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2020 California Journalism Awards Print Contest Winners

2020 California Journalism Awards Print Contest Winners

 

The table below displays the 2020 California Journalism Awards Print Contest winners by category.

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First-place and second-place plaques will be shipped directly to the winning publications in a few weeks.

Personalized certificates will also be mailed to winners in each category.

Circ Group(s)Category NameAwardOrganizationCityEntry TitleCommentsCreditsCompetition Comments
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000ColumnsFirst PlacePacific SunSan RafaelNikki SilversteinCompelling writing along with top-notch reporting make this submission the clear winner in the category.Nikki SilversteinNote: I thought only four entries deserved recognition in this category.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000ColumnsSecond PlacePalos Verdes Peninsula NewsRolling Hills EstatesLoneliness never felt so goodWell written and endearing, the columns connect with the audience, giving a real sense of community to the publication.Jean ShriverNote: I thought only four entries deserved recognition in this category.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000ColumnsThird PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseLocal Labor Escaped Reckoning for Earlier Racist Campaigns, Ben FoldsWell written and hard hitting, the columns take a compelling look at local politics, warts and all.Dan PulcranoNote: I thought only four entries deserved recognition in this category.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000ColumnsFourth PlaceThousand Oaks AcornAgoura HillsCoronavirus + BLMConversational tone and interesting topics make these entries worthy of recognition.Eliav AppelbaumNote: I thought only four entries deserved recognition in this category.
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Business NewsFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoRace, business and equity in AmericaCompelling writing, top-notch reporting. The coverage's biggest accomplishment: Putting a human face on the statistics behind systemic racism.L.A. Times StaffDeciding between 1st and 5th place was difficult. Each of the top 5 were exemplary pieces of journalism.
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Business NewsSecond PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: The Gig Worker ReferendumSuperb coverage. Shows real-world impact of the law, while providing voters information about the ballot initiative.Carolyn SaidDeciding between 1st and 5th place was difficult. Each of the top 5 were exemplary pieces of journalism.
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Business NewsThird PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoMexican workers dying from COVID-19Superb job of putting a human face on the cost of a global pandemic.Wendy FryDeciding between 1st and 5th place was difficult. Each of the top 5 were exemplary pieces of journalism.
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Business NewsFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoIndependent Contractors: AB 5 and Prop. 22Superb reporting. Shows real-world consequences of policy. Fascinating details about algorithms and how companies track their employees.Margot Roosevelt, Johana Bhuiyan, Suhauna HussainDeciding between 1st and 5th place was difficult. Each of the top 5 were exemplary pieces of journalism.
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Business NewsFifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoConsumer safety or consumer confusion?Explains complex law and science in an easily digestible way. Weaving in historical context also praiseworthy. Superb writing and reportingGeoffrey MohanDeciding between 1st and 5th place was difficult. Each of the top 5 were exemplary pieces of journalism.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underInformational GraphicFirst PlaceNorth Coast JournalEurekaMeasure RA thoughtful way to represent the information with pictures.Jonathan Webster
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underInformational GraphicSecond PlaceNorth Coast JournalEurekaThe Cost of Childhood TraumaVisually appealing and an interesting way to organize the information.Jonathan Webster
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underInformational GraphicThird PlaceGilroy DispatchGilroyGilroy tops county Covid infection rate statisticsThe graph is attractive and easy to read.Dan Pulcrano
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underInformational GraphicFourth PlaceThe Trinity JournalWeavervilleCOVID-19 regional numbersTracy Reiner
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underInformational GraphicFifth PlaceThe Capistrano DispatchCapistrano BeachSan Juan Capistrano COVID CasesZach Cavanagh, Chelsie Rex
Dailies: 15,000 & underGeneral ExcellenceFirst PlaceSanta Maria TimesSanta MariaSanta Maria Times General ExcellenceLots of locally bylined A1 content and four local sports bylines. Good reader engagement.Santa Maria Times StaffA competitive category with almost exclusively clean designs.
Dailies: 15,000 & underGeneral ExcellenceSecond PlaceChico Enterprise-RecordChicoChico Enterprise-RecordClean design and well-done Opinion page. A1 featured a poignant story by a photographer whose father's store, the only one in Berry Creek, burned down. The photos were top notch.Chico Enterprise-Record StaffA competitive category with almost exclusively clean designs.
Dailies: 15,000 & underGeneral ExcellenceThird PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaNapa Valley RegisterGood use of photos and a beautifully designed Opinion page. 10 Things We've Learned about COVID is a terrific reader service. Would benefit from a better editorial voice and smaller A1 promos, which reduce the size of the front page's real estate.StaffA competitive category with almost exclusively clean designs.
Dailies: 15,000 & underGeneral ExcellenceFourth PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelMarin Independent Journal Feb. 1-2, 2020Contest could use more locally written copy. Design is extremely clean. Spot A Scam feature is a good reader service.Jennifer Upshaw Swartz, Dave Allen, Vicki Larson, Ian RossA competitive category with almost exclusively clean designs.
Dailies: 15,000 & underGeneral ExcellenceFifth PlaceThe UnionGrass ValleyThe UnionThe Union staffA competitive category with almost exclusively clean designs.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPhoto Story/EssayFirst PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaSonoma County WildfiresStaff of The Press Democrat
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPhoto Story/EssaySecond PlaceChico Enterprise-RecordChicoA month up in flamesCarin Dorghalli
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPhoto Story/EssayThird PlaceLos Angeles Daily NewsWoodland HillsA day in the protestsDavid Crane
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPhoto Story/EssayFourth PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: A Deserted DesertJay Calderon, Omar Ornelas
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPhoto Story/EssayFifth PlaceThe Bakersfield CalifornianBakersfieldHomelessness in BakersfieldAlex Horvath
Dailies: 50,001 & overNews PhotoFirst PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoSutter statue removedDaniel Kim
Dailies: 50,001 & overNews PhotoSecond PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: OverdoseNick Otto
Dailies: 50,001 & overNews PhotoThird PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoProtest against stay-at-home ordersDaniel Kim
Dailies: 50,001 & overNews PhotoFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoMourners in MexicoMarcus Yam
Dailies: 50,001 & overNews PhotoFifth PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoTheft at Macy'sDaniel Kim
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFirst PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan Jose Prolonged Testing Delays Undermine Santa Clara County's Efforts to Curb CoronavirusExcellent use of anecdote without judgment. Piece is thorough and well-done throughout.Jennifer Wadsworth
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingSecond PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoThe push to test for COVID-19Sue Dremann, Gennady Sheyner, Kevin Forestieri
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingThird PlaceThe Salinas CalifornianSalinasCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health Reporting:Kate Cimini
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFourth PlaceThousand Oaks AcornAgoura HillsCovering the pandemicBecca Whitnall, Kyle Jorrey, Dawn Megli
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFifth PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseIncomplete Testing Data Blurs Full Picture of Covid-19 OutbreakJennifer Wadsworth
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Editorial CommentFirst PlaceGilroy DispatchGilroyWe're number one-unfortunatelyTerrific commentary. Very well written and well thought out.Dan Pulcrano
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Editorial CommentSecond PlacePleasanton WeeklyPleasantonSteinle case: A complete miscarriage of justiceJeremy Walsh
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Editorial CommentThird PlaceGilroy DispatchGilroyOur Annual Holiday Poem 2020Eric Chalhoub, Dan Pulcrano
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Editorial CommentFourth PlacePleasanton WeeklyPleasantonThe time for the first community debate on policing in Pleasanton is nowJeremy Walsh
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Editorial CommentFifth PlaceThe AlmanacPalo AltoAtherton shows how not to be a good neighborRenee Batti
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Local Coverage of Election 2020First PlaceThe AlmanacPalo AltoStriving for the Senate: Meet the seven candidates who want to represent you in Sacramento; Positions on key issuesConversational and easy to read. I feel like I know a lot about each candidate after reading it.Kate Bradshaw
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Local Coverage of Election 2020Second PlaceMountain View VoicePalo AltoMeasure D: In reshaping rent control, council members ask for community's trustGood instincts and reporting.Kevin Forestieri
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Local Coverage of Election 2020Third PlaceMoorpark AcornCamarilloMail-in voter fraud?Christina Cox
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Local Coverage of Election 2020Fourth PlaceBay Area ReporterSan FranciscoPolitical Notebook: Sacto region bids farewell to gay elected leadersMatthew S. Bajko
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Local Coverage of Election 2020Fifth PlaceBay Area ReporterSan FranciscoPolitical Notebook: South Bay candidate aims to be CA's 1st bisexual legislatorMatthew S. Bajko
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Feature StoryFirst PlaceComstock's MagazineSacramentoLineage of Success: Family businesses are the heart and soul of Little Saigon in south SacramentoA look at how the economic crash brought on by Covid affected the businesses, especially restaurants, of the Little Saigon area in Sacramento. The story included good background and perspective - material I've not seen elsewhere on how many Asian businesses have been particularly hard hit in the last year - and a good profile of the district and how the ethnic groups function within it. Clear, efficient and highly informative. There's an appreciation for the people and businesses here that doesn't become hagiographic.Lien HoangLineage of Success struck me as clearly the strongest here; it had scope, perspective and insight without sacrificing the human element.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Feature StorySecond PlaceThe AlmanacPalo AltoPortola Valley delivers a fond farewellCan't recall seeing another story recently about a UPS delivery guy who seems to have endeared himself to his community after making deliveries in the area ever since 1984. Gets an extra point for finding the usual and special in what would seem to be the ordinary.Julia BrownLineage of Success struck me as clearly the strongest here; it had scope, perspective and insight without sacrificing the human element.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Feature StoryThird PlacePleasanton WeeklyPleasantonOn the road againAbout a family's RV adventures around the country visiting national parks, before and then during the pandemic. At first a family profile, the story picks up interest as the effects of the pandemic kick in and ties to the pandemic-era RV trend. Rises above the basic subject matter.Dolores Fox CiardelliLineage of Success struck me as clearly the strongest here; it had scope, perspective and insight without sacrificing the human element.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Feature StoryFourth PlaceMountain View VoicePalo AltoAmes wind tunnels put NASA's new moonshot to the testEfficient piece of localized science writing, making a complex subject comprehensible.Kevin ForestieriLineage of Success struck me as clearly the strongest here; it had scope, perspective and insight without sacrificing the human element.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Feature StoryFifth PlaceLos Altos Town CrierLos AltosResidents rally in wake of post office hate incidentHow and why a quick incident at a post office counter led to a larger protest in the town of Los Altos against racism.Eric HeLineage of Success struck me as clearly the strongest here; it had scope, perspective and insight without sacrificing the human element.
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPublic Service JournalismFirst PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoContaminated drinking water in the San Joaquin ValleyThis series of articles could almost define public service journalism: Bad drinking water provision and regulation was put under the microscope, starting with granular detail in one small area and sweeping out to cover a large part of California's central valley. It went after how and why things went wrong and offered practical information and online tools to help readers protect themselves and their community's health.Monica Vaughan, Tim Sheehan, Nathalie Vera, John WalkerThis was a tough category for the best of reasons: A lot of really good projects, nearly all of them worthy of strong recognition. My bias ran a little in the direction of immediate service to the reading public, originality of subject and difficulty in getting the project done.
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPublic Service JournalismSecond PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoRETURNED -- Part I: Protecting the most vulnerable Part II: Who gets asylum? Part III: Fear of death Part IV: The system is brokenThe flaws and gaps in the United States system for seeking asylum. An excellent, massive report involving on-ground international research and deep database number-crunching, focused heavily on the human experience of the situation. The danger - from many directions - involved in the reporting makes the result the more remarkable, as amid the proliferation of reporting on the asylum system.Kate Morrissey, Nelvin Cepeda, Lauryn SchroederThis was a tough category for the best of reasons: A lot of really good projects, nearly all of them worthy of strong recognition. My bias ran a little in the direction of immediate service to the reading public, originality of subject and difficulty in getting the project done.
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPublic Service JournalismThird PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Private prisons and immigration detention centersHere's a terrific example of serious, important and results-rich investigative reporting, a massive, intensive project from a paper that isn't among the state's top metros. It carefully and with excellent investigative work tracks a series of backroom deals with one of the nation's largest private prison businesses out of the small city of Adelanto, and largely out of public view (until it blew up into a local controversy). Deeply impressive for its writing, organization, depth and perspective. The series notes that Adelanto likes to call itself "The city with unlimited possibilities"; the series nails how those possibilities aren't all good ones, for that city or for others the paper located.Rebecca PlevinThis was a tough category for the best of reasons: A lot of really good projects, nearly all of them worthy of strong recognition. My bias ran a little in the direction of immediate service to the reading public, originality of subject and difficulty in getting the project done.
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPublic Service JournalismFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoOur Reckoning With RacismA massive undertaking with many lengthy articles and exhibits, including an essay from its owner and a history of the paper through the lens of racism. Through it all what stuck out most (and they gave it some prominence) was a headline from 1981:
"Marauders From Inner City Prey on L.A's Suburbs."€ It's so highly unusual, strongly positive in many ways but tangled in its mission in some others (there's a pervading sense almost of pleading for forgiveness), that it's hard to compare properly with any of the other submissions.
L.A. Times StaffThis was a tough category for the best of reasons: A lot of really good projects, nearly all of them worthy of strong recognition. My bias ran a little in the direction of immediate service to the reading public, originality of subject and difficulty in getting the project done.
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPublic Service JournalismFifth PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoSubstandard of living series: Tribune investigation: What it's like for SLO County renters stuck in bad housingAnother fine and extensive series on the world as it is for lower-income renters: terrible housing, sky-high prices, little information or recourse. There's also useful reader service information. Much of this isn't really new, but the detail and the bluntness of the presentation certainly puts it in the reader's face, where it belongs.Lindsey Holden, Cassandra Garibay, Laura DickinsonThis was a tough category for the best of reasons: A lot of really good projects, nearly all of them worthy of strong recognition. My bias ran a little in the direction of immediate service to the reading public, originality of subject and difficulty in getting the project done.
Dailies: 50,001 & overArtistic PhotoFirst PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseLightning strikesPowerful. The reach of the lighting works well with the shape of the bridge.Karl Mondon
Dailies: 50,001 & overArtistic PhotoSecond PlaceThe Orange County RegisterAnaheimOcean's furyColorful: The shape of the wave looks like a sculpture.Mark Rightmire
Dailies: 50,001 & overArtistic PhotoThird PlaceThe Orange County RegisterAnaheimGlassy waterPeaceful: Like the calmness of the water and the leading lines of the wake.Mark Rightmire
Dailies: 50,001 & overArtistic PhotoFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoKaty PerryNice composition and momentJay L. Clendenin
Dailies: 50,001 & overArtistic PhotoFifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoDon CheadleEngaging pose and good eye contact.Wally Skalij
Dailies: 50,001 & overColumnsFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoLZ GrandersonThese two columns really stood out from the field for several reasons. Both were topical, had strong opinion, were educational and included gripping personal stories. Most important, both moved me... made me feel. Bravo.LZ GrandersonOverall, the entries were very strong. My sports journalism background helped in the judging of news and sports columns, but I wonder if someone who doesn't have that background would recognize the sports entries on an equal basis. Last year was an incredible year for news - the pandemic and BML topped the list - and the entries reflected the dramatic year.
Dailies: 50,001 & overColumnsSecond PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Ann KillionAnn Killion did a great job connecting Colin Kaepernick's protests that caused so much controversy and the death of George Floyd. If Kaepernick's protests had been more widely accepted, would George Floyd be alive today? She makes a very strong case. Her other column was an interesting blend of history and social injustice in the hiring practices of professional sports teams. And she included calls for action.Ann KillionOverall, the entries were very strong. My sports journalism background helped in the judging of news and sports columns, but I wonder if someone who doesn't have that background would recognize the sports entries on an equal basis. Last year was an incredible year for news - the pandemic and BML topped the list - and the entries reflected the dramatic year.
Dailies: 50,001 & overColumnsThird PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan Diego Kobe Gave In To Dark Side of Youth Sports / Bulked-up Bryson Win May Cause PED IssuesMark Zeigler deftly raised the issue of youth sports craziness as it related to the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, placing some blame on Bryant and other parents, without seeming insensitive to the NBA great's tragic death. That's a tough balancing act. His other column took on the growing trend of growth of pro golfers without accusing of wrongdoing. Both were very well done.Mark ZeiglerOverall, the entries were very strong. My sports journalism background helped in the judging of news and sports columns, but I wonder if someone who doesn't have that background would recognize the sports entries on an equal basis. Last year was an incredible year for news - the pandemic and BML topped the list - and the entries reflected the dramatic year.
Dailies: 50,001 & overColumnsFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoErika D. SmithErika D. Smith's column's took on systemic racism in two segments of our society that were constantly in the news last year - crime/policing and health care. Both columns included a depth of reporting to back up her opinion, the hallmark of a good columnist.Erika D. SmithOverall, the entries were very strong. My sports journalism background helped in the judging of news and sports columns, but I wonder if someone who doesn't have that background would recognize the sports entries on an equal basis. Last year was an incredible year for news - the pandemic and BML topped the list - and the entries reflected the dramatic year.
Dailies: 50,001 & overColumnsFifth PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseGov. Newsom's failed COVID leadershipDaniel Borenstein's two columns both had strong opinions about Gov. Gavin Newsom and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. And there was no more important topic in 2020.Daniel BorensteinOverall, the entries were very strong. My sports journalism background helped in the judging of news and sports columns, but I wonder if someone who doesn't have that background would recognize the sports entries on an equal basis. Last year was an incredible year for news - the pandemic and BML topped the list - and the entries reflected the dramatic year.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underIllustrationFirst PlaceSanta Barbara IndependentSanta BarbaraSanta Barbara International Film Festival Honoree Brad PittBen Ciccati
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underIllustrationSecond PlaceSanta Barbara IndependentSanta BarbaraPeace On EarthSaehee Jong
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underIllustrationThird PlaceComstock's MagazineSacramentoThe Big FixCarly Carnejo
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underIllustrationFourth PlaceSanta Barbara IndependentSanta BarbaraThe Queen BeeBen Ciccati
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underIllustrationFifth PlaceSanta Barbara IndependentSanta BarbaraThe Results We KnowWe all know what it's like to hit that refresh button on election night hoping to see updated results. This is an alternative to what is often lame art that accompanies election day stories.Saehee Jong, Caitlin Fitch
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFirst PlaceBohemianHealdsburgSonoma County 2020 protest coverageStrong inside reporting in a situation requiring first-person accounts.Chelsea Kurnick, Will CarruthersLarge number of quality entries from papers almost certainly stretching resources. Thanks for allowing me to see so many different takes on the Floyd death's responses.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesSecond PlaceLamorinda WeeklyMoragaResidents gather for peaceful protests during pandemicCovered a wide territory with multiple components.Large number of quality entries from papers almost certainly stretching resources. Thanks for allowing me to see so many different takes on the Floyd death's responses.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesThird PlaceComstock's MagazineSacramentoFighting for Fairness: Black business owners are trying to survive amid the pandemic and racial and economic injusticeGood job putting a face on the issue.Russell NicholsLarge number of quality entries from papers almost certainly stretching resources. Thanks for allowing me to see so many different takes on the Floyd death's responses.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFourth PlaceSan Francisco Bay ViewThe messy truth: Extortion, bargaining, and how we must oppose the new SFPOA contractIn-depth reporting.Jeremy MillerLarge number of quality entries from papers almost certainly stretching resources. Thanks for allowing me to see so many different takes on the Floyd death's responses.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFifth PlaceThe Malibu TimesMalibuMalibu sports community reacts to murder of George FloydUnflinching look at a privileged white community's response.McKenzie JacksonLarge number of quality entries from papers almost certainly stretching resources. Thanks for allowing me to see so many different takes on the Floyd death's responses.
Dailies: 50,001 & overEditorial CartoonFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl Segundo In the hospital, yet so aloneNathan GrayIntense messages and feelings reflect an intense year.
Dailies: 50,001 & overEditorial CartoonSecond PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoU.S. MailSteve BreenIntense messages and feelings reflect an intense year.
Dailies: 50,001 & overEditorial CartoonThird PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoFauci FirefighterSteve BreenIntense messages and feelings reflect an intense year.
Dailies: 50,001 & overEditorial CartoonFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoTrapped in COVID's destructive pathNathan GrayIntense messages and feelings reflect an intense year.
Dailies: 50,001 & overEditorial CartoonFifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoA scorched-earth approachSteve BrodnerIntense messages and feelings reflect an intense year.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Artistic PhotoFirst PlaceLos Altos Town CrierLos AltosOrange skies cloud Silicon ValleyThis photo illustrates the story topic perfectly.Andrew YeeExcellent submissions.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Artistic PhotoSecond PlaceComstock's MagazineSacramentoOut of the SpotlightThis photo is moving on several levels.Terence DuffyExcellent submissions.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Artistic PhotoThird PlaceBrentwood PressBrentwoodRoadside pianoThis image is creative in a variety of ways.Tony KukulichExcellent submissions.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Artistic PhotoFourth PlaceChino ChampionChinoFlag add Americana to Chino Hills ranchThis photo creates the feel of a painting very well.Marianne NapolesExcellent submissions.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Artistic PhotoFifth PlaceSan Francisco Business TimesSan Francisco2021 Book of Lists coverA captivating image.Todd JohnsonExcellent submissions.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underEditorial CartoonFirst PlaceHalf Moon Bay ReviewHalf Moon BayThankszoomingThis one stood out with very interesting artwork and a topic we could all relate to. The multiple panels worked well.Marc HershonThere were a lot of really good entries in this competition. Many that didn't make the top five were still well done. We had a lot of very topical and visual issues in 2020, it was a good year for cartoonists! Congrats to all!
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underEditorial CartoonSecond PlaceHalf Moon Bay ReviewHalf Moon BayReally?The use of white space actually helped the subjects stand out in another topically-relevant cartoon. Simple humor drove the point home.Marc HershonThere were a lot of really good entries in this competition. Many that didn't make the top five were still well done. We had a lot of very topical and visual issues in 2020, it was a good year for cartoonists! Congrats to all!
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underEditorial CartoonThird PlacePetaluma Argus-CourierPetalumaHistoric DebateClever idea and nice artwork. Well-executed.Pete McDonnellThere were a lot of really good entries in this competition. Many that didn't make the top five were still well done. We had a lot of very topical and visual issues in 2020, it was a good year for cartoonists! Congrats to all!
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underEditorial CartoonFourth PlaceSt. Helena StarSt. HelenaGreta Ericson arrives in heavenVery sweet tribute to the former mayor of St. Helena. Liked the whimsical artwork.Joan MartensThere were a lot of really good entries in this competition. Many that didn't make the top five were still well done. We had a lot of very topical and visual issues in 2020, it was a good year for cartoonists! Congrats to all!
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underEditorial CartoonFifth PlaceSt. Helena StarSt. HelenaNew Year's ResolutionsFun and a quick read with the two panels. Again, something we can all relate to.Joan MartensThere were a lot of really good entries in this competition. Many that didn't make the top five were still well done. We had a lot of very topical and visual issues in 2020, it was a good year for cartoonists! Congrats to all!
Weeklies: 25,001 & overLocal Coverage of Election 2020First PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo Alto10 for CouncilFantastic work, and far and away tops in this category. The writer shows an amazing knowledge of the city, the candidates and the issues--and, wow, interviewing and profiling 10 candidates this well is a lot of work. Truly a public service to the citizens of Palo Alto.Gennady Sheyner
Weeklies: 25,001 & overLocal Coverage of Election 2020Second PlaceSimi Valley AcornAgoura HillsVoter guide info still incompleteWell-done coverage of a huge mess made by county election officials. I'd have loved to have seen a follow-up piece about the effects this had (or didn't have) on the election outcome.Sylvie Belmond, Melissa Simon
Weeklies: 25,001 & overLocal Coverage of Election 2020Third PlaceSimi Valley AcornAgoura HillsCounty clerk decries use of unofficial boxesDetailed, fair and balanced local coverage of what became a big state election issue. Good work.Sylvie Belmond
Weeklies: 25,001 & overLocal Coverage of Election 2020Fourth PlaceSanta Barbara IndependentSanta BarbaraInside the Minds of Young Santa Barbara VotersCompelling design helped make the package work.Tyler Hayden
Weeklies: 25,001 & overLocal Coverage of Election 2020Fifth PlaceThe Salinas CalifornianSalinas Who's behind political mailers targeting progressives, women, Latinos and senior citizens?Good sleuthing work by the reporter to figure out who was behind deceptive mailings.Angelica Cabral
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
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFirst PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Captain CrozierReporters for the San Francisco Chronicle did a magnificent job bringing Capt. Brett Crozier's story to national attention.Matthias Gafni, Joe Garofoli, Tal KopanThe competition in the category of the impact of the COVID virus was terrific. Impactful stories with great graphics, quotes and inspiration were evident. The writing was well done.
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutSecond PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoFaces of the Arts ShutdownThe San Diego Union-Tribune did a good job showcasing the impact the Covid virus has had on the Arts.Pam Kragen, George Varga, Michael James RochaThe competition in the category of the impact of the Covid virus was terrific. Impactful stories with great graphics, quotes and inspiration were evident. The writing was well done.
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutThird PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Equity and the PandemicThe San Francisco Chronicle did a fine job highlighting how the poor bore the brunt of the shutdown.San Francisco Chronicle StaffThe competition in the category of the impact of the Covid virus was terrific. Impactful stories with great graphics, quotes and inspiration were evident. The writing was well done.
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoNewsom reopened California without meeting his own coronavirus testing, tracing benchmarksThe LA Times showed how testing standards were not upheld. Complete story with excellent quotes.Taryn LunaThe competition in the category of the impact of the Covid virus was terrific. Impactful stories with great graphics, quotes and inspiration were evident. The writing was well done.
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFifth PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoHaste and waste: California's rush to buy coronavirus gearThe Sacramento Bee showed how purchase efforts by the state for COVID virus supplies was rushed and in peril.Sophia Bollag, Hannah Wiley, Ryan Sabalow, Wes VenteicherThe competition in the category of the impact of the Covid virus was terrific. Impactful stories with great graphics, quotes and inspiration were evident. The writing was well done.
Dailies: 50,001 & overBreaking NewsFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoKobe Bryant, daughter among 9 dead in helicopter crash in CalabasasThe death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and others was a world-wide story and the LA Times did a marvelous job reporting on it. From a time-line, to special graphic treatment, photos and excellent writing, the coverage was compelling.L.A. Times StaffThe competition in the Breaking News category was excellent. Good work showed through the whole category of entries. Good writing, coupled with an array of graphics and photography was evident throughout.
Dailies: 50,001 & overBreaking NewsSecond PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: 2020 WildfiresAs fires raged in California the staff of the San Francisco Chronicle did an excellent job of keeping their readers informed.San Francisco Chronicle StaffThe competition in the Breaking News category was excellent. Good work showed through the whole category of entries. Good writing, coupled with an array of graphics and photography was evident throughout.
Dailies: 50,001 & overBreaking NewsThird PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseThe Bay Area shuts downThe Mercury News/East Bay Times did a fine job covering the closing down of counties because of the Covid virus.Bay Area News GroupThe competition in the Breaking News category was excellent. Good work showed through the whole category of entries. Good writing, coupled with an array of graphics and photography was evident throughout.
Dailies: 50,001 & overBreaking NewsFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoCoverage of the shooting of Jacob Blake and Kenosha protestsJaweed Kaleem of the LA Times did a good job reporting on the shooting death of Jacob Blake and the Kenosha protests.Jaweed KaleemThe competition in the Breaking News category was excellent. Good work showed through the whole category of entries. Good writing, coupled with an array of graphics and photography was evident throughout.
Dailies: 50,001 & overBreaking NewsFifth PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan Diego17 sailors, 4 others hurt in fire aboard naval shipAndrew Dyer of San Diego Union-Tribune did well in reporting on the ship fire that killed 17 and injured several others.Andrew DyerThe competition in the Breaking News category was excellent. Good work showed through the whole category of entries. Good writing, coupled with an array of graphics and photography was evident throughout.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000WritingFirst PlaceAuburn JournalAuburnWhy is no one talking about this?Powerful piece hard to hear, hard to write; included just enough detail, quotes, and resources for readers. Great piece of work!Bill PoindexterDifficult to judge, so many great stories.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000WritingSecond PlaceSierra SunTruckeeI feel like there's an angel looking over me'Great use of the quote as the header. Imagine this mother's pain? What a loss she's experiencing, and the feeling of the community wanting to help, amid the pandemic. Nice work!Justin ScaccoDifficult to judge, so many great stories.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000WritingThird PlaceThe Business JournalFresnoSoutheast Asian farmers face total loss in Covid falloutTough story on surviving during a pandemic. Well done.Donald PromnitzDifficult to judge, so many great stories.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000WritingFourth PlaceNorth Bay Business JournalSanta RosaEarly entrepreneurial drive propels her from Soviet citizen to global software CEOWhat humble beginnings for Anon. Story shows she, well anyone, can do anything. Nice work.Jeff QuackenbushDifficult to judge, so many great stories.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000WritingFifth PlaceDel Mar TimesSolana BeachNew book sheds light on white-collar drug abuseShows that despite having a great career and money, anyone can still fall to drug abuse. Good intro to the book.Joe TashDifficult to judge, so many great stories.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Enterprise News Story or SeriesFirst PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoA tragic end to a tragic life: Sex trafficking victim dies after defendant sentencedGut wrenchingly excellent. This story chronicles a young Native American's sexual and physical abuse, trafficking and her tragic death by overdose. The writing was descriptive: She and her brothers were beaten; they had matches thrown at them for sport; Ayashaâ's leg was cut with a broken beer bottle when she tried to stop one of her brothers from being beaten; they watched their mother knock one boyfriend unconscious with a stereo to the head.
"It got to the point where I locked the kids, as well as myself, in my room and I pushed my dresser in front of it, so no one could get in to hurt us," she wrote.
Erin TracyAn incredibly competitive category with a wide array of excellence. You could number these entries, put the numbers in a hat and then just draw, and you still wouldn't be wrong in terms of placement.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Enterprise News Story or SeriesSecond PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaPress Democrat coverage of rebuilding from wildfires (Jan. 26, June 28, Sept. 27 and Dec. 27, 2020)This entry easily could have won first place. It was an exhaustive examination of several families surviving and rebuilding from devastating wildfires. The newspaper should be commended for devoting this kind of resources to this project.Press Democrat staffAn incredibly competitive category with a wide array of excellence. You could number these entries, put the numbers in a hat and then just draw, and you still wouldn't be wrong in terms of placement.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Enterprise News Story or SeriesThird PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresno'Roach highway,' says one tenant. Is this Central Valley's worst apartment complex?It's one thing to document an apartment complex with no hot water, leaks and roaches, but to get a former property manager on the record about why she quit is gumshoe reporting at its best: "I couldn't do it anymore."€ Mead said. €œ"I didn't have answers for the tenants when they asked me why they were living like that."€
Mead said she was ordered by the owner to participate in activities that made her uncomfortable, including serving eviction notices for no valid reason; building profit by minimizing spending on property maintenance, and listening to unending complaints from residents about their living conditions and rent raises, for which she had no solution.
Dayana JiselleAn incredibly competitive category with a wide array of excellence. You could number these entries, put the numbers in a hat and then just draw, and you still wouldn't be wrong in terms of placement.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Enterprise News Story or SeriesFourth PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Analysis of Project RoomkeyThis entry could have scored higher if Part 2 were not based on a spot news event -- the governor's announcement of extending this housing program. On the other hand, Part 1 was so poignant that it most likely forced the governor's hand.Nicole HaydenAn incredibly competitive category with a wide array of excellence. You could number these entries, put the numbers in a hat and then just draw, and you still wouldn't be wrong in terms of placement.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Enterprise News Story or SeriesFifth PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoHow food insecurity is impacting Stanislaus County, and what agencies are doing to help fix itThis hunger project was richly reported and well crafted: "On a recent day, two pre-schoolers waited for the truck on the stoop of their apartment in a one-story complex near the truck's parking spot. As soon as they saw the truck, they went bounding to it, with the same visible excitement as a child going for frozen treats. This time it was for a lunch of pasta salad with chicken and a cookie."ChrisAnna MinkAn incredibly competitive category with a wide array of excellence. You could number these entries, put the numbers in a hat and then just draw, and you still wouldn't be wrong in terms of placement.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFirst PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoHangtree and Spook lanes in Madera County may be renamed. But not everyone agreesVery well done. Could have taken sides and never did.Carmen George
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesSecond PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoSystemic racism isn't just about police brutality - and it has a long history in FresnoExposed obvious but hidden to many neglect.Manuela Tobias
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesThird PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice: The Press Democrat on June 7, 14 and 21, 2020Press Democrat staff
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFourth PlaceLos Angeles Daily NewsWoodland HillsSign-language interpreters volunteer at protests: 'This revolution has to be accessible'Jonah Valdez
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFifth PlaceThe Bakersfield CalifornianBakersfieldSouth High reconsiders its mascot, rife with images of the ConfederacyEma Sasic, Robert Price
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFirst PlaceRecord SearchlightReddingCOVID-19 and Managing RisksAlayna Shulman
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingSecond PlaceVisalia Times-DeltaVisaliaCoverage of COVID-19 at Visalia nursing home Redwood SpringsJoshua Yeager, James Ward
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingThird PlacePasadena Star-NewsPasadenaInside the 'anarchy' of Pasadena's evacuated nursing homeBradley Bermont
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFourth PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoWe are 'rationing health care' - SLO County doctors face COVID-19 with limited suppliesMonica Vaughan, Nick Wilson
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFifth PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis Obispo'It's a lot of chaos.' SLO nurses are on front lines of coronavirus pandemic in New YorkCassandra Garibay
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underPhoto Story/EssayFirst PlaceMoorpark AcornCamarilloScreen starsRichard GillardThe proverbial tough competition comes to mind. What success under the challenges of COVID-19 distancing.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underPhoto Story/EssaySecond PlaceSilicon Valley Business JournalSan JoseStreet ScenesTomas OvalleThe proverbial tough competition comes to mind. What success under the challenges of COVID-19 distancing.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underPhoto Story/EssayThird PlaceAlianza Metropolitan NewsLos Rostros del DesalojoManuel OrtizThe proverbial tough competition comes to mind. What success under the challenges of COVID-19 distancing.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underPhoto Story/EssayFourth PlaceShasta Lake BulletinShasta LakeCentral Valley High School's Drive-In Graduation CeremonyRon HarringtonThe proverbial tough competition comes to mind. What success under the challenges of COVID-19 distancing.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underPhoto Story/EssayFifth PlaceSanta Barbara IndependentSanta BarbaraThe Foodbank of S.B. CountyDaniel DreifussThe proverbial tough competition comes to mind. What success under the challenges of COVID-19 distancing.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesFirst PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoWhen will I see you again?A lot of work went into this, a lot of sources, well written, great job!Sue DremannJust a great category really. So hard to pick just five, let alone put them in order. All well done.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesSecond PlaceCamarillo AcornCamarilloIt weighs on our heartsThis was a sentimental favorite. Just a great story from a perspective you don't hear about. Well done.Christina CoxJust a great category really. So hard to pick just five, let alone put them in order. All well done.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesThird PlaceMoorpark AcornCamarillo'They're calling him a miracle'Liked the opening. Good story about a survivor.Brooke StanleyJust a great category really. So hard to pick just five, let alone put them in order. All well done.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesFourth PlaceGilroy DispatchGilroyDaughter of COVID-19 victim urges public to take virus seriously.Painted a picture of the victim very well. Felt like i knew the guy.Erik ChalhoubJust a great category really. So hard to pick just five, let alone put them in order. All well done.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesFifth PlaceSan Quentin NewsSan QuentinEddie Mixon's Struggle To Survive His RisksHad to give a nod to this story. Lot of research went into it.Juan Moreno HainesJust a great category really. So hard to pick just five, let alone put them in order. All well done.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire PhotoFirst PlaceThe Salinas CalifornianSalinasSalinas wildfireDynamic photo with great contrast between the firefighter and blaze burning behind him. The shot is well-framed, with good details including the gnome, vegetation and horizon. The photo captures a moment that tells of destruction, loss and the power of forces in nature. Well done.David Rodriguez
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire PhotoSecond PlaceSilicon Valley Business JournalSan JoseBig BasinThis photo has multiple items of interest including the burned foundation, leaving a compelling frame for the image. The posture and expression of the man also tell a story about the aftermath of a blaze and its destruction. Great job capturing the moment.Tomas Ovalle
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire PhotoThird PlaceChino ChampionChinoBrush fire burns 28 acres south of CIWThis capture has interesting contrast with the powerful blaze monitored by firefighters standing nearby. The street signs in the foreground help establish location and add an element of interest. The contrast in this photo also is notable, showing both light and dark. Good job.Josh Thompson
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire PhotoFourth PlaceSilicon Valley Business JournalSan JoseMcHenry WineryThe aftermath of a wildfire is captured in this image, with rubble left in its wake. The man shown brings the human element into the picture, and even his mask tells of a moment in time and more loss during a pandemic. A sense of hopelessness is conveyed, which is powerful.Tomas Ovalle
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire PhotoFifth PlaceThe Trinity JournalWeavervilleComing back after a hard day's workI appreciate the colors and contrast in this photo, a moment of beauty created by conditions that also have the power to destroy. The photo tells of the support necessary to fight wildfires, and a landscape that could be ravaged if those resources are not successful. Nice job.Tony Reed
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
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoFirst PlaceThe Press-EnterpriseRiversideConfrontationStrong visual impact, with excellent framing and technical quality. Tells a story through the emotions on subjects faces and puts the reader in the midst of the moment.Cindy Yamanaka
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoSecond PlaceDaily PilotFountain ValleyA Fist for Racial JusticeExcellent visual impact, framing and technical quality. Captures the emotion of the protestors, even with masks on, and has great scene-setting of the broader protest underway.Don Leach
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoThird PlaceLos Angeles Daily NewsWoodland HillsRun for coverStrong visual impact, framing and technical quality capturing a chaotic moment and the raw emotions it sparked.David Crane
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoFourth PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaStandoffPowerful image that makes the viewer want to know what happened next.Kent Porter
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoFifth PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoFresno celebrates Black Lives Matter Day with street painting, chalk artNice, sharp overhead image capturing the scale of the communitywide effort, with framing giving it a sense of place.Craig Kohlruss
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesFirst PlaceThe Sonoma Index-TribuneSonomaGlen Ellen Man Fights for His LifeLorna Sheridan
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesSecond PlaceNorth Bay Business JournalSanta RosaNapa CEO leads family nut business with finesse and legal chopsCheryl Sarfaty
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesThird PlaceThe ArkTiburonTiburon couple under quarantine.Hannah Weikel
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesFourth PlaceElk Grove CitizenElk GroveKeeping a Passion for LearningMonica Stark
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesFifth PlaceNorth Bay Business JournalSanta RosaSmall wineries face big task of reopeningJeff Quackenbush
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
Weeklies: 25,001 & overProfile StoryFirst PlaceThe Salinas CalifornianSalinasMayor Joe Gunter: A straightforward man who believed in action, and in SalinasThis is a touching tribute. I liked that it included praise from an adversary. It was very thorough reporting and well-written.Joe SzydlowskiThe selected top five stories were well-thought-out.
Weeklies: 25,001 & overProfile StorySecond PlaceThe AcornAgoura HillsKeys to the kingdomThis story would appeal to even non-sports readers. It was very interesting. I liked the connection between the brothers.Eliav Appelbaum, David LopezThe selected top five stories were well-thought-out.
Weeklies: 25,001 & overProfile StoryThird PlaceGood TimesSanta Cruz"Music Without Borders"I felt like I know Keith Greeniger after reading his profile. It showed very thorough reporting and was well-written with nice photos.Steve PalopoliThe selected top five stories were well-thought-out.
Weeklies: 25,001 & overProfile StoryFourth PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoPeninsula singing group offers 'golden guarantee'This story had an original take that made it very interesting. I liked the emphasis on the COVID-19 pandemic.Karla KaneThe selected top five stories were well-thought-out.
Weeklies: 25,001 & overProfile StoryFifth PlaceCamarillo AcornCamarilloCamarillo boy is Santa's little helperBrooke StanleyThe selected top five stories were well-thought-out.
Dailies: 15,000 & underLand-Use ReportingFirst PlaceDaily PressVictorvilleAs Joshua trees are considered for threatened status, some warn cost of designation would be too highStrong lede and a measured balance between environmental concerns and real-world impacts on future development. Also establishes the way the political winds are blowing.Martin Estacio
Dailies: 15,000 & underLand-Use ReportingSecond PlaceSanta Monica Daily PressSanta MonicaTenants face mold, flooding, broken locks, and break-ins in rent-controlled unitVivid descriptions of poor living conditions, painting a clear picture of desperate tenants and a complacent landlord.
Dailies: 15,000 & underLand-Use ReportingThird PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelMarin land trust eyed over financial, ethical movesStory provides a clear explanation of failed oversight and accountability involving taxpayer money. It also holds the correct people to account, and explores whether this is a recurring problem.Richard Halstead
Dailies: 15,000 & underLand-Use ReportingFourth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaMeasure J: Protecting Napa agriculture for the past 30 yearsStrong historical perspective on an old law that significantly affects the housing crisis of today.Barry Eberling
Dailies: 15,000 & underLand-Use ReportingFifth PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelMarin historians aim to document every local dairy everA fun feature story on a niche topic. Story structure has some problems, and there is an overrliance on wordy quotes.Richard Halstead
Dailies: 50,001 & overWildfire PhotoFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoReadying to Fight the Bobcat FireThis captured the vast size of the fight with beautiful light and composition.Robert Gauthier
Dailies: 50,001 & overWildfire PhotoSecond PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoAll is lostThis was the best representation of the emotional loss from the fires in this category.Paul Kitagaki Jr.
Dailies: 50,001 & overWildfire PhotoThird PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Orange SkyEveryone in California looked at the sky that season, this was a beautiful composition and eerie light.Jessica Christian
Dailies: 50,001 & overWildfire PhotoFourth PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoChateau aflameSomething that looked invincible is shown to be vulnerable in this era of large firestorms.Daniel Kim
Dailies: 50,001 & overWildfire PhotoFifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoSpooked by the fireBeautiful light and composition conveying danger nearby.Irfan Khan
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underInside Page Layout & DesignFirst PlaceComstock's MagazineSacramentoFollow Her Lead: As the country celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we profile 19 leaders in the Capital RegionNice use of suffragist colors of white, purple and gold. Simple, clean lines throughout, with type vertically spaced to allow for easier reading. Compelling, well-composed photos, even though they were studio shots. Impressed that you could bring that many busy women together into the studio.Carly Carnejo, Rachel ValleyIt was hard to narrow the field and choose the finalists from so much impressive work.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underInside Page Layout & DesignSecond PlaceSanta Barbara IndependentSanta BarbaraChannel Islands Shipwrecks Tell Stories of Heroism, Heartbreak, and High-Seas ScalawaggeryNice job. It is obvious that a lot of time and thought went into the project. Short, compelling stories of the shipwrecks. Although it covered 11 shipwrecks, the display did not appear cluttered. Nice, clean layout. Fun use of older map flourishes. Using locator map is a good idea.Caitlin Fitch, Ricky BarajasIt was hard to narrow the field and choose the finalists from so much impressive work.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underInside Page Layout & DesignThird PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoPalo Alto Weekly Inside Pages #1I like the way blue is used to tie the cover page together, and the fun use of the roots. Nice clean lines. On the second page, the reverse type in italics is hard to read. But I did like how the roots theme was continued. Nice use of a blue screen on second page to carry the design theme from the cover, along with the hanging rootDouglas YoungIt was hard to narrow the field and choose the finalists from so much impressive work.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underInside Page Layout & DesignFourth PlaceSanta Barbara IndependentSanta BarbaraBridging the Invisible Divide / Reduciendo la Brecha InvisibleI liked the use of color to differentiate the English and Spanish versions.Caitlin Fitch, Ricky BarajasIt was hard to narrow the field and choose the finalists from so much impressive work.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underInside Page Layout & DesignFifth PlaceSan Clemente TimesSan ClementeLet's Visit the Nixon Library that Got Away from San ClementeIn the San Clemente story, it is a fun touch to insert writer in story. Normally I am not a fan of the technique, but for a lighter-tone column, it works. There are lots of photos, but they don't appear cluttered and it works.

