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2020 California Journalism Awards Print Profile Story Contest Winners – Dailies: 15,000 & under

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Profile Story Contest Winners

Dailies: 15,000 & 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
Dailies: 15,000 & underProfile StoryFirst PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoHow SLO protest leader Tianna Arata went from outsider to the middle of historyThis pulled me in right away and kept me engaged with the vivid writing and detail. There is great reporting and organization of this story, weaving together Tianna's life experiences with what led to the charges against her and what her life has been like since that pivotal day.Mackenzie Shuman
Dailies: 15,000 & underProfile StorySecond PlaceSanta Cruz SentinelSanta CruzShock the nationThis story was fascinating. I was intrigued by why this successful person would make such a career change, then found myself pulled into Trent's personal story and how he succeeded in the overhaul of the tiny football program he took over. Well-written and organized with thorough reporting and detail.Jim Seimas
Dailies: 15,000 & underProfile StoryThird PlaceDaily PressVictorvilleFirst responder, boy he saved from drowning reunited in Barstow after nearly 34 yearsThe reporter took time to thoughtfully highlight the lifelong impact that one fateful day had for a first responder and the person they saved. What results is a touching look at the bond formed and a refreshing reminder of how people can change each other's lives. Great detail and strong writing make this a memorable story.Rene Ray De La Cruz
Dailies: 15,000 & underProfile StoryFourth PlaceChico Enterprise-RecordChicoFriends remember VestThis deeply reported piece is a thoughtful exploration of the challenges Stephen faced before he was shot by police.Will Denner
Dailies: 15,000 & underProfile StoryFifth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaWinner, winner? Napan collects/restores 'one-arm bandits'From the fun lede to the well-crafted kicker, this engaging piece offers a nicely written look at a niche hobby and what drives one collector.Jennifer Huffman