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2020 California Journalism Awards Digital General Excellence Contest Winners – Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000

2020 California Journalism Awards
Digital General Excellence Contest Winners

Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000

 

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 NameAwardOrganizationCityEntry TitleCommentsCreditsCompetition Comments
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000General ExcellenceFirst PlaceThe Sonoma Index-TribuneSonomaSonomanews.comThis 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 WilliamsIt 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: 100,001-400,000General ExcellenceSecond PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis Obisposanluisobispo.comThis 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.staffIt 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: 100,001-400,000General ExcellenceThird PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaVoice of OCThis 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: 100,001-400,000General ExcellenceFourth PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachLong Beach PostWhoa. 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 PostIt 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: 100,001-400,000General ExcellenceFifth Place48hillsSan Francisco48hills.orgThe 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 RedmondIt 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.
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