I like the bulletin board effect for Father's Day double spread. Nice organization of "The List."
Fred Swegles, Chelsie RexIt was hard to narrow the field and choose the finalists from so much impressive work.
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Profile StoryFirst PlaceThe Sonoma Index-TribuneSonoma"80-year-old Sourdough Starter is 'Better Than Sex'"Fun, colorful language lets this story bob along, starting with a tongue in cheek headline that likely raised a few hackles among stuffier readers, but which immediately draws the reader in. The whole story works this way, with a lively lead, a fun pull-out quote and more. A great profile that was a real pleasure to read.Anne Ward ErnstSome exceptional stories in this competition, including small weeklies punching way above their weight in their use of graphic design and layout and extremely strong writing. Your communities are well-served by these papers.
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Profile StorySecond PlaceSierra SunTruckee'We ski, we shoot, we raise kids'Fantastic headline and feature lead. I want to hang out with these women.Justin ScaccoSome exceptional stories in this competition, including small weeklies punching way above their weight in their use of graphic design and layout and extremely strong writing. Your communities are well-served by these papers.
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Profile StoryThird PlacePetaluma Argus-CourierPetalumaFire tech for the 21st centuryWhat could have been a standard business story is elevated by the looming threat of wildfire, Bailey's personal story woven through the business stuff and exceptionally good submitted photos.Kathryn PalmerSome exceptional stories in this competition, including small weeklies punching way above their weight in their use of graphic design and layout and extremely strong writing. Your communities are well-served by these papers.
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Profile StoryFourth PlaceTurlock JournalTurlockFormer Hilmar standout awarded community service scholarshipA great story full of vigorous language and telling details, like the 585-pound squat. Excellent explainer on the issues wheelchair users face without getting maudlin. TFrankie TovarSome exceptional stories in this competition, including small weeklies punching way above their weight in their use of graphic design and layout and extremely strong writing. Your communities are well-served by these papers.
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Profile StoryFifth PlaceKenwood PressKenwoodProtecting Our OceansA complex story and issue well told through clear, lean writing, a well-structured piece and good use of illustrations.Sarah PhelpsSome exceptional stories in this competition, including small weeklies punching way above their weight in their use of graphic design and layout and extremely strong writing. Your communities are well-served by these papers.
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Editorial CommentFirst PlaceThe Sonoma Index-TribuneSonomaOn Facts, Legends and a National ReckoningWhat a thought-provoking read here, and I see it was published early last year, good timing.Jason Walsh
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Editorial CommentSecond PlaceKenwood PressKenwoodPublishers Corner "Imperfect v. Impossible"Alec Peters, Ann Peters
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Editorial CommentThird PlaceKenwood PressKenwoodPublishers Corner "Wear Your Mask"Ann Peters
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Editorial CommentFourth PlaceAlianza Metropolitan NewsNo debemos dejar vencernos y salgamos a votarRossana Drumond
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Editorial CommentFifth PlaceSierra SunTruckeeThe government in knotsThe Union Editorial Board
Weeklies: 25,001 & overNews PhotoFirst PlaceThousand Oaks AcornAgoura HillsA family's griefEmotional moment that makes a strong picture.Richard Gillard
Weeklies: 25,001 & overNews PhotoSecond PlaceBrentwood PressBrentwoodBLM MarchNice clean view of these subjects in a somewhat chaotic situation. Nice moment.Tony Kukulich
Weeklies: 25,001 & overNews PhotoThird PlaceSimi Valley AcornAgoura HillsMask This!You can feel the tension in this photo. Nice moment with a clean view of the subjects. Well composed.Richard Gillard
Weeklies: 25,001 & overNews PhotoFourth PlaceSanta Barbara IndependentSanta BarbaraMacy JacksonNice emotion in this photo. Edged out by photos with a stronger moment.Daniel Dreifuss
Weeklies: 25,001 & overNews PhotoFifth PlaceSanta Barbara IndependentSanta BarbaraBlack Lives MatterNice interaction and composition.Daniel Dreifuss
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Feature PhotoFirst PlaceThe AlmanacPalo AltoMarco makes his markNice composition and framing with the door. Interesting subject matter with great moment of interaction.Magali Gauthier
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Feature PhotoSecond PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoAfter 40 years, a warrior for animals rides off into the sunsetThe touching moment helps rise this photo above others.Magali Gauthier
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Feature PhotoThird PlaceThousand Oaks AcornAgoura HillsHELP!Killer frame and not something you see everyday.Michael Coons
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Feature PhotoFourth PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoSpreading MagicNice technical photo using the high FStop, did make the dust in the camera a little distracting.Magali Gauthier
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Feature PhotoFifth PlaceThe Salinas CalifornianSalinasSalinas COVID coupleNice moment between these two.David Rodriguez
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underColumnsFirst PlaceThe Sonoma Index-TribuneSonoma"Coins in a Fountain" and "Gimme Shelter, Indeed"Jason uses his own personal experiences, including conversations with his daughter Evie, to help keep the harsh realities of the pandemic in perspective. His writing is clear and clever.Jason Walsh
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underColumnsSecond PlaceThe CambrianSan Luis ObispoHusband's death results in lessons about loss, love during COVID pandemic AND Confessions of a 'poinsettia killer': Why is it so hard to keep holiday plants alive?Kathe's two entries strike the range of emotions that surely make her a favorite with readers. In the first column she shares the heartbreaking loss of her husband to COVID. In the second, she elicits smiles with her confession as the "poinsettia killer." Her columns make the reader feel like she is a member of the family.Kathe Tanner
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underColumnsThird PlacePetaluma Argus-CourierPetalumaOliver's WorldOliver takes the boring realities of politics -- the filibuster and debates -- and turns them upside down. His unique perspective is refreshing.Oliver Graves
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underColumnsFourth PlaceSilicon Valley Business JournalSan JoseFrom the Editor: J. Jennings MossThese columns address issues of particular relevance to readers in the Silicon Valley. The point of view is focused and the writing is clear.J. Jennings Moss
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underColumnsFifth PlaceOjai Valley NewsOjaiExtra Point - Sports CommentaryAustin's sports columns tackle the serious issue of racism and he does so with a clear voice and perspective.Austin Widger, Laura Rearwin Ward, Marianne Ratcliff
Dailies: 15,000 & underEditorial CartoonFirst PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelHistory of racism in Marin not far below surfaceDark but extremely effective. Powerful art with strong lines; overall style underlines the irony.George Russell
Dailies: 15,000 & underEditorial CartoonSecond PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelMarin County a shield for renters at risk during virus shutdownSimple concept neatly captures both the problem itself and the sense that it is rapidly getting worse and requires emergency action. Drawings of the figures capture real empathy.George Russell
Dailies: 15,000 & underEditorial CartoonThird PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaRoberto's Napa Social DistanceAn original take on this situation, which is hard to find. Also made me laugh out loud.Roberto Tinoco
Dailies: 15,000 & underEditorial CartoonFourth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaRoberto's Napa Smoke TaintRoberto Tinoco
Dailies: 15,000 & underEditorial CartoonFifth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaRobertos Napa HalloweenRoberto Tinoco
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Business NewsFirst PlaceThe ArkTiburonTiburon Playhouse becomes 'casualty of pandemic'Deirdre displays a deep knowledge of the community, going beyond just the most recent news developments to provide the background and history that fully fleshes out the story.Deirdre McCrohan
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Business NewsSecond PlaceThe ArkTiburonThe anchor of TiburonA great read on a local landmark celebrating its 100th anniversary. The history is fascinating.Deirdre McCrohan
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Business NewsThird PlaceThe ArkTiburonMain Street eatingDeirdre McCrohan earned the top three spots in this category because of her deep reporting that goes beyond the news of the day.Deirdre McCrohan
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Business NewsFourth PlaceThe Weekly CalistoganCalistogaResidents, businesses make do with PG&E, private generatorsCynthia provides a solid follow-up story to businesses struggling to maintain operations in the aftermath of the Glass Fire.Cynthia Sweeney
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Business NewsFifth PlaceShasta Lake BulletinShasta LakeHigh Times Magazine Purchases Local Cannabis BusinessesThis entry is a solid example of a daily business story.Aaron Williams, Ron Harrington
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underAgricultural ReportingFirst PlaceComstock's MagazineSacramentoPromise for New Proteins: Advancements in the alternative-protein space ignite in the Sacramento areaGreat sourcing, so much detail, good writing throughout. An easy and very informative read.Jennifer JunghansSpeaking as an old farm boy myself, I was impressed by the top several entries. Each of the five I selected speak the language of the people they're writing about. In this case, that's not a common skill. A tremendous amount of information in each; not one time did I wince and think "That's not the way a rancher or farmer would have said this." Well done.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underAgricultural ReportingSecond PlaceThe Salinas CalifornianSalinasAg and COVID-19The writer obviously knows agriculture and her community. This is what great ag reporting looks like.Kate CiminiSpeaking as an old farm boy myself, I was impressed by the top several entries. Each of the five I selected speak the language of the people they're writing about. In this case, that's not a common skill. A tremendous amount of information in each; not one time did I wince and think "That's not the way a rancher or farmer would have said this." Well done.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underAgricultural ReportingThird PlaceCalaveras EnterpriseSan AndreasNew permit rules protect mountain lions, but tie hands of western Sierra ranchersGood in-depth reporting of a topic not widely understood; lots of detail, makes it easy to understand.Davis HarperSpeaking as an old farm boy myself, I was impressed by the top several entries. Each of the five I selected speak the language of the people they're writing about. In this case, that's not a common skill. A tremendous amount of information in each; not one time did I wince and think "That's not the way a rancher or farmer would have said this." Well done.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underAgricultural ReportingFourth PlaceThe Business JournalFresnoSix months into pandemic, ag industry resilient amid seismic shiftsThere is a LOT of information here from all across the great farming plain. Organized pretty well and writing ties it together.Edward SmithSpeaking as an old farm boy myself, I was impressed by the top several entries. Each of the five I selected speak the language of the people they're writing about. In this case, that's not a common skill. A tremendous amount of information in each; not one time did I wince and think "That's not the way a rancher or farmer would have said this." Well done.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underAgricultural ReportingFifth PlacePetaluma Argus-CourierPetalumaWindrush FarmGood detail, writer obviously has good knowledge of sheep and wool.Kathryn PalmerSpeaking as an old farm boy myself, I was impressed by the top several entries. Each of the five I selected speak the language of the people they're writing about. In this case, that's not a common skill. A tremendous amount of information in each; not one time did I wince and think "That's not the way a rancher or farmer would have said this." Well done.
Dailies: 15,000 & underWildfire Feature CoverageFirst PlaceSanta Cruz SentinelSanta CruzBig Basin Water Co. struggles to recover from fireA poignant narrative of the lengths some Californians must go to in the aftermath of a wildfire once they're suddenly deprived of clean drinking water.Hannah Hagemann
Dailies: 15,000 & underWildfire Feature CoverageSecond PlaceChico Enterprise-RecordChicoMemories of Camp OkizuSharon Martin
Dailies: 15,000 & underWildfire Feature CoverageThird PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoHow the Dolan Fire turned scenic route to Big Sur into a smoldering, ghost highwayKaytlyn Leslie
Dailies: 15,000 & underWildfire Feature CoverageFourth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaFor Napa County residents rendered homeless by wildfire, the disaster is far from overSarah Klearman
Dailies: 15,000 & underWildfire Feature CoverageFifth PlaceRecord SearchlightRedding'The face of the devil': Southern Oregon fire victims return home to find devastationDamon Arthur
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFirst PlaceSan Quentin NewsSan QuentinAt San Quentin, Overcrowding Laid The Groundwork For An Explosive COVID-19 OutbreakExcellent work in exposing how the SQ prison's conditions and mismanagement ultimately enabled a large COVID outbreak. Solid work.Juan Moreno Haines, Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutSecond PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoCOVID-19's impact on businessesOverall, an outstanding roundup of stories that thoroughly covered how the pandemic impacted your area. I learned a lot about your community, and it was fascinating to see how it adapted to the stay-at-home order and the pandemic.Palo Alto Weekly staff
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutThird PlaceThousand Oaks AcornAgoura HillsChurch Battles County Over COVID RestrictionsThis was definitely a page-turner that made me anxious to read more about Pastor McCoy. I liked how his tone and rhetoric gradually changed in the stories when he gained more and more notoriety. The final story was a bit of a cliffhanger, but the pastor ultimately got his way this year thanks to the US Supreme Court.Becca Whitnall, Kyle Jorrey, Dawn Megli
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFourth PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoShutdownA tip of the hat to your staff for producing this excellent issue within a short amount of time. Highly informative and helpful for community members. A fine example of community news.Palo Alto Weekly staff
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFifth PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseDecades of Community-Building at Stake as SJ's Cultural Districts Fight to SurviveOverall, solid work in presenting the COVID pandemic's impacts on San Jose's ethnic neighborhoods. A lot of people don't know their rich history and just assume that SJ is a bedroom community for tech workers.Jennifer Wadsworth
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Sports Feature StoryFirst PlaceMoorpark AcornCamarilloBig wave riders tame the seaReally enjoyed the photos and the layout of the paper. For the story, I thought it was original and detailed.Eliav Appelbaum
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Sports Feature StorySecond PlaceThe Capistrano DispatchCapistrano BeachFighting the Fire: Battling Rare Neuropathy, San Juan Hills' Efstathiou Coaches with New PerspectiveI haven't read many articles like this. I also really liked the main photo selection, because of the connection with the story.Zach Cavanagh
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Sports Feature StoryThird PlaceMoorpark AcornCamarilloNevoso's blue heavenThe lede for this story was strong, and the ending was also well written.Eliav Appelbaum
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Sports Feature StoryFourth PlaceThe Malibu TimesMalibuLights-Out MHS Pitcher-Catcher Relationship Cut ShortI enjoyed this article, it was a little quote heavy toward the end.McKenzie Jackson
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Sports Feature StoryFifth PlaceChino ChampionChinoDon Lugo grad Taurasi speaks at Kobe, Gianna Bryant memorialPhotos were great, and again, strongly written.Josh Thompson
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of Youth and EducationFirst PlaceNorth Coast JournalEurekaReaching for ResilienceGreat writing/reporting. This is how you take facts and figures and weave them into a story.Iridian CasarezA couple of excellent entries and several "good" ones. A very good mix of of education-related stories that (like the pandemic era itself) stretches far beyond the classroom.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of Youth and EducationSecond PlaceComstock's MagazineSacramentoVirtual Variations: With the coronavirus pandemic forcing most college classes online, recent high school graduates are finding their choices have changedVery thorough, well-written, lots of viewpoints. Good stuff throughout. Doesn't read like a 'long' story.Laurie Lauletta-BoshartA couple of excellent entries and several "good" ones. A very good mix of of education-related stories that (like the pandemic era itself) stretches far beyond the classroom.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of Youth and EducationThird PlaceLos Altos Town CrierLos AltosMVLA sees failing grades spike in distance learningComprehensive, good writing. Writer obviously knows local education arena.Zoe MorganA couple of excellent entries and several "good" ones. A very good mix of of education-related stories that (like the pandemic era itself) stretches far beyond the classroom.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of Youth and EducationFourth PlaceCoachella Valley IndependentCathedral City'A Civil Rights Issue': Thousands of Local Students Lack Proper Internet Access-Which Makes Distance Learning All but ImpossibleThorough from standpoint of broadband and how places get it and the importance to schools; would have liked to have seen more from the people it actually impacts.Kevin FitzgeraldA couple of excellent entries and several "good" ones. A very good mix of of education-related stories that (like the pandemic era itself) stretches far beyond the classroom.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of Youth and EducationFifth PlaceMountain View VoicePalo AltoMountain View High loses three students to deportationPretty good look at a topic that doesn't get reported on very often. What happens, how it happens, the impacts it has on children and the schools ... it's all here.Kevin ForestieriA couple of excellent entries and several "good" ones. A very good mix of of education-related stories that (like the pandemic era itself) stretches far beyond the classroom.
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underSports Feature StoryFirst PlaceSouth Pasadena ReviewSouth PasadenaAs for Dodgers' History, He's the Answer ManGreat story telling and the topic was interesting. Liked the details within the article.Oscar Areliz, Mark Geers
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underSports Feature StorySecond PlaceDel Mar TimesSolana BeachCarmel Valley teacher wins Carlsbad marathon in first tryGood photos, especially the lead photo. The story itself is fascinating, would like a follow-up.Karen Billing
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underSports Feature StoryThird PlacePetaluma Argus-CourierPetalumaSkating into the OlympicsGood lead photo, and relevant story for 2020. Good balance between quotes and story telling.John Jackson
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underSports Feature StoryFourth PlaceThe Sonoma Index-TribuneSonomaSonoma Native Shoots Inside NBA BubbleGreat story telling, interesting perspective and also relevant.Kate Williams
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underSports Feature StoryFifth PlaceSierra SunTruckeeComback completeGood photos, interesting topic. Liked the quotes chosen for the story as well.Justin Scacco
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFirst PlaceCalaveras EnterpriseSan AndreasSan Andreas nursing home death toll risesImpressive work following up on whistleblower claims.Dakota Morlan
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingSecond PlaceThe ArkTiburonResearchers hunt for virus in sewageContained clear scientific explanations.Deirdre McCrohan
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingThird PlaceThe Trinity JournalWeavervilleTrinity to visitors: Stay awaySally Morris, Tony Reed
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFourth PlaceThe ArkTiburonLocal docs among first to get vaccineDeirdre McCrohan
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFifth PlaceThe ArkTiburonGirls engineering club educates peersEmily Lavin
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Agricultural ReportingFirst PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Fear in the fieldsOverall, solid reporting on how the pandemic impacted farm workers in your community. I admired your success in getting former COVID sufferers to come forward and share their stories. The writing did a great job in placing a human face on the situation.Rebecca Plevin
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Agricultural ReportingSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoThe struggles of California farmworkersOverall, great job in capturing the challenges faced by farm workers in the Central Valley. I admire the reporter's tenacity in reaching out to the workers to record their stories. I learned more about how bad the COVID pandemic impacted the state's farm labor.Anita Chabria
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Agricultural ReportingThird PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaCommunity in crisis struggling to survive (Oct. 18, 2020)Excellent reporting that gives readers a great sense of the challenges faced by undocumented farm workers. I admire your publication's work in giving them a voice and showing how the wildfires devastated the grape industry.Martin Espinoza
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Agricultural ReportingFourth PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: California Agriculture's Climate ChallengeA nice set of stories that vividly illustrate the impacts of climate change on the different ag industries.Esther Mobley, JD Morris
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Agricultural ReportingFifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoThe future of agMost of the stories were good - the strongest was the feature on the cattle market.L.A. Times Staff
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underLocal Coverage of Election 2020First PlaceElk Grove CitizenElk GroveMayor's Associates Accused of HarassmentExcellent series that covered multiple angles of the dark underbelly of local politics. The story shed light on cultural nuances and furthers public conversation. I can't wait for the grand jury report! I'd like to see an in-depth story about the clan traditions that could deepen community understanding.Lance Armstrong
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underLocal Coverage of Election 2020Second PlaceThe ArkTiburon"Hopefuls for council and school board square off in forums"Excellent, clearly reported coverage of the candidates. The writing flowed smoothly and the breakout into topics made it easy to follow.Hannah Weikel, Emily Lavin
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underLocal Coverage of Election 2020Third PlaceCalaveras EnterpriseSan AndreasFailure of Measure H puts future of Calaveras High School field in doubtA nicely written, clear story about the impacts of a measure's failure on the community and the reasons behind it. This is the kind of story that might get buried in a contest among heavy political hitters. It's just a good story exemplifying the importance of local journalism.Guy Dossi
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underLocal Coverage of Election 2020Fourth PlaceDana Point TimesCapistrano BeachPAC Spends Thousands to Oppose Local Candidate, Both Newkirk and Frost Denounce TacticsInteresting and informative story for readers to understand the complex topic of campaign financing and some of its shadier elements.Lillian Boyd
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underLocal Coverage of Election 2020Fifth PlaceSanta Clara WeeklySanta ClaraPolitical Scientists Look at Santa Clara's Landmark 2020 City Council ElectionsInteresting story about an emerging trend in politics that I found informative in a way that isn't often covered.Carolyn Schu
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of Business NewsFirst PlaceSilicon Valley Business JournalSan JoseA Red Line for StartupsA smart take that raises good questions about venture-backed business possibly taking advantage of a government program, written in a way that will capture the attention of those who may need to consider taking such steps.Cromwell Schubarth
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of Business NewsSecond PlaceSilicon Valley Business JournalSan JoseOh my gOSH!A great package that celebrates a local institution's past, present and future, including engagng copy and eye-catching design.Jody Meacham
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of Business NewsThird PlaceNorth Bay Business JournalSanta RosaWine business worries about smoke taint as harvest continuesNoteworthy for the way it displays knowledge of the local area -- the lasting effect of fires must be tracked and studied by reporters.Jeff Quackenbush
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of Business NewsFourth PlaceSierra SunTruckeeBoca GhostAn engaging read that captures a lot of local flavor, history and interest.Justin Scacco
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of Business NewsFifth PlaceThe Business JournalFresnoValley entrepreneurs embrace TikTok marketingA great example of how to localize a global phenomenon, with vivid detail and bright quotes.Donald Promnitz
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underIn-Depth ReportingFirst PlaceSanta Clara WeeklySanta ClaraCity Salaries SeriesIt's pieces like this one on Santa Clara that people really need to read.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underIn-Depth ReportingSecond PlaceThe Sonoma Index-TribuneSonoma"Spotlight on Housing"Great report here.
Great obtaining the inside story on Heather Christensen, you put a face to the hardship, especially on the scam that took her last bit of money. I completely understand this great report is not all on homelessness.
Great detail and sourcing out experts talking about the high cost of property.
However I imagine images and a story of a rent-burdened family with children would have added greatly to the edition that featured Christensen. Can you imagine capturing the faces of these young children living in cramped quarters? Farm workers, single moms, single dads, perhaps, but it shows the lack of affordable housing. The home is the safe place for children, but when that place is threatened, and parents pay the rent before buying food, this makes for an extremely volatile situation. CBOs can always help, just know they will likely set you up with people they want you to talk to. Nothing beats hitting the streets for stories.
Nice work here!
Well done!
Christian Kallen, Kate Williams, Anne Ward Ernst, Lorna Sheridan
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underIn-Depth ReportingThird PlaceComstock's MagazineSacramentoLaying the Groundwork: A widespread effort to achieve environmental justice in Sacramento is gaining momentumShame that too many people are unaware that redlining contributed to thousands of vulnerable neighborhoods.
The 'Laying the Groundwork' can empower people in vulnerable neighborhoods to speak up, demand change.
I enjoyed reading this piece. Too often, our readers need a refresher course in the inequalities of our nation, it doesn't mean we hate our nation. Most U.S. cities have a history of redlining, which played a part in creating vulnerable neighborhoods.
You've done some very nice work here.
Sena Christian
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underIn-Depth ReportingFourth PlaceThe Business JournalFresnoPPP reportingFinally! PPPs explained.
I can think of three biz leaders who should have read this piece before applying for a PPP.
The individual charts showing how much each city/county has applied is fantastic; and shows how many jobs retained.
Good work here!
Frank Lopez, Gabriel Dillard
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underIn-Depth ReportingFifth PlaceGlendale News-PressLos AngelesArtsakh War Reopens Old WoundsA great story of support that brings discussion, and so much more.
It's stories like these that help us learn. Great piece here.
Mark Geers, Zane Hill
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Artistic PhotoFirst PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoChateau Fresno AvenueThe texture and symmetry of this image - the vertical, horizontal and diagonal shadows, the tree detail, and the late afternoon Central Valley vibe - make it a clear winner.Craig KohlrussThe use of drones adds another dimension to the idea of artistic photography. Might be worth considering a separate category for drone photography. Quality lineup of diverse entries.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Artistic PhotoSecond PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Bighorn SheepThe image of a Bighorn ram sparring with a barrell cactus tells the story of strong, formidable, prickly desert survivors. Great shot.Vickie ConnorThe use of drones adds another dimension to the idea of artistic photography. Might be worth considering a separate category for drone photography. Quality lineup of diverse entries.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Artistic PhotoThird PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaLighting Up The NightThis image has strong visual impact, technical quality is good, and the challenge of the capture makes it a contender.Kent PorterThe use of drones adds another dimension to the idea of artistic photography. Might be worth considering a separate category for drone photography. Quality lineup of diverse entries.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Artistic PhotoFourth PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Off the roadTexture of lines of cars with green grass, colors of cars, cracks in pavement make this photo. The storytelling aspect is good when combined with the cutline, but it wouldn't be clear to the viewer without it.Jay CalderonThe use of drones adds another dimension to the idea of artistic photography. Might be worth considering a separate category for drone photography. Quality lineup of diverse entries.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Artistic PhotoFifth PlaceThe Press-EnterpriseRiversideDrive-thru ChristmasThe color and technical aspects of this image are good.Terry PiersonThe use of drones adds another dimension to the idea of artistic photography. Might be worth considering a separate category for drone photography. Quality lineup of diverse entries.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000In-Depth ReportingFirst PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: A small tribe considers building a big prisonThis story brought to life two years of secret negotiations and within weeks killed a $2 billion project to build a super-prison on remote Native American lands. Advocates said the prison would restore the drying Salton Sea, but as the story reported: "Experts also told The Desert Sun that one of the tribe’s main claims — that the project would help restore the Salton Sea — didn’t hold water." The plan had been to pump water from an underground aquifer to the prison, and then treat it and send it back to Salton, a plan also pooh-poohed by experts interviewed by this journalistic team. Great use of California's Open Records Act.Rebecca Plevin, Amanda Ulrich, Mark OlaldeTerrific, competitive category that was difficult to judge.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000In-Depth ReportingSecond PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: COVID-19's effects in Riverside County correctional facilitiesComprehensive look at an invisible population and how the pandemic had ravaged jails. The story raised questions about whether during a pandemic it's ethical or legal to jail people who are not yet convicted.Christopher Damien,Terrific, competitive category that was difficult to judge.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000In-Depth ReportingThird PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoA tragic end to a tragic life: Sex trafficking victim dies after defendant sentencedA heartrending account of a lifelong abuse victim who accidentally overdosed before learning of her abuser's legal disposition.Erin TracyTerrific, competitive category that was difficult to judge.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000In-Depth ReportingFourth PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoModesto-area companies got millions in taxpayer coronavirus aid. Who got the most?A detailed look at which companies were profiting off taxpayer dollars awarded during the pandemic. Among the recipients was the Los Angeles Lakers. The graphic was excellent in showing who got what and how many jobs were spared.
Marijke Rowland, Kristina KarischTerrific, competitive category that was difficult to judge.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000In-Depth ReportingFifth PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaPress Democrat coverage of Sonoma County homeless crisis in 2020This massive collection of stories showcased shortfalls in government efforts to address Sonoma County's largest homeless crisis ever and uneven results of those eventual efforts.
Press Democrat staffTerrific, competitive category that was difficult to judge.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underBreaking NewsFirst PlaceThe ArkTiburonStore owners: Late-night encounter with Tiburon police motivated by raceGreat balanced story. It was timely and culturally/socially relevant.
