Santa Ana||Voice of OC||This scrappy nonprofit website punches well above its weight. It has done exemplary work covering the pandemic in Orange County, particularly its impact in disadvantaged communities even as elected officials were proclaiming "all is well." The site is well designed and easy to navigate, and the uncluttered content templates load quickly.||Norberto Santana, Jr.||It was a real privilege to be able to spend so much time on these sites. This was a tough competition, with not much separating the Top 3 sites especially.|
|Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000||General Excellence||Fourth Place||Long Beach Post||Long Beach||Long Beach Post||Whoa. There is so much content on this site. Tough-minded accountability reporting; informed commentary; high school and college sports coverage. But as a reader I never felt overwhelmed, and that's a credit to the design of a site that serves its audience with gusto.||Staff of the Long Beach Post|
|Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000||General Excellence||Fifth Place||48hills||San Francisco||48hills.org||The last several years have not been kind for the print version of the alternative press, but 48hills brings that edge and energy to mainstay topics such as development, criminal justice and city government. One real strength of its website is the rich array of arts, culture and food reviews, helped along by compelling headlines like, "4 SF beers you aren't drinking nearly enough of."||Timothy Redmond|