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2020 California Journalism Awards Print Writing Contest Winners – Dailies: 15,001 – 50,000

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Writing Contest Winners

Dailies: 15,001 – 50,000


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 TitleCommentsCredits
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000WritingFirst PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: A bird oasis burned in Niland. Its owner vows to rebuildVery descriptive language that puts the reader at the scene. Lengthy story that doesn't feel long thanks to its colorful vocabulary and details that keep the interest level high.Mark Olalde
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000WritingSecond PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoGrim news comes home with Stanislaus County's first coronavirus deathThe ending may be abrupt, but it is very powerful.Garth Stapley
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000WritingThird PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Jurors acquit man, help him get his life backStory expertly weaves the past and present to give an interesting narrative that is easy to read.Christopher Damien
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000WritingFourth PlacePress-TelegramLong BeachLove in the time of coronavirus: Long Beach couple weds in a changed worldHayley Munguia
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000WritingFifth PlaceThe Bakersfield CalifornianBakersfieldResident who shared his Superman alter ego diesSteven Mayer