The sentences were clear and powerful. The paragraph breaks logical and consistent. And the story flowed seamlessly even with the introduction of the officer's past.
Hannah Weikel
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underBreaking NewsSecond PlaceThe ArkTiburonBay Area ordered to shelter in placeThe story was comprehensive and well-thought out. I appreciate the care to detail and the reference to dates to establish a timeline.
It was timely and relevant for the audience, and helpful to understand the parameters of the shelter-in-place order.
Kevin Hessel, Emily Lavin
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underBreaking NewsThird PlaceSanta Clara WeeklySanta ClaraGood Plan Brian - Second Retired Santa Clara Cop Indicted in eBay Harassment SchemeThis was a creatively crafted story. The back story helped connect the dots.
The sentences were intentional. There wasn't any unnecessary verbiage as to the allegations against the former officers. The story helped lead to action items within the Santa Clara Community.
Carolyn Schuk
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underBreaking NewsFourth PlaceSanta Clara WeeklySanta ClaraEmployees Accuse Assessor's Office of Forcing People Back to Work Regardless of County OrdersClear sentences and logical formatting. It was balanced and considerate.
Erika Towne
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underBreaking NewsFifth PlaceLincoln News MessengerLincolnSun City Lincoln Hills board fires executive director FridayIt was a clear story about community politics. The writing was good.Carol Feineman
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Land-Use ReportingFirst PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Will California finally fix the Salton Sea?This series of stories over the course of a year demonstrates deep reporting on the longstanding issue of how to mitigate the environmental hazards of the Salton Sea.Mark Olalde
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Land-Use ReportingSecond PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoThis Madera County community is running out of water - and the only well might failThis reporting on a town dealing with wells drying up raises and explores important land use questions.Monica Vaughan
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Land-Use ReportingThird PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: A tribe considers building a prisonA fascinating exploration of a tribe's idea to build a prison and add water to the Salton Sea. Thoroughly researched.Rebecca Plevin, Amanda Ulrich
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Land-Use ReportingFourth PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaFountaingrove won't be whole for years (Jan. 26, 2020)Will Schmitt
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Land-Use ReportingFifth PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoIndustrial farms leave water wells 'high and dry' despite regulations, Madera residents sayMonica Vaughan
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesFirst PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelFairfax couple await release from 'nightmare' coronavirus quarantineThe descriptive details kept me interested from start to finish. This story seems just as fresh and interesting now as when it was first published.Matthew Pera
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesSecond PlaceSanta Cruz SentinelSanta CruzBreast cancer diagnosis during pandemic a hard road to travelEven though this is a relevant topic, I haven't seen it covered during the pandemic. Nice angle and interesting, heartfelt read.Jessica A. York
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesThird PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaCovid wedding 'paws-poned': Napa couple makes the best of wedding delayHad fun reading this one. Writer did a great job weaving together words to set a fun tone and give readers great insight into this couple's lives.Jennifer Huffman
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesFourth PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelMarin man in Chinese virus zone details 'scary' sceneThis took a lot of coordinating, and it shows. Good topic and good insight into why someone might want to stay at ground zero.Matthew Pera
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesFifth PlaceSanta Maria TimesSanta MariaSaxmanGood heart-warming story.Mike Hodgson
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underWildfire PhotoFirst PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaGlass FireBeautiful image and a guaranteed lock for lead art on A1. I love this photo. It captures everything about the story and the size and strength of the fire, the people's focus on the chopper and fire, and the sign tells us the significance of where this fire is.Tim CarlEach photographer who was nominated in this category is to be commended for stepping up to the front lines for their readers. This is a dangerous bit for photojournalists, too. Throughout the judging process, the creativity stood out as much as the all-out guts of each photographer. I'm sure your readers appreciate your efforts.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underWildfire PhotoSecond PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaSkyhawk On FireThis powerful image literally brings a wildfire home. It's not mountains or roads, it's real homes on an entire block engulfed in flames. The hoses rolled out in the middle of the street and the running firefighter gives the photo an extra touch.Kent PorterEach photographer who was nominated in this category is to be commended for stepping up to the front lines for their readers. This is a dangerous bit for photojournalists, too. Throughout the judging process, the creativity stood out as much as the all-out guts of each photographer. I'm sure your readers appreciate your efforts.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underWildfire PhotoThird PlaceThe San Bernardino SunSan BernardinoFire reflectionI love this photo, not only because of the flames in the lenses of his glasses but also because of his expression, tired and maybe even a little despair.Terry PiersonEach photographer who was nominated in this category is to be commended for stepping up to the front lines for their readers. This is a dangerous bit for photojournalists, too. Throughout the judging process, the creativity stood out as much as the all-out guts of each photographer. I'm sure your readers appreciate your efforts.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underWildfire PhotoFourth PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoCows left hungry in Del Puerto Canyon in aftermath of SCU Lightning Complex fireThis image will resonate with local readers. The broad range of the photo shows us the entirety of the fire's destruction. The cows give it that extra hometown touch.Andy AlfaroEach photographer who was nominated in this category is to be commended for stepping up to the front lines for their readers. This is a dangerous bit for photojournalists, too. Throughout the judging process, the creativity stood out as much as the all-out guts of each photographer. I'm sure your readers appreciate your efforts.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underWildfire PhotoFifth PlaceThe UnionGrass ValleySmartsville FirePowerful photo offering a different angle, with the firefighter dragging out his hose while his focus is on those mighty flames. Very nice image. Definite A1 lead art potential.Elias FunezEach photographer who was nominated in this category is to be commended for stepping up to the front lines for their readers. This is a dangerous bit for photojournalists, too. Throughout the judging process, the creativity stood out as much as the all-out guts of each photographer. I'm sure your readers appreciate your efforts.
Weeklies: 4,300 & underProfile StoryFirst PlaceClaremont CourierClaremontA family shattered by opiate addictionMick Rhodes
Weeklies: 4,300 & underProfile StorySecond PlaceAfter Five: The North State MagazineReddingAnita Loos - Etna to HollywoodJon Lewis, Ron Harrington
Weeklies: 4,300 & underProfile StoryThird PlaceThe Desert ReviewBrawleyGrandmother graduate earns high school diploma, inspires othersRoman Flores
Weeklies: 4,300 & underProfile StoryFourth PlaceSt. Helena StarSt. HelenaWWII bomber pilot, now living at Yountville Vets Home, recalls fighting alongside ChineseJesse Duarte
Weeklies: 4,300 & underProfile StoryFifth PlaceThe CambrianSan Luis ObispoFrom a bombing to Lady Gaga, former Hearst Castle museum director has seen it allKathe Tanner
Dailies: 50,001 & overLand-Use ReportingFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoMillion-dollar views, cheap rent and allegations of favoritism at California state parksThis story grabbed me from the go and held me throughout. The topic was captivating, and the quality of writing was impeccable. The reporter wove a tale of alleged abuse against a landscape of California's most scenic and sought-after locations. The thoroughness of reporting was impressive, with sources woven through the narrative in an effortless way. The photography and headline only enhanced the entry, drawing in readers and keeping them engaged. Bravo.Melody Gutierrez
Dailies: 50,001 & overLand-Use ReportingSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoAffordable housing can cost $1 million in California. Coronavirus could make it worseThis entry took a deep dive into a critical topic that spans issues of equity, bureaucracy and the resulting impact on human lives. The story was well-framed, starting with a developer and ending with her voice, along with that of the person she ultimately was trying to assist. While it would be easy to get lost in definitions of all the agencies and regulations involved, the reporters did a good job simplifying elements necessary to see the big picture. The headline provided a strong entry point, and the photographs and graphics added to the overall depth. Excellent job.Liam Dillon, Ben Poston, Julia Barajas
Dailies: 50,001 & overLand-Use ReportingThird PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoMeasure E and the battle of building heightsThis story did an excellent job laying out an issue with local appeal that could have impacts for the community far into the future. The writing was solid, with a clear explanation of the history and context, while including voices from both opponents and proponents. The reporting was thorough and the news depth was notable. The graphics and headlines provided clear entry points and enhanced the reporting. Overall the story provided a service to readers asked to weigh in on the measure at the polls. Nice job.Jennifer Van Grove
Dailies: 50,001 & overLand-Use ReportingFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoAs a dying Salton Sea spews harmful dust, Imperial Valley water wars heat up againThe headline and lead on this story were excellent, capturing the reader, while the quality of writing held the reader until the end. I appreciated how the reporter took a dense, complex issue and brought out the human element, along with history, politics and ramifications. The reporting was thorough, and the news depth was impressive. The photography enhanced the article, as well.Sammy Roth
Dailies: 50,001 & overLand-Use ReportingFifth PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoCALIFORNIA CONSIDERS ALLOWING HOUSING PROJECT ON SAN DIEGO ECOLOGICAL RESERVEThe issue highlighted in this article holds strong reader appeal, and is presented to those who may be unfamiliar with the land swap in a clear, concise way. The story is well-structured with a smooth flow of information, bolstered by reaction on both sides. The photos give the reader a good feel for the ecological reserve, and the map provides a helpful geographical perspective.Joshua Emerson Smith
Dailies: 50,001 & overEditorial CommentFirst PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoGianna Floyd is right. Her daddy changed the world.A heartfelt and raw take on the George Floyd story. When the author writes, we should all listen and learn.Charles Clark
Dailies: 50,001 & overEditorial CommentSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoEditorial: What we now see, with 2020 visionThe perfect description of 2020, revealing the hard facts about America that many people turn a blind eye to.Robert Greene
Dailies: 50,001 & overEditorial CommentThird PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoEditorial: How coronavirus is revealing the problems with 'fast science'A relevant commentary, especially in this day and age when the falsehoods perpetrated on social media are frightfully becoming the "truth" for many people.Karin Klein
Dailies: 50,001 & overEditorial CommentFourth PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseEditorial: Curb Oakland Mayor Schaaf's insatiable tax appetiteDaniel Borenstein
Dailies: 50,001 & overEditorial CommentFifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoEditorial: An examination of The Times' failures on race, our apology and a path forwardL.A. Times Editorial Board
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Feature StoryFirst PlaceThe Sonoma Index-TribuneSonomaHeavy Metal Under a Shroud of SilenceAmazing story! Ms. Sheridan did a fantastic job of not only getting this scoop, but flushing out the details and backstory behind this unusual, but very entertaining pairing (Metallica and a winery, who would've thought?)
The details in this piece truly made the story (the flurry of COVID-19 tests taken via different methods and sent to different labs, the owner's "Oh s**t" reaction when the band checked into the hotel) and only served to enhance an already thrilling piece of journalism. And finally, I loved the use of quotes and other media clips about the concert, followed by Bundschu's own personal feelings about watching this fantastic spectacle unfold as a vehicle to end the story.
Lorna Sheridan
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Feature StorySecond PlaceSilicon Valley Business JournalSan JoseBrain PowerThis lede took me right inside the classroom and quickly helped me to become interested in where this story was going. What a topic, and what an initiative! I'm sure there was plenty of dry news coverage on this topic, but by "introducing" readers to the faces of this neurodiverse initiatives, the reporter really helped draw me in and make me want to learn more about these programs and the people involved. The subjects in these stories represent people that don't usually show up in the news, and I appreciated getting to know them and the ways in which they're helping to shape the future. I think this article not only gave both a broad view and an inside look into this program, but it also provided other communities and employers with a toolkit to replicate the endeavor.Allison Levitsky
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Feature StoryThird PlaceSilicon Valley Business JournalSan JoseThe Etsy-conomyGreat topic, especially amidst the pandemic, during which Etsy (and online shopping in general) has thrived. I like that the lede introduced me to all three of our subjects right away, and I was already looking forward to hearing each of their individual stories. Plus, by leading with all three, one wasn't made to feel like the star of the story and helped the piece feel like a true montage. Fun graphics, bold, bright photos and rich color and details helped propel this story forward, and I found myself rooting for these women to succeed (and bookmarking their Etsy shops.) Great piece.Lynn Stock
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Feature StoryFourth PlaceSan Marino TribuneSan Marino101-Year-Old Grows A Great PumpkinGreat lede, and what a fun story. Giant pumpkins and centenarians on their own make for great subjects, but both in one piece? I love the tongue-and-cheek tone to this story, and the fast pace of the piece seems to match spry Mae Powell's demeanor perfectly.The photos were also wonderful, and support sources only added to the appeal and charm of this story. This is classic and features reporting at its finest.Mitch Lehman, Karin Esterhammer
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Feature StoryFifth PlaceThe Sonoma Index-TribuneSonomaTiger Mom: Marilyn Goode Talks Filmmaking Son's 'Tiger King' PhenomenonI was interested in this story from the jump. Who wouldn't want to read about the environmentalist mother of the man who directed "Tiger King?" The dichotomy is exciting even before first word of the lede, and the story behind the subject I was so interested in did not disappoint. Mr. Kallen painted a rich picture of Eric Goode's backstory, through the eyes of his mother. And while he could have simply written a story about Eric Goode as told by Eric Goode, there was something especially tender in learning about the filmmaker first from his mother before letting Goode speak for himself. I especially enjoy how the piece felt like it came full-circle, beginning with Marilyn Goode's legacy as an environmentalist and ending with her son's efforts to capitalize on the momentum of "Tiger King" and do his own piece of great work for the environment. Solid work.Christian Kallen
Dailies: 50,001 & overPhoto Story/EssayFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoThe COVID-19 CrisisThese images were so compelling, and not only told the story graphically, they represented many different aspects of the pain and horror of the crisis.Francine Orr, Robert Gauthier, Marcus Yam, Carolyn Coletough to compare because some entries were just images, and others included the page layout. not really able to judge them apples to apples.
Dailies: 50,001 & overPhoto Story/EssaySecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl Segundo2020 was the year America embraced Black Lives Matter as a movement, not just a momentWally Skalij, Jason Armond, Gina Ferazzi, Robert Gauthiertough to compare because some entries were just images, and others included the page layout. not really able to judge them apples to apples.
Dailies: 50,001 & overPhoto Story/EssayThird PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Theo: Homeless at Age 7Gabrielle Lurietough to compare because some entries were just images, and others included the page layout. not really able to judge them apples to apples.
Dailies: 50,001 & overPhoto Story/EssayFourth PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoDown-TownSam Hodgsontough to compare because some entries were just images, and others included the page layout. not really able to judge them apples to apples.
Dailies: 50,001 & overPhoto Story/EssayFifth PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoA Spring Break: San Diego's mellow beach vibe takes a detourK.C. Alfredtough to compare because some entries were just images, and others included the page layout. not really able to judge them apples to apples.
Dailies: 15,000 & underIn-Depth ReportingFirst PlaceRecord SearchlightReddingDying Inside First class accountability reporting with impressive statewide sweep. The findings are shocking, and the stories of families who lost loved ones in places that have a legal and moral obligation to keep them safe were heartbreaking. I found myself wondering if some of the questions about staffing and training should have been raised in the first story rather than the second, but that's a minor quibble. Congratulations on journalism that should prompt some much needed changes.Matt BrannonIt's inspiring to see such a commitment to ambitious enterprise, especially during what surely ranks as one of the toughest years for our industry. Picking a top 5 was not easy because there was so much good work to choose from.
Dailies: 15,000 & underIn-Depth ReportingSecond PlaceSanta Cruz SentinelSanta CruzAmah Mutsun Tribal Band Reignites Cultural BurningA gem of a story. A smart angle elevates what could have been a vivid feature into a timely news feature that marries history and a current dilemma. The writing was evocative and graceful. Would have loved to see more photos!
Hannah HagemannIt's inspiring to see such a commitment to ambitious enterprise, especially during what surely ranks as one of the toughest years for our industry. Picking a top 5 was not easy because there was so much good work to choose from.
Dailies: 15,000 & underIn-Depth ReportingThird PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoSLO County child care is hard to find and even harder to afford. Here's how to fix itAn important, often overlooked issue that got worse in the pandemic. I liked that the story didn't just highlight the problem; it showed possible solutions. Good complement of graphics, photo and video.Kaytlyn LeslieIt's inspiring to see such a commitment to ambitious enterprise, especially during what surely ranks as one of the toughest years for our industry. Picking a top 5 was not easy because there was so much good work to choose from.
Dailies: 15,000 & underIn-Depth ReportingFourth PlaceSan Gabriel Valley TribuneMonroviaCity of Industry solar projectIt's clear that this reporter has been digging and breaking news on this pie-in-the-sky project for several years, and that the raids and charges are the outgrowth of reporting by him and colleagues. A timeline or story form might have helped readers who were coming cold to this story, but those same readers are lucky to have this kind of watchdog reporting in their community.Jason HenryIt's inspiring to see such a commitment to ambitious enterprise, especially during what surely ranks as one of the toughest years for our industry. Picking a top 5 was not easy because there was so much good work to choose from.
Dailies: 15,000 & underIn-Depth ReportingFifth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaNapa County's Burning ProblemAn admirable commitment of time and resources to an issue that affects the lifestyle and livelihoods of the region.Barry Eberling, Sarah KlearmanIt's inspiring to see such a commitment to ambitious enterprise, especially during what surely ranks as one of the toughest years for our industry. Picking a top 5 was not easy because there was so much good work to choose from.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underEnterprise News Story or SeriesFirst PlaceThe Sonoma Index-TribuneSonomaSpotlight on HousingPhenomenal, in-depth coverage of a problem we are seeing nationwide -- the need for affordable housing. Perhaps the best compliment I can give this series is that I winced and cringed as a I read the horror stories and saw how absurdly high rents and mortgage payments are there. This series did more than focus on the horror stories. It also showed what programs are available to help and published interviews with those who know the most about the situation. A great series. On a minor note, I was happy to see the ongoing header that went with every story. This is a great way to remind the readers of the ongoing coverage.Index-Tribune editorial staff
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underEnterprise News Story or SeriesSecond PlaceBohemianHealdsburgSonoma County DACA Recipient Battles with DA's Office Over DUI ChargeOne of the best projects a newspaper can undertake is to look at a very complicated subject and present it in a way where the reader can understand the entire issue, in-depth. I read this as somebody who had zero knowledge of the issues that Dreamers face there. By the time I finished this in-depth piece, I understood the challenges faced by those being accused. I was able to form my own opinions without being pushed in a certain direction. This was not only great enterprise news but also a great community service.Chelsea Kurnick
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underEnterprise News Story or SeriesThird PlaceComstock's MagazineSacramentoFollow Her Lead: As the country celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we profile 19 leaders in the Capital RegionIt's easy enough to say, "Hey, we're going to write about local leaders." But this series wrapped the idea around a theme and even incorporated photography as part of the overall idea. This was a beautiful idea.Sena Christian, Shoka , Carly Carnejo, Tom Couzens
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underEnterprise News Story or SeriesFourth PlaceBohemianHealdsburgDisconnect: Sheriff's Media Management of Dog Bite Sparks ControversyWe see this all the time. The police say one thing and then present snippets of video to back up their story. Then somebody else with smart phone video shows a somewhat different story by posting the entire video online. This was a great look at how the police and social media can be at odds.Will Carruthers
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underEnterprise News Story or SeriesFifth PlaceCalaveras EnterpriseSan AndreasA look back at Spanish flu outbreak in Calaveras CountySo few newspapers have history writers anymore. This was nice to see how this newspaper took a modern day subject -- COVID-19 -- and drew comparisons to how the area reacted to the Spanish Flu. I particularly enjoyed learning about how people treated mask-wearing.Noah Berner
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl Segundo A Black reporter recalls racism in the newsroom and has his day of reckoningA remarkable and thoughtful reflection on the intersection of race, news and society that gives direct & immediate local connections to readers. This piece leads the way in how not just journalistic institutions but all people and places must address this moment, with the reporter offering up the kind of transparency and truth-telling we all must aspire to. Beautifully written, and brave. Bravo.Greg Braxton
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesSecond PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Defunding Oakland PoliceExcellent, detailed reporting that relies on deep sourcing to capture the nuance and complexities of policing. Swann does an expert job taking readers right to the scenes where policing happens and treats her sources with humanity and respect.Rachel Swan
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesThird PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoPain and protestThis series told one-of-a-kind stories that were deeply reported and would resonate with local readers and those throughout California. Well-sourced, carefully reported.Anita Chabria, Esme Bermudez
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl Segundo Protests become a 'lifestyle' for some L.A. activists: 'This has been like church for me'A thoughtful piece that does a wonderful job capturing the personal growth and solace that so many people can find while participating in social justice movements.Leila Miller
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFifth PlaceThe Orange County RegisterAnaheimMeant for friends, Black cop's video about racism embraced by Tustin police chiefA piece that will capture the attention of many readers who may have seen the viral video, while ensuring that the pain and gravity of the protest movement is reflected.Susan Christian Goulding
Weeklies: 25,001 & overWritingFirst PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseHundreds of Rubber Bullets Later, San Jose Confronts Human Toll of Forceful TacticsA vivid, graphic portrayal of a once-in-a-generation uprising.Jennifer Wadsworth
Weeklies: 25,001 & overWritingSecond PlaceThousand Oaks AcornAgoura HillsHomeless HometownDawn Megli
Weeklies: 25,001 & overWritingThird PlaceThe Salinas CalifornianSalinasA woman vulnerable to COVID-19 must choose: marriage or health insuranceJoe Szydlowski
Weeklies: 25,001 & overWritingFourth PlaceThousand Oaks AcornAgoura HillsSports complex at center of Bryant tragedyKyle Jorrey
Weeklies: 25,001 & overWritingFifth PlaceThe Salinas CalifornianSalinasFor those who used to be on parole, the newfound ability to vote is an important riteAngelica Cabral
Dailies: 50,001 & overInside Page Layout & DesignFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoAn Overdue ConversationAn Amlotte
Dailies: 50,001 & overInside Page Layout & DesignSecond PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoWhat Pride Means to MeGloria Orbegozo
Dailies: 50,001 & overInside Page Layout & DesignThird PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoFaces of the Arts shutdown: The PerformersGloria Orbegozo
Dailies: 50,001 & overInside Page Layout & DesignFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoKobe Bryant: 1978-2020Tim Hubbard, Allison Hong, Hamlet Nalbandyan, Elsie Ramos
Dailies: 50,001 & overInside Page Layout & DesignFifth PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoReturned part 2Michael Price
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underSpecial Section CoverFirst PlaceThe Beach ReporterHermosa BeachKindness coverUse of color, balance, imagery and originality make this cover a clear winner.Paul KryczkoSolid entries in a challenging year.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underSpecial Section CoverSecond PlaceThe ArkTiburonThe Ark - Special Section CoverClean, impactful design that draws the reader in with a well-defined focus and strong images.Kevin HesselSolid entries in a challenging year.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underSpecial Section CoverThird PlaceThe Trinity JournalWeavervilleWildfire, Almanac, VeteransWith a cover photo like this you don't need much else, and the designer recognized that. The lack of clutter and a clear message, make this entry a stand out.Wayne Agner, Tony Reed, Tracy ReinerSolid entries in a challenging year.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underSpecial Section CoverFourth PlaceComstock's MagazineSacramentoCity of Stockton, McClellan Park, Greater SacramentoGood, clean design.Marissa Lewis, Eva Roethler, Jennifer JunghansSolid entries in a challenging year.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underSpecial Section CoverFifth PlaceThe Business JournalFresnoSJV Ag/ Diversity in Business/How She LeadsThe initial cover in this entry is the best.Gabriel Dillard, Jessica Surrett, Ram ReyesSolid entries in a challenging year.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Profile StoryFirst PlaceLos Altos Town CrierLos AltosNeysa Fligor blazes a trail as Los Altos' first Black mayorWell-written and interesting profile.Eric He
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Profile StorySecond PlaceCoachella Valley IndependentCathedral CityPandemic Stories: A Chat With Nine Local Members of Alcoholics Anonymous About How They're Dealing With the Shelter-in-Place OrderAn insightful look at an important topic. I would have liked to have seen more photos. There is a problem with photographing an anonymous meeting, obviously, but I would have liked to see a creative solution such as screenshots not showing faces, etc.Valerie Jean Hume
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Profile StoryThird PlacePleasanton WeeklyPleasantonGretchen's legacyA touching story about a moving family legacy.Ryan Degan
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Profile StoryFourth PlacePacific SunSan RafaelNorth Bay Youth are Ready to SucceedInteresting story about the younger generation. Great lead photo.Charlie Swanson
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Profile StoryFifth PlacePalos Verdes Peninsula NewsRolling Hills EstatesFriends notice woman's stroke over ZoomFeel-good story about the unlikely benefits of a Zoom chat between friends. Well done.Michael Hixon
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoTaking a standExcellent composition and exposure of a dramatic moment. The shot captures action on three planes -- the foreground, middle ground and background -- which all contribute to the telling of the story.Wally Skalij
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoSecond PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoBLM die-inThe photo shows the magnitude of participation of the protest. It's a dramatic moment.Renée C. Byer
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoThird PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoSeeking reliefThe angle of this shot is excellent in showing the different expressions of the people in the photo. The closeness also intensifies an already intense situation, as does the sharpness of the liquid in the shot, giving it a visceral as well as emotional quality that comes through.Jason Armond
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoFourth PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseKneeling protesterThe choice to shoot this moment from a lower angle intensifies the power struggle and inequity that is at the heart of the protests. The police officers create a dark barrier, contrasted by the lightness of the other half of the composition, which is inhabited by protestors on their knees. Overall strong composition and exposure.Dai Sugano
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoFifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoFists raisedGood composition of a dramatic moment.Jason Armond
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSpecial PublicationFirst PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Coloring Northern CaliforniaChronicle staff artists , Danielle Mollette-Parks, John King, Deb Wandell
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSpecial PublicationSecond PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Year in PicturesSan Francisco Chronicle Photo Staff
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSpecial PublicationThird PlaceAntelope Valley PressPalmdaleWelcomePamela Krogstie, Jennifer Garcia, Valley Press Staff
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSpecial PublicationFourth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaInside Napa Valley magazine, November 2020Staff
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSpecial PublicationFifth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaInside Napa Valley magazine, August 2020Staff
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Feature PhotoFirst PlaceThe Sonoma Index-TribuneSonomaDog Days for Sonoma Pet GroomingLoved the look on the dog's face and the way its fur matched the groomer's hair.Robbi Pengelly
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Feature PhotoSecond PlacePetaluma Argus-CourierPetalumaChicken hugHeartfelt hug. Hope the chicken isn't bound for the table -- which seems to be the premise of the storyCrissy Pascual
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Feature PhotoThird PlaceThe Folsom TelegraphFolsomPolar PlungeBill Sullivan
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Feature PhotoFourth PlaceThe Folsom TelegraphFolsomParental Paddle BoardingBill Sullivan
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Feature PhotoFifth PlaceThe Folsom TelegraphFolsomGrad on the GoBill Sullivan
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Youth and EducationFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoAt USC, 2 determined women spoke out. Ugly attacks over racism, anti-Semitism, Zionism took overDoes a beautiful job of telling a difficult story with balance and empathy.Teresa WatanabeWow. This was difficult to judge since every single entry was so good. These reporters have stepped up to the challenges of the last year and delivered important and timely work. I don't mean to gush but stories like this show why journalism is crucially important, now more than ever. Thank you all!

Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Youth and EducationSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoThe new reality of school at home: Overwhelmed. Isolated. Unfocused. Very StressedA comprehensive look at schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic.Howard Blume, Paloma Esquivel, Sonali Kohli, Rosanna XiaWow. This was difficult to judge since every single entry was so good. These reporters have stepped up to the challenges of the last year and delivered important and timely work. I don't mean to gush but stories like this show why journalism is crucially important, now more than ever. Thank you all!

Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Youth and EducationThird PlaceThe Orange County RegisterAnaheimFor children living in motels, WiFi hot spots make school possibleSkillful writing pushes this story about children living in motels to the top. I appreciated the interweaving of one woman's personal recollections with the larger topic.Theresa WalkerWow. This was difficult to judge since every single entry was so good. These reporters have stepped up to the challenges of the last year and delivered important and timely work. I don't mean to gush but stories like this show why journalism is crucially important, now more than ever. Thank you all!

Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Youth and EducationFourth PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseTheir new schools knew nothing about allegations against these Bay Area teachers. Should they have?Great reporting on a crucially important topic.Daniel Wu, Erin WooWow. This was difficult to judge since every single entry was so good. These reporters have stepped up to the challenges of the last year and delivered important and timely work. I don't mean to gush but stories like this show why journalism is crucially important, now more than ever. Thank you all!

Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Youth and EducationFifth PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Far from Home, Far from SafeGreat reporting.Joaquin Palomino, Cynthia Dizikes, Sara TianoWow. This was difficult to judge since every single entry was so good. These reporters have stepped up to the challenges of the last year and delivered important and timely work. I don't mean to gush but stories like this show why journalism is crucially important, now more than ever. Thank you all!

Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Local GovernmentFirst PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Short-term vacation rentals become hot-button issueMelissa Daniels, Sherry Barkas, Shane Newell, Maria SestitoThe reporting and writing in all of the entries in this category were excellent.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Local GovernmentSecond PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaPublic money behind Alliance memberships (July 19, 2020)Tyler SilvyThe reporting and writing in all of the entries in this category were excellent.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Local GovernmentThird PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoYouth advocates say this Fresno program helped build trust in police. What happened to it?Brianna CalixThe reporting and writing in all of the entries in this category were excellent.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Local GovernmentFourth PlacePress-TelegramLong BeachLong Beach only saw one major fire in last week's unrest. But for the business owner, it was 17 years of his lifeHayley Munguia, Emily RasmussenThe reporting and writing in all of the entries in this category were excellent.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Local GovernmentFifth PlaceThe Bakersfield CalifornianBakersfieldThe battle over controversial immigrant detention facilitiesSam MorgenThe reporting and writing in all of the entries in this category were excellent.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFirst PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoCoronavirus impact felt by employers, employees and residentsMarijke Rowland, Kristin Lam, Kevin Valine, Kristina Karisch
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutSecond PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: COVID in immigration detention centersRebecca Plevin
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutThird PlaceLos Angeles Daily NewsWoodland HillsEast San Fernando Valley: A 'perfect storm' for alarming coronavirus spreadRyan Carter, David Rosenfeld
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFourth PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoSome Fresno-area renters face financial collapse. Can emergency rent assistance prevent it?Danielle Bergstrom, Manuela Tobias
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFifth PlaceLos Angeles Daily NewsWoodland HillsEye of the StormBrenda Gazzar, Beau Yarbrough
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underIllustrationFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoThe Wonderful World of PlantsAbsolutely beautiful. I love the colors and the art style. It makes me want to surround myself with flowers.Bijou Karman, Amy King
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underIllustrationSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoWill We Ever Kiss Again?The "hardwired into us" messaging with the skeleton outline illustration is really effective. The colors and florals are a really nice romantic touch juxtaposed with the more jarring feeling of the mask.Eddie Guy, Jamie Sholberg
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underIllustrationThird PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoArt Out of ProtestLove the showcasing of various artists and their displays of grief, anger, and protest.L.A. Times Illustrators, Amy King
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underIllustrationFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoThings We Loved in 2020This piece feels really contemporary and fitting for a year in review piece. It almost feels like a TikTok brought to life.Bijou Karman, Judy Pryor
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underIllustrationFifth PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseSuper SpreaderThis piece does a very effective job of displaying the coronavirus spread in the station. I really like the limited color palette and the art style.Jeff Durham
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Front Page Layout & DesignFirst PlaceNorth Coast JournalEurekaNCJ CoversBeautifully executed concepts across the board, with typography perfectly matching tone. Loved the wrap-around mask template.Jonathan Webster, Sue Giboney, Soni Lopez-Chavez, Tatsiana Tsyhanova
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Front Page Layout & DesignSecond PlaceGood TimesSanta Cruz"I'll See You In My Streams," "Pivot Point," "Makers Vs. Takers"Excellent high-impact covers with true local focus and appeal. Nice work.Kara Brown
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Front Page Layout & DesignThird PlaceCoachella Valley IndependentCathedral CityCoachella Valley Independent Front PagesBeth Allen Jimmy Boegle
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Front Page Layout & DesignFourth PlaceSan Francisco Business TimesSan FranciscoSFBT - Front pagesIan Lawson
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Front Page Layout & DesignFifth PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseMetro Silicon Valley Front Page Layout & DesignKara Brown
Weeklies: 25,001 & overSports Feature StoryFirst PlaceSimi Valley AcornAgoura HillsA champion pins adversity to the matStanley weaves together the tale of an athlete's triumph with his eventual journey to repairing the divisions that made him such a successful wrestler. Great detail describing his living conditions, the family dynamic and good use of anecdotes to bring the story to life.Brooke Stanley
Weeklies: 25,001 & overSports Feature StorySecond PlaceGrunion GazetteLong BeachMatt Sutfin Flying High Even While In Goal For RamsThe juxtaposition of flying and playing goalkeeper throughout the story made it a joy to read and brought depth and dimension to this profile of a talented athlete.JJ Fiddler
Weeklies: 25,001 & overSports Feature StoryThird PlaceThe Salinas CalifornianSalinasSalinas native Ruben Villa fights for a boxing world title - with a city and community behind himReading about Villa's background, his respect for farmworkers, and the way his community supported and rooted for him, had me vested in this story at the end to the point that I had to look up the outcome of the fight. Well done.Ayrton Ostly
Weeklies: 25,001 & overSports Feature StoryFourth PlaceGrunion GazetteLong BeachThe Impossible Loss Of Semaj MillerThe story illuminates the critical role sports and recreation opportunities play in communities where the scourge of street violence is everpresent, and the unintended consequences that COVID-19 precautions may have had on the safety of youth in these neighborhoods.Mike Guardabascio
Weeklies: 25,001 & overSports Feature StoryFifth PlaceCamarillo AcornCamarilloThe body electricWhat made this story good was the tension between the man's passion for bodybuilding and the disillusionment he eventually found with his sport. His willingness to talk about that struggle pulled the reader in and kept them reading until the end.Eliav Appelbaum
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underFront Page Layout & DesignFirst PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaFront pages from The Press Democrat on March 18, Sept. 29 and Nov. 8, 2020Press Democrat staff
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underFront Page Layout & DesignSecond PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramento3 front pagesDaniel Hunt, Nathaniel Levine
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underFront Page Layout & DesignThird PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoL.A. Times Front PagesBetty Chavarria, Jamie Sholberg
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underFront Page Layout & DesignFourth PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Front pagesDesert Sun staff
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underFront Page Layout & DesignFifth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaNapa Valley Regsiter A1Staff
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of Youth and EducationFirst PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoSchool reopenings packageReally incredible reporting package here with strong, clear and compelling writing highlighting a spectrum of issues and interests surrounding school closures and reopenings.Elena Kadvany
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of Youth and EducationSecond PlaceSanta Barbara IndependentSanta BarbaraTeaching Pods Land Among Some Santa Barbara SchoolchildrenDelaney's conversational voice is a joy to read on wonderfully reported piece that captures the difficult position faced by parents and educators.Delaney Smith
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of Youth and EducationThird PlaceThousand Oaks AcornAgoura HillsFinding a way through gender issuesBeautiful story about Harper and the support and activism of her family, with context about the status of education and acceptance within the district. Great work.Dawn Megli
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of Youth and EducationFourth PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseTeachers Demand Reimbursement for Sudden Shift to Online LearningGrace Hase
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of Youth and EducationFifth PlaceSan Quentin NewsSan QuentinStorytellers polish their craft through the San Quentin News Journalism GuildAnthony Manuel Caravalho
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underInformational GraphicFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoL.A.'s Botched Rush to ReopenL.A. Times Staff
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underInformational GraphicSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoThe Final Moments of Kobe Bryant's Fatal TripMatt Stiles, Swetha Kannan, Lorena Iñiguez Elebee
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underInformational GraphicThird PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramento10,000 deathsNathaniel Levine
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underInformational GraphicFourth PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: How Coronavirus Vaccines WorkTodd Trumbull, Catherine Ho, Mike Massa
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underInformational GraphicFifth PlaceThe Orange County RegisterAnaheimCoronavirus daily trackerJeff Goertzen, Kurt Snibbe, Paiching Wei, Harriet Blair Rowan
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underFront Page Layout & DesignFirst PlaceDana Point TimesCapistrano BeachDana Point Times Front PagesLogo pops. Good choice and mix of fonts. Good distribution of visual weight. Great photography.Lillian Boyd, Chelsie RexDana Point Times and the Petaluma Argus-Courier were definitely the standouts of this set. Very strong design and photography there. Good looking papers that pop.
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underFront Page Layout & DesignSecond PlacePetaluma Argus-CourierPetalumaPetaluma Argus-CourierStrong photography. Good distribution of visual weight. Good mix of fonts.Argus-Courier TeamDana Point Times and the Petaluma Argus-Courier were definitely the standouts of this set. Very strong design and photography there. Good looking papers that pop.
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underFront Page Layout & DesignThird PlaceThe ArkTiburonThe Ark - Front Page Layout & DesignSolid layout.Kevin HesselDana Point Times and the Petaluma Argus-Courier were definitely the standouts of this set. Very strong design and photography there. Good looking papers that pop.
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underFront Page Layout & DesignFourth PlaceThe Business JournalFresnoFront pages Feb. 21, Feb. 14 and July 10Jessica Surrett, Ram Reyes, Gabriel DillardDana Point Times and the Petaluma Argus-Courier were definitely the standouts of this set. Very strong design and photography there. Good looking papers that pop.
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underFront Page Layout & DesignFifth PlaceThe Folsom TelegraphFolsomFront Page Layout and DesignBill Sullivan, Shaden Solanji, Raeleigh HallDana Point Times and the Petaluma Argus-Courier were definitely the standouts of this set. Very strong design and photography there. Good looking papers that pop.
Dailies: 15,000 & underWildfire News CoverageFirst PlaceVisalia Times-DeltaVisaliaCoverage of Creek FireVery finely written, with points concisely made, good selection of quotes. All three stories submitted are of consistent quality, which is very good.Joshua Yeager
Dailies: 15,000 & underWildfire News CoverageSecond PlacePasadena Star-NewsPasadenaWith mammoth Bobcat fire looming, firefighters draw battle lines along Mt. Wilson's steep slopesGreat bookends - lede and ending. Good rhythm and bridging from one part to the next. It made you want to keep reading.Bradley Bermont
Dailies: 15,000 & underWildfire News CoverageThird PlaceThe Daily IndependentRidgecrestCalifornia's Secret FireIntriguing story, a good read that can capture and maintain the attention of readers.Jessica Weston, Lauren Jennings
Dailies: 15,000 & underWildfire News CoverageFourth PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelPoint Reyes wildfire reshaping wildernessAn educational piece, with good details. Reads very well.Will Houston
Dailies: 15,000 & underWildfire News CoverageFifth PlaceRecord SearchlightReddingZogg Fire probeLede draws you in. An informative story. A good read.Damon Arthur
Dailies: 15,000 & underSports Feature StoryFirst PlaceSanta Cruz SentinelSanta CruzSurf City RaidersThis was a delightful read. It flows so well and is as informative as it is entertaining.Jim Seimas
Dailies: 15,000 & underSports Feature StorySecond PlaceChico Enterprise-RecordChicoLife on the reboundThere are sure to be many entries about the COVID-19 pandemic this year, but this one stands out because of how it weaves together sports, a devastating fire and current events through the lens of three student-athletes.Sharon Martin
Dailies: 15,000 & underSports Feature StoryThird PlaceVisalia Times-DeltaVisaliaLike father, like son: How baseball connects the Allen familyA well-written, heartwarming story that only a community paper can deliver. The writer does a great job of letting the father and son tell their story.Vongni Yang
Dailies: 15,000 & underSports Feature StoryFourth PlaceChico Enterprise-RecordChicoButte off to best start in a decadeA simple, well-told story of an underdog team working hard to overcome all odds. A good read.Will Denner
Dailies: 15,000 & underSports Feature StoryFifth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaNapa Valley Teams Remembered: Linemen look back at Vintage's 1986 season (Parts 1 and 2)This was a monster of a story with great photos and so many details. It's a trip down memory lane worth taking.Andy Wilcox
Dailies: 50,001 & overWritingFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoCleanup on aisle everywhere: A day in the life of supermarket workers during coronavirusAn article that captures the moments of the time and is very well written. A well constructed story that can keep readers attention.Brittny Mejia
Dailies: 50,001 & overWritingSecond PlaceThe Orange County RegisterAnaheimDaughter's connection to her late father grows like his rosesGreat introduction to capture readers' attention. Beautifully written throughout. A good approach with short sentences and a human interest element that is very strong. Fine work.Keith Sharon
Dailies: 50,001 & overWritingThird PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseWaking UpA very nice job of approaching the issue and providing real-life examples of people's related stories. Those stories greatly enhance the story and can make a reader want to read on. A good overall job of maintaining this reviewer's interest. Very well written.Julia Prodis Sulek
Dailies: 50,001 & overWritingFourth PlaceThe Orange County RegisterAnaheimJimmy Angel's an 85-year-old teen idol with tales to tell of Pat Boone, a lucky teddy bear and the mobA great adventure of the journey of Mr. Angel has been told beautifully. Very well written and entertaining. Fine work.Peter Larsen
Dailies: 50,001 & overWritingFifth PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoEven With New Vocabulary, 2020 Hard To Put Into WordsA fine job pulling in a lot of details into one excellently flowing story. Good story and nice photos.John Wilkens
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSports Action PhotoFirst PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoPismo Beach surfing competitionA wonderful action photo that stands out. Great composition and color.Laura Dickinson
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSports Action PhotoSecond PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaGoal Line StopGreat action shot that can say so much about the game.Kent Porter
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSports Action PhotoThird PlacePasadena Star-NewsPasadenaCrowd shotA wonderful photo that captures the absurdity of pandemic baseball without fans.Keith Birmingham
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSports Action PhotoFourth PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: A knockout punchOne of those shots that not only shows you the story but also makes you feel it.Omar Ornelas
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSports Action PhotoFifth PlaceDaily PilotFountain ValleyTangled UpA very solid action photo. Wrestling can be a tough sport to shoot, but this photographer captured a great moment.Don Leach
Dailies: 15,000 & underArtistic PhotoFirst PlaceThe UnionGrass ValleyNevada City Film FestivalElias FunezEvery photo was terrific, but the top two really stood out for me, especially the kid at the film festival.
Dailies: 15,000 & underArtistic PhotoSecond PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoSurfer sunsetDavid MiddlecampEvery photo was terrific, but the top two really stood out for me, especially the kid at the film festival.
Dailies: 15,000 & underArtistic PhotoThird PlaceTimes-HeraldVallejoSky turns orange as West Coast burnsChris RileyEvery photo was terrific, but the top two really stood out for me, especially the kid at the film festival.
Dailies: 15,000 & underArtistic PhotoFourth PlaceVisalia Times-DeltaVisaliaBurned Trees Pierce Recent SnowfallRon HolmanEvery photo was terrific, but the top two really stood out for me, especially the kid at the film festival.
Dailies: 15,000 & underArtistic PhotoFifth PlaceThe ReporterVacavilleA Flock of MemoriesJoel RosenbaumEvery photo was terrific, but the top two really stood out for me, especially the kid at the film festival.
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underLand-Use ReportingFirst PlaceSan Francisco Business TimesSan FranciscoThe death of densityHands down the best writing in this category. So many outstanding voices are used to tell this important story. Overall, great journalism!Laura Waxmann
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underLand-Use ReportingSecond PlaceSilicon Valley Business JournalSan JoseWinchestervilleSolid reporting and outstanding graphics explain the important economic impact of Winchesterville.Matthew Niksa, Jody Meacham
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underLand-Use ReportingThird PlaceThe ArkTiburonHarbormaster works to restore order out on Richardson BayWonderfully descriptive writing and reporting.Gretchen Lang
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underLand-Use ReportingFourth PlacePetaluma Argus-CourierPetalumaCorona Road StationKathryn Palmer
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underLand-Use ReportingFifth PlaceSilicon Valley Business JournalSan JoseFuture of Downtown San JoseMatthew Niksa, Cromwell Schubarth, Jody Meacham, Katie Lauer
Weeklies: 4,300 & underFeature PhotoFirst PlaceClaremont CourierClaremontLoss of a 400 year-old Claremont residentThe overhead angle effectively shows the fallen tree as a venerable member of the community, and the gravestones suggest the grief to which the tree surely bore witness. First-rate photo.Peter Weinberger
Weeklies: 4,300 & underFeature PhotoSecond PlaceThe Weekly CalistoganCalistogaCalistoga Junior-Senior High School 2020 GraduationThe lines of decorated cars, the people wearing masks and the empty bleachers effectively portray how the pandemic has upended the lives of graduating high school students. This photo captures a moment in a unique time.Tim Carl
Weeklies: 4,300 & underFeature PhotoThird PlaceClaremont CourierClaremontGetting creative to serve customersThe awkwardness of the nail salon customer's pose and the shoes and socks on the sidewalk poignantly illustrate how small businesses and the community are coping with the pandemic. Solid newsy feature photo.Peter Weinberger
Weeklies: 4,300 & underFeature PhotoFourth PlaceThe Weekly CalistoganCalistogaCalistoga Native Sons, Daughter's CrabfeedThe woman's expression and outfit help make this photo into a joyful moment in time.Tim Carl
Weeklies: 4,300 & underFeature PhotoFifth PlaceThe Desert ReviewBrawleyGas-mask gradThe graduating senior in a gas mask could be seen as either playful or cynical, and the ambiguity makes it a little bit meta.Katherine Ramos
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000News PhotoFirst PlaceThe Bakersfield CalifornianBakersfieldA devastating fire at Tina Marie'sThe vertical framing and use of light capture the destruction and loss to the fabric of a community.Alex Horvath
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000News PhotoSecond PlaceDaily PilotFountain ValleyPrayer for KobeThe photo captures a solemn moment with a pleasing visual symmetry.Don Leach
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000News PhotoThird PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoSomeone to look over youA nice combination of a familiar religious icon with an of-the-moment figure - together they tell a story of this moment in time.Andy Alfaro
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000News PhotoFourth PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoCreek Fire leaves road near Shaver Lake an apocalyptic landscapeEffectively encapsulates the devastating aftermath of wildfires.Eric Zamora
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000News PhotoFifth PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: COVID-19 testing in CalexicoThe forbidding sky highlights the seriousness of the pandemic and the work of the medical staff pictured.Omar Ornelas
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of Local GovernmentFirst PlaceSanta Clara WeeklySanta ClaraCity's Missed RevenuesI loved the idea for this series looking at how much money Santa Clara was leaving on the table through poor decisions or a lack of action. The piece calculating the lost revenue from the empty 12 acres and recapping their histories was a standout. I did think it would've been nice to see some consistent labeling or branding to tie these pieces together a bit more. If it continues to be a regular series, give it a name.Carolyn Schuk, David Alexander
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of Local GovernmentSecond PlaceKenwood PressKenwoodHomeless Shelter to stay until....?Great look at how what was supposed to be a temporary solution to an immediate crisis overstayed its conceived-of end date. The piece was very fair in allowing for the wrench the coronavirus threw into everything while not minimizing the concerns of sources.Alec Peters
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of Local GovernmentThird PlaceBay Area ReporterSan FranciscoPride sweeps through Contra Costa, San Mateo countiesGreat recap of the added significance such a gesture took on during a year when a pandemic prevented people from gathering safely to celebrate Pride.Matthew S. Bajko
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of Local GovernmentFourth PlaceSanta Clara WeeklySanta ClaraCity Budget SeriesEvery weekly should have someone capable of diving into city budgets and explaining structural deficits in easily understandable ways.Carolyn Schuk
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of Local GovernmentFifth PlaceCoachella Valley IndependentCathedral CityPalm Desert RedistrictingThe first article felt a bit muddled, but the third was really what brought it home for me. As cities around the state grapple with equity in elections and the shift to district elections from at-large races, the idea of carving out one gerrymandered district for Latinos while the rest of the jurisdiction elects four at-large members certainly was a curious solution. Great job sticking with it.Kevin Fitzgerald
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of Local GovernmentFirst PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseSan Jose Quietly Drops Curfew Citations Amid Claims of Selective EnforcementFantastic look at San Jose's inconsistent, hasty and ill-conceived curfew during last spring's protests. I did think the mayor anecdote might have worked better with a briefer mention in the story and the bulk of the material broken out of a sidebar, but the reporting was rock-solid. I wish every city who arrested people for curfew violations had an outlet that had done this story.Jennifer Wadsworth
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of Local GovernmentSecond PlaceGood TimesSanta Cruz"Blue Shift"Loved this dive into predictive policing and also the balance you provided showing PredPol's efforts to avoid the "doom spiral" of arrests of disproportionate numbers of Black and brown people via officer-initiated actions. A fascinating read.Jacob Pierce
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of Local GovernmentThird PlaceMonterey County WeeklySeasideRevealing a right-wing extremist in the Pacific Grove Police DepartmentGreat legwork here diving into this officer's horrible viewpoints and the end result is he's no longer allowed to carry a gun and badge in your community. Well done.Mary Duan, Pam Marino
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of Local GovernmentFourth PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseValley Palms Landlord Agrees to Tenant Demands in Exchange for Tax-Free FinancingEnjoyed this look at a local government sticking up for regular folks and using its power to leverage improvements.Jennifer Wadsworth
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of Local GovernmentFifth PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseSouth Bay Letter Carriers Say Mail Problems Linked to USPS Cost-Cutting ExperimentNice work chronicling a local story that also became a national story in 2020. Puncturing a big bureaucracy like the USPS can be challenging, but the story delivers the goods.Jennifer Wadsworth
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underSpecial SectionFirst PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoInfo: The Year That Changed EverythingLinda Taaffe, Kristin Brown
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underSpecial SectionSecond PlaceSanta Barbara IndependentSanta BarbaraDisaster Prep GuideIndy Staff
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underSpecial SectionThird PlaceThe Business JournalFresnoDiversity in BusinessGabriel Dillard, Jessica Surrett, Ram Reyes
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underSpecial SectionFourth PlaceSan Francisco Business TimesSan FranciscoSFBT-Special-PrideIan Lawson
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underSpecial SectionFifth PlaceThe Healdsburg TribuneHealdsburgHarvest 2020Sonoma West Publishers
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFirst PlaceComstock's MagazineSacramentoVaccination Anticipation: UC Davis researchers join the global race for a COVID-19 vaccineGreat coverage on an aspect of the pandemic that we don't hear too much about. We know a vaccine was being developed and we know it's being distributed, but this piece educates the reader on the entire process, from start to finish.Jessica Laskey
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingSecond PlaceBay Area ReporterSan FranciscoFor LGBTs with disabilities, virus brings challengesThis was an interesting piece because it focuses on the disabled, who already face challenges in everyday life. Add a pandemic to the equation and their issues are compounded. This was a fresh and different perspective.Matthew S. Bajko
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingThird PlaceNorth Bay Business JournalSanta RosaDentists face impact of coronavirusGreat reporting. We hear so much about doctors and nurses, but not much about other healthcare providers and their challenges during the pandemic. This was a good approach.Cheryl Sarfaty
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFourth PlaceComstock's MagazineSacramentoHelp for the Helpers: Crises like the coronavirus pandemic increase stress, especially for first responders, but there are ways to copeWhat happens when those that help, need some help? This article gives us an idea of what healthcare professionals deal with and how they deal with it. Good job.Sena Christian
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFifth PlaceTracy PressTracyAnxiety, stress take a toll as quarantine continuesThe article is to the point. What happens during quarantine? We suffer from stress and anxiety. Where can you get help? That's covered too. Good reporting.Glenn Moore
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFirst PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoHow SLO protest leader Tianna Arata went from outsider to the middle of historyThis is a great look at a protest overall but really shines a light on one of the assumed leaders, her personal experience and how she got involved. The lead draws you in off the bat and the type of story-telling throughout the piece keeps you engaged, even though it's a long read.Mackenzie Shuman
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesSecond PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoHow once-peaceful Black Lives Matter march in SLO ended in a standoff and tear gasThe coverage was well doneCassandra Garibay, Lindsey Holden, David Middlecamp
