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2020 California Journalism Awards Print Coverage of Youth and Education Contest Winners – Weeklies: 4,300 & under

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Coverage of Youth and Education Contest Winners

Weeklies: 4,300 & under


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 TitleCommentsCredits
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Youth and EducationFirst PlaceMount Shasta HeraldMount ShastaTeaching during a pandemic is a challengeThis entry does a good job painting a picture of the challenges that teachers, students and parents are facing in the pandemic. The structure is strong, with the story separated into sections while quotes are interspersed with data and health information. There were a number of sources in the story, which I appreciated, who brought in the personal element. The quality of writing was good, and the selection of material spanned some important issues within the larger topic. The reporting was balanced, as well.Barry Kaye
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Youth and EducationSecond PlaceThe ArkTiburonGirls engineering club educates peersCoverage of the school's engineering club presented an insightful look at attempts to contribute early into the pandemic. The story also provided a framework to look at some health concerns, particularly around the use of personal protective equipment, and educate the public about prevention. A good selection of sources, including girls in the club, helped tell the story, which was well-written and organized. The quotes included were strong ones, as well.Emily Lavin
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Youth and EducationThird PlaceThe Trinity JournalWeavervilleChild Abuse Prevention MonthThis series of stories tackled an important issue at a timely point, exploring a variety of elements from signs of child abuse to ways people can help. This package fits well in to the "news you can use" category. There were strong sources included in the stories that provided practical advice, along with helpful data and definitions. The selection of material was good, but be careful about editorializing, including in the lead.Tony Reed
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Youth and EducationFourth PlaceThe ArkTiburonSchools dropping provider over racist and sexist lessonsGood job reporting on an interesting (and, almost, shocking) issue. You explained the trouble surrounding the curriculum in a clear way, providing good examples and background. The reaction and quotes from the superintendent were strong, and the quality of writing was good. The reporting was balanced in that you included reaction from the district as well as some reaction online. I would have liked to see more outreach to parents, but still a good job.Emily Lavin
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Youth and EducationFifth PlaceThe ArkTiburonTiburon girl debuts voice-acting skills in Pixar's 'Soul'This entry was a fun read, with good quotes from the girl featured, along with her talent scout. The writing is concise, and the details that were included contributed to the readability. Although the pandemic's impact was a part of the story, the article provided a nice break from some of the harder COVID coverage.Hannah Weikel