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesThird PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelStatue of controversial Spanish missionary Serra toppled by protestersThe initial story is a different take on the protests that have been happening recently, shows a different perspective.
Overall, it was a nice progression of coverage on a local protest and subsequent related events
Adrian Rodriguez, Matthew Pera
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFourth PlaceVisalia Times-DeltaVisaliaCoverage of George Floyd death protests in VisaliaI liked the thorough coverage of the events from start to finish and how different protests were sparked from George Floyd's death. Follow up coverage overall was good.Vongni Yang , Joshua Yeager , Krya Haas, Sheyanne Romero
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFifth PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelMill Valley mayor roasted for dodge on racial justiceLike the diversity of coverage on the topic of racism stemming from comments made by the mayor. Showed a good range of coverage with different groups.
Adrian Rodriguez, Lorenzo Morotti, Keri Brenner
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000News PhotoFirst PlaceChino ChampionChinoRemains of murdered solider return homeHeartbreaking photo of a family's grief over a soldier's homicide.Josh Thompson
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000News PhotoSecond PlaceTracy PressTracyClover road structure fireThe dejection of bucket brigade citizens is perfectly captured in this moment as a structure is consumed in flames.Glenn Moore
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000News PhotoThird PlaceThe AlmanacPalo Alto'Mixed feelings' as young students return to campus in the Menlo Park school districtSubtle yet telling moment of the isolation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.Magali Gauthier
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000News PhotoFourth PlaceSan Francisco Business TimesSan FranciscoGeorge Floyd protestStrong point of view chosen by photographer to capture the social justice protests taking to the streets of the country.Todd Johnson
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000News PhotoFifth PlaceMountain View VoicePalo AltoEmpty TargetMagali Gauthier
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Profile StoryFirst PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoDefying expectations: Modesto native lands dream Broadway job as star of 'Wicked'Marijke Rowland
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Profile StorySecond PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Jesse HughesBrian Blueskye
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Profile StoryThird PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoJerry Dyer is running for Fresno mayor. As police chief, he's long been a political forceBrianna Calix
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Profile StoryFourth PlaceThe Bakersfield CalifornianBakersfieldBakersfield man overcomes act of violence, years of struggle to finally earn diplomaEma Sasic
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Profile StoryFifth PlacePress-TelegramLong BeachFrom fleeing Cambodia to helping build Mars rover, JPL engineer embodies 'perseverance'Hayley Munguia
Dailies: 15,000 & underFeature PhotoFirst PlaceLodi News-SentinelLodiGraduation joyBea Ahbeck
Dailies: 15,000 & underFeature PhotoSecond PlaceVisalia Times-DeltaVisaliaCOVID-19 fears grow into long lines and scarce suppliesRon Holman
Dailies: 15,000 & underFeature PhotoThird PlaceRedlands Daily FactsRedlandsDog Day AfternoonWatchara Phomicinda
Dailies: 15,000 & underFeature PhotoFourth PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelRescue squirrelsAlan Dep
Dailies: 15,000 & underFeature PhotoFifth PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelA ride in the shadeSherry LaVars
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of Business NewsFirst PlaceSan Francisco Business TimesSan FranciscoAmid an exodus, the Bay Area loses its lusterThis was a very informative article. The million dollar question has always been, "Why are businesses leaving California?" Read this article and you'll know why. Great reporting.Mark Calvey, Todd Johnson, Ian Lawson, Jim Gardner
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of Business NewsSecond PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseSilicon Valley's Arts Groups, Restaurateurs Struggle Through Covid QuarantineIt's not just restaurants that have been affected by the pandemic. This article touches upon all the businesses that have been affected: From arcades to movie theaters. Good read.Grace Hase
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of Business NewsThird PlaceMonterey County WeeklySeasideA reckoning for the cannabis industry.This is a great article on an interesting topic and one that definitely seems to be gaining nationwide interest, as other states consider legalizing marijuana.Mary Duan
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of Business NewsFourth PlaceBeverly Hills CourierBeverly HillsRestaurants Flaunt COVID-19 RulesThis was a great piece on what restaurant owners are dealing with during the pandemic and the lengths they'll go to in an effort to stay afloat.Samuel Braslow
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of Business NewsFifth PlaceThe Salinas CalifornianSalinas'Puro cash': Latinos are opening more small businesses than anyone else in the USGood article on a growing demographic of new business owners.Kate Cimini
Dailies: 50,001 & overProfile StoryFirst PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Theo: Homeless at Age 7A simply outstanding piece of journalism. Exemplary in every way -- research, storytelling, fairness, photography. Clearly a cut above in a group of very good entries.Sarah Ravani, Gabrielle Lurie
Dailies: 50,001 & overProfile StorySecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoFor L.A. Latinos, Whittier Boulevard is still a crossroads of change and hopeA fabulous piece of reporting detailing a neighborhood's history, present and future. A captivating read.Priscella Vega
Dailies: 50,001 & overProfile StoryThird PlaceThe Orange County RegisterAnaheimLoud in the silence: Deaf prosecutor has long fight for justiceA really fabulous series about an extraordinary person. Artfully told.Keith Sharon
Dailies: 50,001 & overProfile StoryFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoThe hottest free agent in L.A. is a 69-year-old waitress from now-closed Nate 'n Al'sA really endearing profile.Daniel Miller
Dailies: 50,001 & overProfile StoryFifth PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoSearching For AnswersA captivating story intertwining the mystery of an unsolved crime and the anguish of a mother losing a child.Dana Littlefield
Weeklies: 4,300 & underEditorial CommentFirst PlaceOjai Valley NewsOjaiOpinion: Want Justice? Take the trainLaura Rearwin Ward
Weeklies: 4,300 & underEditorial CommentSecond PlaceSt. Helena StarSt. HelenaVote.Jesse Duarte
Weeklies: 4,300 & underEditorial CommentThird PlaceHalf Moon Bay ReviewHalf Moon BayIt's past time to demilitarize our policeClay Lambert
Weeklies: 4,300 & underEditorial CommentFourth PlaceLincoln News MessengerLincolnOur View: A bright spot during the COVID-19 epidemicCarol Feineman
Weeklies: 4,300 & underEditorial CommentFifth PlaceLincoln News MessengerLincolnOur View: Dr. Sisson did her job wellCarol Feineman
Weeklies: 25,001 & overEditorial CommentFirst PlaceGrunion GazetteLong BeachRecount A NecessityThis piece, of all the columns I read, seems most likely to actually make an impact. It was about a specific issue, it presented evidence, it had a point of view. Writing was clear.Harry Saltzgaver
Weeklies: 25,001 & overEditorial CommentSecond PlaceSan Quentin NewsSan QuentinThe stark reality of prison, COVID and the public perceptionThis was the most emotionally impactful column to a broader audience. Well written.Marcus Henderson
Weeklies: 25,001 & overEditorial CommentThird PlaceCamarillo AcornCamarilloWearing us down during the holidaysThis one was funny. Kind of one long dad joke. A solid effort.Daniel Wolowicz
Weeklies: 25,001 & overEditorial CommentFourth PlaceCamarillo AcornCamarilloStudents' act was cruel and cowardlyDaniel Wolowicz
Weeklies: 25,001 & overEditorial CommentFifth PlaceSan Quentin NewsSan QuentinWhat role does society play in the development of felons?Marcus Henderson
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire Feature CoverageFirst PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseCalifornia Gets Devastating Welcome to Era of MegafiresEvocative writing with crackling verbs that transport readers to the wildfires. Focusing on a wildfire victim/resident sucks readers into the story, which also delivers vital facts from officials.Jennifer Wadsworth
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire Feature CoverageSecond PlaceThe Weekly CalistoganCalistogaGlass Fire claims Calistoga's Fairwinds Estate WineryTelling the story of the fires through one winery, this story shows the impact on owners, employees and firefighters. The writer skillfully deploys telling details, vivid scenes and unique quotes.Cynthia Sweeney
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire Feature CoverageThird PlaceThe AlmanacPalo AltoIt's eerie': Behind the lines of the CZU August Lightning firesCovering wildfires, access is key. Many residents rely on local papers to find out how their area is faring, and this story delivers, showing and telling readers what it's like behind the fire lines.Kate Bradshaw, Magali Gauthier
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire Feature CoverageFourth PlaceTracy PressTracyRancher scrambles to protect livestock, support fire crewsBy focusing on a rancher's effort to battle the fire, this story delivers a narrative that puts them on the ranch and in his shoes, while also reporting vital information from fire officials.Bob Brownne
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire Feature CoverageFifth PlaceGood TimesSanta CruzHeroes or Hindrance?This story did a masterful job of taking readers to their neighborhoods during the fire to show what neighbors were doing to fight back - and what fire officials thought of their efforts. It raised important questions and gave those with different perspectives equal space to weigh in.Jacob Pierce
Weeklies: 25,001 & overBreaking NewsFirst PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan Jose CCW Defendants Seek to Disqualify DAJennifer WadsworthTerrific examples of excellent journalism.
Weeklies: 25,001 & overBreaking NewsSecond PlaceThe AcornAgoura HillsGrossman arrested in death of two minorsJohn Loesing, Ian Bradley, Kyle JorreyTerrific examples of excellent journalism.
Weeklies: 25,001 & overBreaking NewsThird PlaceThe AcornAgoura HillsInvestigators seek clues in Kobe helicopter crashJohn Loesing, Ian Bradley, Kyle Jorrey, Christina CoxTerrific examples of excellent journalism.
Weeklies: 25,001 & overBreaking NewsFourth PlaceBeverly Hills CourierBeverly HillsRally in Beverly Hills Turns ViolentSamuel BraslowTerrific examples of excellent journalism.
Weeklies: 25,001 & overBreaking NewsFifth PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseThousands Demand Firing of San Jose Cop Filmed Antagonizing ProtestersGrace HaseTerrific examples of excellent journalism.
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Action PhotoFirst PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: UpendedGreat shot! Wonderful quality, great timing, and I love the composition of the other team surrounding the middle player.Santiago Mejia
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Action PhotoSecond PlaceThe Orange County RegisterAnaheimBig wavesThe timing of this photo is great and the photographer's choice to keep everything in focus allows the viewer to see how big the wave is in comparison to the person riding it.Mark Rightmire
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Action PhotoThird PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoTouchdown celebrationLove the emotion and action in this photo. Particularly great composition with rival team member looking at them in the background.Paul Kitagaki Jr.
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Action PhotoFourth PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoUPENDEDReally fun action shot.Paul Kitagaki Jr.
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Action PhotoFifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoMookie celebratesGreat capture of emotion. Love his body language. Great timing.Robert Gauthier
Dailies: 50,001 & overLocal Coverage of Election 2020First PlaceThe Orange County RegisterAnaheimUnofficial ballot drop boxes popping up throughout the state worry elections officialsEffective utility. Balanced voices in the story. Exposes important election issue and offers valuable insights to voters.Alicia Robinson, Brooke Staggs
Dailies: 50,001 & overLocal Coverage of Election 2020Second PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoCalifornia Latinos and 2020 electionsStrong multi-part series with voices of people who are changing leadership and voting influence in America.Gustavo Arellano
Dailies: 50,001 & overLocal Coverage of Election 2020Third PlaceThe Orange County RegisterAnaheimMail ballots in Southern CaliforniaVery useful, well-researched reporting with insights into the data and practices used to tally votes, as well as the rationale for rejecting improper voting.Teri Sforza
Dailies: 50,001 & overLocal Coverage of Election 2020Fourth PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoRecords: $100K unreportedInsightful expose and accountability piece on local leadership and allegations of misleading tax returns.Andrew Dyer
Dailies: 50,001 & overLocal Coverage of Election 2020Fifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoRising Democratic star Michael Tubbs risks reelection defeat, thanks in part to a Stockton blogGreat explanatory piece and insights into misinformation and cultural/political divide in a multi-enthnic community and race.Anita Chabria
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underFeature StoryFirst PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Siblings reunite after 74 yearsIn a category of many strong entries, this story had me captivated from the very first sentence. You occasionally see stories about family members reconnecting after a long time, but this was told in a masterful way that really showed the humanity of these two siblings. And there is the coronavirus twist thrown in -- perhaps there is a follow up for when they can actually meet again in person? Job well done.
Maria SestitoThis was an exceptionally strong set of entries. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of them and wish I could have included many more than these top 5. Great job to the entrants.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underFeature StorySecond PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelDeadly fire in Sleepy Hollow raises cell coverage concernsThe author did a wonderful job showcasing a broader problem -- how poor cellphone connection impacts a community's fire response -- through the lens of one tragic incident. The reporter clearly lays out the problem and the proposed solutions. This is the type of work that can really make a difference in readers' lives, potentially a lifesaving difference.Matthew PeraThis was an exceptionally strong set of entries. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of them and wish I could have included many more than these top 5. Great job to the entrants.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underFeature StoryThird PlaceDaily PilotFountain ValleyGoat herd helps clear up a hillside headache at OC fairgrounds amphitheaterThis was such a fun read about a very unusual situation. I especially enjoyed the little turns of phrases the writer used, like "stubborn surfaces" and "presenting a predicament." The photos helped this entry stand out. Nicely done.
Sara CardineThis was an exceptionally strong set of entries. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of them and wish I could have included many more than these top 5. Great job to the entrants.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underFeature StoryFourth PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Mining the riverThis is a good example of a reporter taking a complex problem and presenting it in an understandable way. Strong, clear writing.
Mark OlaldeThis was an exceptionally strong set of entries. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of them and wish I could have included many more than these top 5. Great job to the entrants.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underFeature StoryFifth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaWhile sheltering in place, a Napa family builds Matterhorn-inspired roller coasterOf all the stories detailing the unique ways that people passed the time during the pandemic, this is surely one of the most memorable. A great story about a very cool project, and I especially loved that the accompanying photos and video give an inside look at the roller coaster.Jennifer HuffmanThis was an exceptionally strong set of entries. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of them and wish I could have included many more than these top 5. Great job to the entrants.
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoNot a fair fight in the ERA gripping profile, beautifully written. There's an artful simplicity to the prose in this piece that amplifies the haunting subject matter. Wonderfully done. Photos are fantastic, too.Thomas Curwen
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoThis 81-year-old was L.A.'s most devoted museum-goer until COVID-19 shuttered cultural institutionsAn absolutely lovely piece and a needed salve for this time. Just a wonderful and engrossing read.Deborah Vankin
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesThird PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl Segundo'My mom died last night.' A teacher lost to COVID-19, leaving a young son and so many others reelingA very poignant and personal story of loss. A beautifully moving tribute.Hailey Branson-Potts
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesFourth PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseThe doctor who shut it all downAn engrossing behind the scenes look at an unprecedented decision and the doctor who made it. A fascinating story with great pacing.Julia Prodis Sulek
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesFifth PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Coronavirus Survivor's DiaryA powerful first-hand account of a bout with COVID-19. Wonderful graphic and multi-media elements.Matthias Gafni
Dailies: 15,000 & underNews PhotoFirst PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoConnecting through the glassInteresting composition. Shows a moment that everyone can relate to -- being separated from loved ones during this pandemic.David Middlecamp
Dailies: 15,000 & underNews PhotoSecond PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoStand by meStrong capture of an important, emotional moment. The viewer's eye goes directly to LeiYahna and Josephine comforting each other.David Middlecamp
Dailies: 15,000 & underNews PhotoThird PlaceDaily PressVictorvilleA hospital on the brinkGood example of a strong wide shot. The viewer is first drawn to the nurse tending to a patient, but then is able to gather information about the whole scene by looking into the background of the photo.James Quigg
Dailies: 15,000 & underNews PhotoFourth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaJudge Monique Langhorne wins electionGood emotion captured.Howard yune
Dailies: 15,000 & underNews PhotoFifth PlaceThe ReporterVacavilleMobile GraduationI like this photo because it captures a good moment that shows one of the many ways we've had to adjust to the pandemic.Joel Rosenbaum
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underArts & Entertainment CoverageFirst PlaceCoachella Valley IndependentCathedral CityCoachella Valley Independent Arts and Entertainment CoverageExcellent writing, captures the soul of the community, good design, lots of sophisticated advertising. These elements set this section apart.StaffSolid, engaging entertainment sections keep their pulse on arts and entertainment in their region, with lots of reader-friendly fun elements and tools readers can use such as movie listings and extensive calendars.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underArts & Entertainment CoverageSecond PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoPalo Alto Weekly Arts & Entertainment sections of Feb. 21 and 28 2020Excellent graphic design, good writing, diverse topics, books, movie listings, art gallery, music, dance, dining.Karla Kane, Elena KadvanySolid, engaging entertainment sections keep their pulse on arts and entertainment in their region, with lots of reader-friendly fun elements and tools readers can use such as movie listings and extensive calendars.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underArts & Entertainment CoverageThird PlaceNorth Coast JournalEurekaA&E CoverageExtensive calendar, engaging writing and design.NCJ StaffSolid, engaging entertainment sections keep their pulse on arts and entertainment in their region, with lots of reader-friendly fun elements and tools readers can use such as movie listings and extensive calendars.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underArts & Entertainment CoverageFourth PlaceDel Mar TimesSolana BeachArts & Entertainment CoverageCommunity based, good range in article subject matter.Del Mar Times staffSolid, engaging entertainment sections keep their pulse on arts and entertainment in their region, with lots of reader-friendly fun elements and tools readers can use such as movie listings and extensive calendars.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underArts & Entertainment CoverageFifth PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseStarving Artists 2.0/Dashboard ObsessionalCreatively packaged, edgy.Steve Palopoli, Wallace Baine, Janice Bitters, Kara BrownSolid, engaging entertainment sections keep their pulse on arts and entertainment in their region, with lots of reader-friendly fun elements and tools readers can use such as movie listings and extensive calendars.
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underNews PhotoFirst PlaceThe Trinity JournalWeavervilleFiery crashAmazing, action-driven shot with drama and a brilliant moment in time.Tony Reed
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underNews PhotoSecond PlaceAlianza Metropolitan NewsProtestas raciales en San Jose, CaliforniaGreat contrast between protesters and police.Rossana Drumond
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underNews PhotoThird PlaceAuburn JournalAuburnProtest hits AuburnAmazing piece of photojournalism that tells the story of racial justice advocacy through imagesStacey Adams
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underNews PhotoFourth PlaceAlianza Metropolitan NewsProtestas Raciales San JoseCaptures expression through protest movement, signs and masksRossana Drumond
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underNews PhotoFifth PlaceThe Morgan Hill TimesMorgan HillRitual from a distanceRare shot of a ritual, and a unique snapshot of 2020.Dan Pulcrano
Weeklies: 4,300 & underGeneral ExcellenceFirst PlaceHalf Moon Bay ReviewHalf Moon BaySept. 2 and Sept. 9, 2020Two solid editions from a newspaper with an array of informative and interesting elements throughout. I like the clean layout with clear story kickers; the photo of the week; and the well-executed feature on what a number of local places are named after. The column on COVID-19 answering messages from Louie Castoria had me laughing out loud. All and all, fine work and enjoyable newspapers.Staff
Weeklies: 4,300 & underGeneral ExcellenceSecond PlaceThe ArkTiburonSept. 2 & 9, 2020The two editions are centered on a controversial police interaction with local business owners. The Ark provides comprehensive coverage of the incident and community reaction. The opinion page also gave local readers the opportunity to weigh in. A clean design helped this publication stand out.
Ark Staff
Weeklies: 4,300 & underGeneral ExcellenceThird PlaceSt. Helena StarSt. HelenaSt. Helena Star, September 10-17The St. Helena Star is full of useful information for readers, from an article on how to avoid heat illness to another on how to find mental health in the local area. A good design with enjoyable articles.
Jesse Duarte
Weeklies: 4,300 & underGeneral ExcellenceFourth PlaceThe Trinity JournalWeavervilleThe Trinity Journal -- Feb. 5 and 12Interesting perspective on the "slidin' away" A1 pictures. A robust opinion page and a clean design throughout.Staff
Weeklies: 4,300 & underGeneral ExcellenceFifth PlaceLincoln News MessengerLincolnLincoln News Messenger Sept. 14 and Sept. 24, 2020Lots of admirable elements in these editions, including the history column, a "virtual word on the street" column and the "Our Town" community series.Carol Feineman, Matthew Nobert, Shaden Solanji
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFirst PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaFacing staggering losses, Napa's hospitality and service sectors discover insurers won't payThere is a real "next level" element to this angle. Insightful take on an overlooked story, great reporting.Sarah Klearman
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutSecond PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelPandemic intensifies poverty in Marin's Latino communityExcellent, genuinely moving human interest angle highlighted by solid writing.Lorenzo Morotti
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutThird PlaceMonterey HeraldMontereyHospitality industry faces a bleaker holiday seasonJames Herrera
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFourth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaCOVID-19 could permanently reshape the business of wine in Napa ValleySarah Klearman
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFifth PlaceSanta Cruz SentinelSanta CruzActivists draw shelter battle linesJessica A. York
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Sports Feature StoryFirst PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Andrew John on tennis and social changeInteresting and relevant story, using the 50th anniversary of the Original 9 in women's tennis and tying it nicely with current events. Story flowed well and kept my interest.Andrew JohnSeveral interesting stories, even among those not in the top five. Most of the writers did a nice job in telling their respective stories.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Sports Feature StorySecond PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaA teammate gone (June 6, 2020)Interesting and tragic story that was a bit broader in scope than the headline and photos suggested. But there were many good quotes from the coach and it held my interest to the end.Phil BarberSeveral interesting stories, even among those not in the top five. Most of the writers did a nice job in telling their respective stories.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Sports Feature StoryThird PlaceThe Bakersfield CalifornianBakersfieldA rewarding journey: Homeless as a child, Liberty's Garcia has devoted life to mentoring others as a wrestling coachWell written with a good narrative. The sources painted a vivid picture of what the wrestling coach's life was like growing up. It would have been nice to have heard from a player or two Garcia has coached in the past or is currently coaching and how he has impacted their lives.Ron StappSeveral interesting stories, even among those not in the top five. Most of the writers did a nice job in telling their respective stories.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Sports Feature StoryFourth PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoWhile high school participation continues to decline, one girls sport is thrivingA subject that has been covered quite a lot in recent years, but this was a good update on how the sport of girls wrestling continues to gain in interest and popularity. The story combined state and national information on the sport with what was happening locally in the newspaper's readership area.Julian A. LopezSeveral interesting stories, even among those not in the top five. Most of the writers did a nice job in telling their respective stories.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Sports Feature StoryFifth PlaceThe Bakersfield CalifornianBakersfieldFamily, community left devastated by death of North High sophomoreTragic story of a young man gone too soon. Nicely written.Clay CunninghamSeveral interesting stories, even among those not in the top five. Most of the writers did a nice job in telling their respective stories.
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Wildfire News CoverageFirst PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: 2020 Wildfires CoverageComprehensive and informative coverage on a range of wildfire issues amid the pandemic.San Francisco Chronicle Staff
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Wildfire News CoverageSecond PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseThe Destruction of Big Basin, California's oldest state parkUnique content that highlights the resilience of redwoods and how they may recover, among other informative stories.Paul Rogers, Ethan Baron, Randy Vazquez
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Wildfire News CoverageThird PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoCutbacks and climate changeThe work exposes details around the debate between funding and forest manager, and complexities of preventing firefighters.Anna M. Phillips, Joseph Serna, Ruben Vives
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Wildfire News CoverageFourth PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaPress Democrat coverage of the LNU Lightning Complex and Walbridge fires, Aug. 18-30, 2020An enormous amount of work and daily, deadline driven content to inform the community.Press Democrat staff
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Wildfire News CoverageFifth PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaPress Democrat coverage of the Glass fire, Sept. 28-Oct. 11, 2020An enormous amount of work and daily, deadline driven content to inform the community.Press Democrat staff
Dailies: 50,001 & overFeature PhotoFirst PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoMasked checkup at the zooSometimes you don't second guess or overanalyze an immediate reaction to a photo. This shot of the pelican immediately popped up as an excellent photo the second the file was clicked. The photo brought one right into the moment.Daniel KimWhen judging photos by photographers from the largest dailies in the state, its likely going to be a difficult task to rank them one over another. This year was no exception. Three people, including two photojournalism instructors, viewed the entries. While we generally agreed - after viewing them separately - on the top six or so (and there were more worthy ones in addition to those six), figuring out where to rank them was a difficult job. In the end, these were choices and placements.
Dailies: 50,001 & overFeature PhotoSecond PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoSneak peek in the voting boothHumorous shot of Gov. Newsom where the photographer appears to have captured a moment that others were not meant to see.Daniel KimWhen judging photos by photographers from the largest dailies in the state, its likely going to be a difficult task to rank them one over another. This year was no exception. Three people, including two photojournalism instructors, viewed the entries. While we generally agreed - after viewing them separately - on the top six or so (and there were more worthy ones in addition to those six), figuring out where to rank them was a difficult job. In the end, these were choices and placements.
Dailies: 50,001 & overFeature PhotoThird PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoLiving With a New NormalA stolen moment with the dancing girl that conveyed the loneliness of the pandemic.Gina FerazziWhen judging photos by photographers from the largest dailies in the state, its likely going to be a difficult task to rank them one over another. This year was no exception. Three people, including two photojournalism instructors, viewed the entries. While we generally agreed - after viewing them separately - on the top six or so (and there were more worthy ones in addition to those six), figuring out where to rank them was a difficult job. In the end, these were choices and placements.
Dailies: 50,001 & overFeature PhotoFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoChristmas in the ICUAnother good photo of the loneliness and how the pandemic kept many loved ones apart, including those directly affected by the virus. We heard or read about people who would FaceTime with friends and relatives from the hospital. Here, we actually see it.Francine OrrWhen judging photos by photographers from the largest dailies in the state, its likely going to be a difficult task to rank them one over another. This year was no exception. Three people, including two photojournalism instructors, viewed the entries. While we generally agreed - after viewing them separately - on the top six or so (and there were more worthy ones in addition to those six), figuring out where to rank them was a difficult job. In the end, these were choices and placements.
Dailies: 50,001 & overFeature PhotoFifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoThe Year of Virus, a Time Like No OtherAnother of the photos that will be around and viewed 100 years from now when people look back on the 2020 pandemic.Robert GauthierWhen judging photos by photographers from the largest dailies in the state, its likely going to be a difficult task to rank them one over another. This year was no exception. Three people, including two photojournalism instructors, viewed the entries. While we generally agreed - after viewing them separately - on the top six or so (and there were more worthy ones in addition to those six), figuring out where to rank them was a difficult job. In the end, these were choices and placements.
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Youth and EducationFirst PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoNumber of failing grades soar as SLO County students struggle with distance learningTruly eye-popping reporting on the impacts of the pandemic on learning,Mackenzie Shuman
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Youth and EducationSecond PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoHow do you learn remotely with no internet? SLO County families struggle to connectExcellent presentation, strong writing and supportive facts that explains clearly the impacts of distance learning in a rural community.Lindsey Holden
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Youth and EducationThird PlaceRecord SearchlightReddingWhy Native American students are absent at higher levels in Shasta CountyVery interesting story about a subject that is all too frequently buried. Particularly timely as the country and the state grapple with racial and ethnic inequity.Nada Atieh
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Youth and EducationFourth PlaceThe Porterville RecorderPortervilleGranite HIlls make adjustments after student surveyNicely presented, clear and factual. Strong writing and a topic that was likely broadly read by the community.Nayirah Dosu
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Youth and EducationFifth PlaceSanta Maria TimesSanta Maria'Where's your passport?'Good series on racism among students and how a community is tasked with addressing it.Joe Bailey, Laura Place
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFirst PlaceGlendale News-PressLos AngelesCoverage of Protests or Racial Justice SeriesA smartly executed package of stories that offers readers a broad look at the significance of the protests while keying in on unique perspectives/voices and weaving in the city's history. Clear, excellent writing.Zane Hill, Mark Geers, Camila Castellanos
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesSecond PlaceThe ArkTiburonEight Can't WaitAn informative and well-presented look at police reform proposals, with useful links and guidance for readers seeking to educate themselves about the complex issues at hand.Hannah Weikel, Matthew Hose
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesThird PlaceCalaveras EnterpriseSan AndreasHundreds gather for Black Lives Matter protests in Angels CampA very nicely written spot story on a BLM protest. The writer includes a variety of voices and details that add depth to the story while moving along the narrative of the day's events.Dakota Morlan
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFourth PlaceThe ArkTiburonBLM protests and the Tiburon police chiefWell-reported and clearly written, offering a deep look at various angles related to the protests as they played out locally.Hannah Weikel, Emily Lavin, Deirdre McCrohan
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFifth PlaceBurbank LeaderLos AngelesProtests Demand Police ReformA well-written, informative spot piece on the protests.Christian Leonard, Camila Castellanos
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSpecial Section CoverFirst PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoSpecial Section CoversWonderful, diverse covers. The gift guide is fun and interesting, and the visual review cover portrait is fantastically powerful.Gloria Orbegozo, Cristina Byvik, Michelle Guerrero, Michael Price
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSpecial Section CoverSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoSpecial Section Cover 2020: Holiday Gift GuideVisually, three very strong covers. The gift guide one is simply beautiful. Was disappointed with how the Kobe Bryant cover dealt with the sexual assault allegation, seeming to present it as a challenge that was somehow mitigated or overcome by his winning five championships.Jamie Sholberg
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSpecial Section CoverThird PlaceAntelope Valley PressPalmdaleAV Scrapbook, Future Leaders and Hometown HeroesPamela Krogstie
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underArtistic PhotoFirst PlacePetaluma Argus-CourierPetalumaPollinatingI love that this composition illustrates the idea that bees and people have to work together to grow crops. Great shot!Crissy Pascual
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underArtistic PhotoSecond PlacePetaluma Argus-CourierPetalumaBlack Lives Matter Mural, PetalumaGreat detail shot. Love the bright of the yellow in the frame.Crissy Pascual
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underArtistic PhotoThird PlaceThe Sonoma Index-TribuneSonomaImmigrant SongsInteresting framing that connects to the subject's story.Robbi Pengelly
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underArtistic PhotoFourth PlaceThe Sonoma Index-TribuneSonoma"Sonoma's Back to the Land Zeitgeist"Terrific use of shallow depth of field.Robbi Pengelly
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underArtistic PhotoFifth PlaceThe Folsom TelegraphFolsomSolo Summer SerenityInteresting juxtaposition of someone partaking in a regular activity during such an otherworldly weather event.Bill Sullivan
Dailies: 15,000 & underColumnsFirst PlaceThe UnionGrass ValleyLast call for dadDon Rogers
Dailies: 15,000 & underColumnsSecond PlaceChico Enterprise-RecordChicoEditor's notesMike Wolcott
Dailies: 15,000 & underColumnsThird PlaceDaily PressVictorvilleBeyer's BywaysJohn R. Beyer
Dailies: 15,000 & underColumnsFourth PlaceChico Enterprise-RecordChicoCabin Fever CookbookAudria Ruscitti
Dailies: 15,000 & underColumnsFifth PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelDick Spotswood, political columnistDick Spotswood
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Business NewsFirst PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoInjuries at Fresno's Amazon warehouse double California's industry averageThis reporter noticed an unusually high number of injuries and dug deep. An in-depth report with many interviews that are not always easy to get.Manuela Tobias
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Business NewsSecond PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaBusinesses fight back (April 5, 2020)A unique angle on the many challenges facing business owners during the pandemic.Bill Swindell
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Business NewsThird PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoHomebuyers streaming to SLO County in a pandemic - pushing prices to record highsThe real estate market is booming during the pandemic. This story explores one of the many reasons on why that is.Nick Wilson, Kathe Tanner, Laura Dickinson
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Business NewsFourth PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaDealing with Debt (Oct. 25, 2020)Mary Fricker
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Business NewsFifth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaNapa's youngest financial advisor forges path to new careerJennifer Huffman
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Feature StoryFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoUCLA football remains success-starved, but no program is eating richerTop-notch reporting and research revealed numbers that left my jaw dropping after every paragraph. Checks off all the boxes in what makes for a great sports feature.Nathan Fenno, David Wharton
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Feature StorySecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoVolleyball star Hayley Hodson had it all, until blows to her head changed everythingJournalism at its finest. Poignant and engaging to the point where you feel the subject's pain. Well organized, relevant, effective use of language. Not much - if any - separated the 1st and 2nd place stories.Patrick Hruby
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Feature StoryThird PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Kaepernick and CastlemontOut of all the stories that have been written on Colin Kaepernick, this one is arguably the best. Fine job of reporting and finding an angle no one has written on.Scott Ostler
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Feature StoryFourth PlaceThe Orange County RegisterAnaheimFor Lakers support staff, the bubble has been a frantic, collaborative effortThe authors deserve plaudits for coming up with such a unique story angle and the fine level of detail and reporting. Excellent piece of work.Kyle Goon
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Feature StoryFifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoAs big leagues play amid a pandemic, memories of when barrio baseball ruled East L.A.Stellar job of writing and reporting. I felt like I was transported back to the 1940s and '50s and could picture what barrio baseball was all about.Kevin Baxter
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Local GovernmentFirst PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseWho polices the police?Thomas Peele, David DeBolt, Robert Salonga, Nico Savidge
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Local GovernmentSecond PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Overdose Crisis in S.F.Trisha Thadani, Heather Knight
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Local GovernmentThird PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoAnti-vaccine group aided effort to overturn COVID order in county where health officer quitHannah Wiley
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Local GovernmentFourth PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoSacramento councilman seeking re-election owes more than $200,000 in unpaid taxesTheresa Clift, Dale Kasler
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of Local GovernmentFifth PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoAsh Street ControversyJeff McDonald
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Feature PhotoFirst PlaceThe Press-EnterpriseRiversideDrive-by birthdayLove the emotion captured.Terry Pierson
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Feature PhotoSecond PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaKeeping The FaithStrong leading lines. Good quiet, personal moment captured.Beth Schlanker
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Feature PhotoThird PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoLemoore Naval Air Station squadrons return home after record deploymentGood emotion captured.Craig Kohlruss
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Feature PhotoFourth PlaceDaily PilotFountain ValleySupport for a VeteranGood candid moment captured.Don Leach
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Feature PhotoFifth PlaceThe Bakersfield CalifornianBakersfieldJamming with the best musiciansGood candid moment captured, particularly from the singer in the center.Alex Horvath
Dailies: 15,000 & underEditorial CommentFirst PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoA SLO County sheriff's video meant to showcase diversity and concern. It was a PR flopNice mix of stats, public opinion give a good snapshot of both how video was received and some of the area's diversity issues.
Spot-on use of screenshots to help illustrate some of the video's most troubling aspects.
Very timely and constructive; offers thoughtful points not just in how the video failed, but what elements could have made for a video that would have had a more positive impact on the community.
Stephanie FinucaneTop five were hard to choose between. Lots of very strong work.
Dailies: 15,000 & underEditorial CommentSecond PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapahttps://napavalleyregister.com/opinion/editorial/an-outstanding-way-to-serve-the-community/article_d78970c4-927d-53ce-bd37-c31ef854d9f4.htmlOriginal; surprising to find a success story in wildfire coverage.
Highly constructive, with a clear call to action.
Offers a strong analysis on how this communications model succeeded and how it could improve.
StaffTop five were hard to choose between. Lots of very strong work.
Dailies: 15,000 & underEditorial CommentThird PlaceThe UnionGrass ValleyClosed doors come natural to governmentWell-written piece; nice conversational but authoritative tone. Lots of great compelling evidence; very persuasive.The Union Editorial BoardTop five were hard to choose between. Lots of very strong work.
Dailies: 15,000 & underEditorial CommentFourth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaNapa County is the new front line on wildfireSharp writing. Photo choice is absolutely perfect to illustrate this editorial. May have needed a few more specifics on how each group of stakeholders can meaningfully participate.
StaffTop five were hard to choose between. Lots of very strong work.
Dailies: 15,000 & underEditorial CommentFifth PlaceChico Enterprise-RecordChicoChico Enterprise-Record editorialsWell-written piece. Nice tone (but maybe a few too many rhetorical questions) Persuasive. Nice touch adding government contact info at the end; an ultimate call to action.Chico Enterprise-Record Editorial BoardTop five were hard to choose between. Lots of very strong work.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Local Coverage of Election 2020First PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaSMART's future on line over divisive tax renewal (Feb. 16, 2020)Just a superb news package all around. The history of the rail system is thorough but not boring to read, and all contemporary developments are told in a sensible narrative that flows seamlessly. Photos do well to enhance a compelling story.Kevin FixlerI think these five entries are all quite strong and showcase thoughtful approaches to political stories. The reporters involved are to be complimented on their levels of research and effort put into crafting stories that are compelling and a joy to read.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Local Coverage of Election 2020Second PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Chad Mayes quit the GOP. Can he win without it?I think the writers here did an excellent job capitalizing on a relatively odd development that nevertheless had a national angle. They also took advantage of the chance to thoughtfully analyze politics beyond the party line. I was compelled to see how Hayes fared in November.Sam Metz, Mark OlaldeI think these five entries are all quite strong and showcase thoughtful approaches to political stories. The reporters involved are to be complimented on their levels of research and effort put into crafting stories that are compelling and a joy to read.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Local Coverage of Election 2020Third PlaceThe Press-EnterpriseRiversideWho's knocking on my door? Coronavirus changes Inland candidates' campaign tacticsThis did a really nice job of illustrating a part of campaigning we don't often read about, made all the more interesting by the pandemic. The writer did a nice job of diversifying sources here.Jeff HorsemanI think these five entries are all quite strong and showcase thoughtful approaches to political stories. The reporters involved are to be complimented on their levels of research and effort put into crafting stories that are compelling and a joy to read.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Local Coverage of Election 2020Fourth PlaceDaily BreezeEl SegundoWest Basin water board incumbent Don Dear faces questions of electioneeringThis might be one of the oddest political stories I've read in a while, and I appreciated the almost whimsical tone it was written with. These are awkward stories to write, so it reflects well on the writer that he got the sources he did.David RosenfeldI think these five entries are all quite strong and showcase thoughtful approaches to political stories. The reporters involved are to be complimented on their levels of research and effort put into crafting stories that are compelling and a joy to read.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Local Coverage of Election 2020Fifth PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoGOP candidate says he lives in Turlock. Opponent and some neighbors say something elseIt was clear that a lot of work went into both researching for this story and in presenting it in an easy-to-read fashion. Kudos as well to the reporter for persevering and getting the sources he did.Kevin ValineI think these five entries are all quite strong and showcase thoughtful approaches to political stories. The reporters involved are to be complimented on their levels of research and effort put into crafting stories that are compelling and a joy to read.
Dailies: 50,001 & overIn-Depth ReportingFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoA Toxic Secret Lurks in Deep SeaThe energetic writing, dramatic imagery and immersive online presentation make this DDT story a truly cinematic read. It has all the elements of an adventure pic, expertly reconstructing decades of heart-pounding discoveries and disappointments associated with this complicated and controversial topic -- while also explaining its relevance today.Rosanna XiaGreat job by all!
Dailies: 50,001 & overIn-Depth ReportingSecond PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoMissing in MexicoThe pain of parents searching for their missing children is palpable in this series. The descriptions of families literally digging for the remains of their loved ones is visceral, heartbreaking and unforgettable.Wendy Fry, Alejandro Tamayo, Alexandra MendozaGreat job by all!
Dailies: 50,001 & overIn-Depth ReportingThird PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Delta on the EdgeThe compelling interviews with the people whose lives and livelihoods will be most affected by proposed changes to the Delta really bring this story to life. Lots of terrific drone and still photography add to the impact and help the reader understand the scope of the evolving challenges of this important area.Kurtis Alexander, Santiago Mejia, Carlos Avila GonzalesGreat job by all!
Dailies: 50,001 & overIn-Depth ReportingFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoYou see the warnings everywhere. But does Prop. 65 really protect you?A fascinating look at how a well-intentioned proposition morphed into a money-making machine. Clear, concise explanations make this topic easy for readers to follow and understand.Geoffrey MohanGreat job by all!
Dailies: 50,001 & overIn-Depth ReportingFifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoL.A.'s storied Magic Castle shaken by allegations of sexual misconduct, racismThis well-researched story reveals a much darker side to a familiar landmark. Stark details from multiple lawsuits and strong interviews make this a truly absorbing read.Daniel Miller, Amy KaufmanGreat job by all!
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPhotojournalismFirst PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Photojournalism PortfolioExemplary photography. The portraits are striking. The medium shots are layered and nuanced.San Francisco Chronicle Photo Team
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPhotojournalismSecond PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JosePhotography by The Mercury News and East Bay Times photo staffAbsolutely stunning imagery.The Mercury News/East Bay Times photo staff
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPhotojournalismThird PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoThe San Diego Union-Tribune photojournalism entryGreat diversity of imagery.Union-Tribune staff
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPhotojournalismFourth PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: PhotojournalismStrong compositions and diversity of imagery.Jay Calderon, Omar Ornelas, Taya Gray, Vickie Connor
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPhotojournalismFifth PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoTribune photojournalism pagesLove all the different kinds of images that are produced by the photographers.David Middlecamp
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSports Feature PhotoFirst PlacePasadena Star-NewsPasadenaParking lot celebrationThere are not enough superlatives to describe this gem of a photo. As good as it gets.Keith Birmingham
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSports Feature PhotoSecond PlaceThe Bakersfield CalifornianBakersfieldCatching some airVisually stunning and technically superior, a winning photo by any standard.Alex Horvath
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSports Feature PhotoThird PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoCatching spring trainingAbsolute brilliance in how the photographer captured the glow of the sun in between the catcher's face and glove.David Middlecamp
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSports Feature PhotoFourth PlaceLos Angeles Daily NewsWoodland HillsGoodbye, KobePhotographer did a superb job of telling a story. Excellent work.Hans Gutknecht
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSports Feature PhotoFifth PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelSharing a laughSherry LaVars
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSpecial SectionFirst PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Operation LimelightJason Fagone, John Blanchard, Alex Fong
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSpecial SectionSecond PlaceSanta Maria TimesSanta MariaWildfire County/Preparing for the next big blazeMike Hodgson, Willis Jacobson, Emily Slater, Len Wood
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSpecial SectionThird PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoGame Changers: A Celebration of Women in SportsL.A. Times Staff
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSpecial SectionFourth PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan Diego2020: A visual reviewMIchael Price, Sam Hodgson
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underSpecial SectionFifth PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaThe Year in Pictures (Jan. 26, 2020)Press Democrat staff
Weeklies: 25,001 & overFeature StoryFirst PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoNine days in the wildernessSuper compelling story and so well written. I was riveted from the beginning to the end. Great use of their quotes.An amazing variety of features.
Weeklies: 25,001 & overFeature StorySecond PlaceGood TimesSanta CruzShooting For ChangeWell written story on an important topic. A different kind of COVID story.Alisha GreenAn amazing variety of features.
Weeklies: 25,001 & overFeature StoryThird PlaceGood TimesSanta CruzWild ThingsLively writing that made me laugh out loud.Steve PalopoliAn amazing variety of features.
Weeklies: 25,001 & overFeature StoryFourth PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseVictims of Church Stabbing Join Soaring Death Toll Among Silicon Valley's HomelessHeartbreaking story, well told.Jennifer WadsworthAn amazing variety of features.
Weeklies: 25,001 & overFeature StoryFifth PlaceSanta Barbara IndependentSanta BarbaraChannel Islands Shipwrecks Tell Stories of Heroism, Heartbreak, and High-Seas ScalawaggeryComprehensive and interesting guide on an unexpected topic.Tyler HaydenAn amazing variety of features.
Weeklies: 25,001 & overEnterprise News Story or SeriesFirst PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseRacism in the Streets: How Homelessness Became a Civil Rights Issue in South BayThis gripping story takes startling statistics and expertly weaves in moving human perspectives and historic context. The result is an important look at one of the most critical issues facing the nation.Grace Hase
Weeklies: 25,001 & overEnterprise News Story or SeriesSecond PlaceSanta Barbara IndependentSanta BarbaraIs Highway 154 the Blood Alley We All Think It Is?Great idea to look at a decade's worth of data to debunk a longstanding belief that one stretch of highway was one of the deadliest. Searchable database is also a helpful resource for readers wanting to delve into the issue on their own.Tyler Hayden
Weeklies: 25,001 & overEnterprise News Story or SeriesThird PlaceThousand Oaks AcornAgoura HillsBorderline Second AnniversaryThis series compassionately presents the raw emotions, grief and heartbreak of survivors of the horrific Borderline shooting. Describing the background of the memorial sculptures and the touching anniversary tribute reveal the lasting pain felt throughout the community.Dawn Megli, Michael Coons, Richard Gillard
Weeklies: 25,001 & overEnterprise News Story or SeriesFourth PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoSilicon Valley's underground food movement is driven by Instagram and COVID economicsA nicely told story peeling away the challenges facing those selling homemade food to make money during the pandemic. Interviews with several home cooks facing licensing challenges and strong photos helped turn what could have been a bureaucratic piece into a compelling read.Elena Kadvany
Weeklies: 25,001 & overEnterprise News Story or SeriesFifth PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseDelays, Barriers Plague Santa Clara County's Quarantine SubsidiesA vivid look at the frustrations faced by those who need help the most during the pandemic, and the hardworking people who are trying to bridge the gap. Moving interviews and dramatic statistics make for an impactful read.Jennifer Wadsworth
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000General ExcellenceFirst PlacePetaluma Argus-CourierPetalumaPetaluma Argus-CourierI love the layout. None of the stories on the cover seem forced or fighting for space. I love the Opinion page; the cartoon, Other News, Editorial, and I love the title Pulse of Petaluma, I can imagine myself with a hot cup of coffee, relaxing and reading this.

Good editing and design.
You're knocking it out of the park.
One more thing: congratulations on actually having a sports section as well. In a time when some organizations have downsized and moved their sports columnists to other sections, it seems to me you have kept true.
Celebrate the press!
Congratulations Petaluma Argus!
Argus-Courier TeamWhat a category! Very close and competitive.


Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000General ExcellenceSecond PlaceThe Folsom TelegraphFolsomGeneral Excellence TelegraphThis is an exciting newspaper.
I absolutely love the design and layout; without crowding, I see so many stories and photos on the front page.
Great writing throughout! Photos work well with copy.
It appears you have an actual professional photographer on staff? Unsure, but the photos look good, keep to this, keep from too many contributed photos.
The Junior Journal is an awesome idea!
Love the Sports section as well, it?s more than a single page.
Local coverage is very good here, I love the quality of writing.
With so much to do in Sacramento, a Dining and Entertainment is crucial, you?ve established it here.
Great work!
Bill Sullivan, Matt Long, Amanda Rowland, Carol FeinemanWhat a category! Very close and competitive.


Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000General ExcellenceThird PlaceThe Sonoma Index-TribuneSonomaSonoma Index-TribuneStories and photos hold well with each other on front page. I like the one, two teasers at top of front page.
Headlines "Spotlight on Housing" and "Slipping Through Their Fingers" coupled with effective journalistic photos make for a great front page. Drew me in.
It's a great publication.
Sonoma Index-Tribune editorial staffWhat a category! Very close and competitive.


Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000General ExcellenceFourth PlaceSierra SunTruckeeI glanced at the skiers somersaults, read the header "Killing It?" and this captured
my attention throughout.Nicely written pieces on the Opinion pages, Sports and Outdoors. There's so much here in one publication.
Sierra Sun staffWhat a category! Very close and competitive.


Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000General ExcellenceFifth PlaceSanta Paula TimesSanta PaulaSanta Paula Times competesLove the diverse coverage on the front page.
Great local coverage.
Very nice work!
Peggy KellyWhat a category! Very close and competitive.


Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000General ExcellenceFirst PlaceCoachella Valley IndependentCathedral CityCoachella Valley Independent General ExcellenceStaff
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000General ExcellenceSecond PlaceComstock's MagazineSacramentoComstock's magazineTom Couzens, Sena Christian, Carly Carnejo, Shoka
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000General ExcellenceThird PlaceMountain View VoicePalo AltoMountain View Voice Feb. 7 and Feb. 14staff
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000General ExcellenceFourth PlaceMoorpark AcornCamarilloMoorpark AcornStaff
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000General ExcellenceFifth PlaceThe AlmanacPalo AltoThe Almanac, Sept. 11 and Sept. 18staff
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Local GovernmentFirst PlaceRecord SearchlightReddingDying InsideMatt Brannon
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Local GovernmentSecond PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoSLO County police agencies make big gains in diversity. And one is leading the wayMatt Fountain
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Local GovernmentThird PlaceThe UnionGrass ValleyTree clearing an obstacle for microgridJohn Orona
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Local GovernmentFourth PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelMill Valley mayor roasted for dodge on racial justiceAdrian Rodriguez, Lorenzo Morotti, Keri Brenner
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Local GovernmentFifth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaThese 'islands' of land appear to be within the city of Napa, but they are notHoward Yune
Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire News CoverageFirst PlaceThe ArkTiburonS. Marin fire district to introduce drone programGreat comprehensive coverage. The concise, crisp sentences and quotes made it stand out. The background added to an informed backdrop.Hannah WeikelAll the entries were strong in their own way, but some stood out more than others in terms of detail, structure and presentation. I appreciate the follow up pieces: Parts 1, 2 and 3 because it required follow through from the reporters.
Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire News CoverageSecond PlaceThe ArkTiburonPG&E: New microgrids may prevent shutoffs on peninsulaVery informative and helpful story for the community.Hannah WeikelAll the entries were strong in their own way, but some stood out more than others in terms of detail, structure and presentation. I appreciate the follow up pieces: Parts 1, 2 and 3 because it required follow through from the reporters.
Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire News CoverageThird PlaceKing City RustlerKing City"Returning Home"; "Smoke Fills Air"; "Air Quality Degrades"Timely, welcomed news. Very well crafted articleRyan CronkAll the entries were strong in their own way, but some stood out more than others in terms of detail, structure and presentation. I appreciate the follow up pieces: Parts 1, 2 and 3 because it required follow through from the reporters.
Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire News CoverageFourth PlaceThe Weekly CalistoganCalistogaCalistoga escapes damage from LNU Complex Fires, others not so fortunateNice clear story with relevant details and timely for the audienceCynthia SweeneyAll the entries were strong in their own way, but some stood out more than others in terms of detail, structure and presentation. I appreciate the follow up pieces: Parts 1, 2 and 3 because it required follow through from the reporters.
Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire News CoverageFifth PlaceThe Trinity JournalWeavervilleAugust Complex passes million-acre markAwesome background and insight into alternative arrangements for fairground use and government contracting; the first mention I saw of it. Clear paragraphs but needed a bit more quotesTony ReedAll the entries were strong in their own way, but some stood out more than others in terms of detail, structure and presentation. I appreciate the follow up pieces: Parts 1, 2 and 3 because it required follow through from the reporters.
Weeklies: 25,001 & overWildfire News CoverageFirst PlaceMonterey County WeeklySeasideThree fires that started in three days in Monterey County in 2020 A strong overall report that best served readers when they most needed fire reporting.Monterey County Weekly staff
Weeklies: 25,001 & overWildfire News CoverageSecond PlaceBrentwood PressBrentwoodLightning strikes spark area firesVibrant writing with up to date information from reliable sources provided readers with hyper-local information during the fire emergency.Tony Kukulich
Weeklies: 25,001 & overWildfire News CoverageThird PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseSouth Bay Sees Bizarre 'Mini Boom' as Thousands of Fire Evacuees Pour into DTSJThis story deftly addressed two disasters: the wildfires and the economic impact on evacuated families. Shoe leather reporting and photos elevated the voices of residents at a time when they needed to be seen and heard; their plight addressed.Janice Bitters
Weeklies: 25,001 & overWildfire News CoverageFourth PlaceGood TimesSanta CruzBurned After ReadingA thoughtful take that provided context during the wildfires for local readers.Jacob Pierce
Weeklies: 25,001 & overWildfire News CoverageFifth PlaceThe Salinas CalifornianSalinasWildfire coverageKate Cimini
Dailies: 15,000 & underBreaking NewsFirst PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis Obispo'This was not a win.' Paso Robles manhunt ends with suspect dead, officers woundedStellar reporting and writing. Excellent coverage.Nick Wilson, Matt Fountain, Lindsey Holden, Cassandra Garibay
Dailies: 15,000 & underBreaking NewsSecond PlaceVisalia Times-DeltaVisaliaCoverage of Porterville library arson fireCompelling coverage.Joshua Yea, Sheyanne Romero, James Ward
Dailies: 15,000 & underBreaking NewsThird PlaceThe San Bernardino SunSan BernardinoFBI reassembles shredded plan for 2015 San Bernardino terrorist shootingBrian Rokos
Dailies: 15,000 & underBreaking NewsFourth PlaceThe UnionGrass Valley'Tragic:' Man shot, killed after pointing Airsoft rifle at law enforcementLiz Kellar
Dailies: 15,000 & underBreaking NewsFifth PlaceRecord SearchlightReddingGeorge Floyd protest in ReddingRecord Searchlight staff
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Local GovernmentFirst PlaceSanta Ynez Valley StarGoletaSolvang Scolded by District AttorneyStrong accountability reporting.Raiza Giorgi
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Local GovernmentSecond PlaceThe ArkTiburonPolice chief apologizes after outcry over protest warningHannah Weikel
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Local GovernmentThird PlaceThe ArkTiburonStore owners: Late-night encounter with Tiburon police motivated by raceHannah Weikel
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Local GovernmentFourth PlaceThe ArkTiburonBelvedere pushing ahead with plans to upgrade seawallsHannah Weikel, Kevin Hessel
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Local GovernmentFifth PlaceThe Weekly CalistoganCalistogaCalistoga takes PG&E to task over power outagesCynthia Sweeney
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Investigative ReportingFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoFumed OutThe Times exposed a terrifyingly widespread problem that you've probably never heard about. The industry's response to the "tobacco and asbestos of aviation" is especially galling, and the reporters laid bare the inconsistencies of the industry's arguments, cutting them down through the use of public records and internal documents that show the industry's feeble attempts to have its cake and eat it too. Exceptionally well reported, presented and written. A clear winner.Kiera Feldman
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Investigative ReportingSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoA Gruesome BetrayalGruesome, disgusting and shocking - the tale of how Marc Ching built his animal activist nonprofit is antithetical to the persona he built. Through dogged reporting across multiple continents, the Times exposed Ching as the conman he is. While the butchers' stories should have been enough to bury Ching's organization, the Times didn't stop there. Reporters dug into this financial dealings and sham veterinary practices to serve up an angle prosecutors couldn't ignore. Kudos to the Times for exposing this fraud.Paul Pringle, Alene Tchekmedyian, David Pierson
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Investigative ReportingThird PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: The Suspect Next DoorA compellingly told story about one man, a kid really, that illustrates the larger problem of false confessions from the developmentally disabled and police's inability to admit or even consider that they were wrong. This piece did what prosecutors have failed or refused to do - it showed Michael Alexander was innocent. I can only imagine what this piece means for Alexander and his family - while the Chronicle couldn't give him back the more than three years he spent in jail, clearing his name is the next best thing.Matthias Gafni,
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Investigative ReportingFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoDeadly DelaysJack Dolan, Brittny Mejia
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Investigative ReportingFifth PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Far from Home, Far from SafeJoaquin Palomino, Cynthia Dizikes, Sara Tiano
Dailies: 50,001 & overEnterprise News Story or SeriesFirst PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: ThroughlineSan Francisco Chronicle's Throughline special report is enterprise reporting and page design at its best. The "bit of fiction" on Page 6 is a delightful touch.Sarah Feldberg, Robert Morast, Alex Fong, San Francisco Chronicle Staff
Dailies: 50,001 & overEnterprise News Story or SeriesSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoA Toxic Secret Lurks in Deep SeaThe Los Angeles Times' Toxic Secret is deeply reported as it shows the casual response to an environmental disaster. The online presentation stands out in this category.Rosanna Xia
Dailies: 50,001 & overEnterprise News Story or SeriesThird PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoFaces of the Arts ShutdownFaces of the Art strikes a chord with its real people/real problems focus. The photography is striking and the design bold.Pam Kragen, George Varga, Michael James Rocha
Dailies: 50,001 & overEnterprise News Story or SeriesFourth PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoMissing in MexicoThe San Diego Union-Tribute found a new twist in its Missing in Mexico series. Strong photography and story tellling.Wendy Fry, Alejandro Tamayo, Alexandra Mendoza
Dailies: 50,001 & overEnterprise News Story or SeriesFifth PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoDevin Nunes in courtThe Sacramento Bee's investigation into Devin Nunes' attorney is multi-state deep dive into public records. We are all better for its reporting.Kevin Hall, Kate Irby
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFirst PlaceThe Beach ReporterHermosa BeachWealthy white community comes to terms with its racist pastReporter Tyler Evains did an excellent job of shining a light on a local historical injustice and sticking with the story to create change. Coverage was clearly written, well-reported and took a national story onto local turf with an important angle.Tyler Evains
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesSecond PlaceEast Bay ExpressSan JoseDark NightExcellent team reporting. Very strong narrative writing and sophisticated analysis of events that went far beyond a simple recounting of the unrest to delve into what and who was behind it.D. Scot Miller, Steven Tavares, Daedalus Howell, Kara Brown
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesThird PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoA matter of justice: protests and police reform in Palo AltoReporter Gennady Sheyner writes with a clear and authoritative voice that provides both local information and the broader national context necessary to understand it. Sheyner clearly knows the beat inside and out, from the streets to City Hall, and can combine the viewpoints of citizens, police and politicians to provide comprehensive coverage. Palo Alto Weekly also showed impressive commitment to covering racial equity throughout weeks of high-profile coverage, including cover stories with excellent photography.Palo Alto Weekly staff
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFourth PlaceBeverly Hills CourierBeverly HillsEmbedded with the ProtestorsThis first hand account gave a fresh perspective and felt like the reporter was seeing events in a new way due to the embed, and was able to convey that to the reader.Samuel Braslow
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFifth PlaceBrentwood PressBrentwoodLocal protests sparked over hanging mannequinReporter did a good job of bringing in larger issues of racism to a troubling local incident.Aly Brown
Dailies: 15,000 & underLocal Coverage of Election 2020First PlaceChico Enterprise-RecordChicoA council divided, a city confusedReporter Robin Epley is a true pro for deciphering one of the most convoluted local election plans in California. With clear and lively writing - with a bit of humor thrown in - she unravels what local voters will need to know while connecting with her audience with writing that acknowledges the absurdity of the complex system without veering into opinion. The excellent graphic also gives a clear understanding with a glance and is the best of how such concepts serve readers.Robin Epley
Dailies: 15,000 & underLocal Coverage of Election 2020Second PlaceRecord SearchlightReddingElection issues in California's North StateReporter Matt Brannon turned a pat trope - that the North state is conservative - on its head with a nuanced look at pockets of liberalism in these red counties. Loved the demographic comparison to other states - a quick and insightful visual that added fun to the story. Showed real understanding of the area and was well written.Matt Brannon
Dailies: 15,000 & underLocal Coverage of Election 2020Third PlaceVisalia Times-DeltaVisaliaCalifornia GOP defiant in face of illegal ballot harvesting chargesClear and comprehensive coverage of an important and complicated election issue. Used a good variety of sources and represented all sides thoroughly.James Ward, Joshua Yeager
Dailies: 15,000 & underLocal Coverage of Election 2020Fourth PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoSLO County city councils are almost 90% white. Young voters want change, and here's howUsed comprehensive reporting to get at an issue important to young voters.Cassandra Garibay, Lindsey Holden
Dailies: 15,000 & underLocal Coverage of Election 2020Fifth PlaceThe UnionGrass ValleyMaking historyPulled out the interesting fact of the all-women majority. Good coverage of a race/issue that is hyper local.Liz Kellar
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFirst PlaceThe ArkTiburonBusinesses try to adapt during first week of new restrictionsDeirdre McCrohanAfter reading these entries, looking at layout, various topics covered, and how your communities handled the pandemic, I got the feeling I was in some of these communities struggling alongside you. Well told stories, great job telling stories that needed to be told.
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutSecond PlaceThe Weekly CalistoganCalistogaCalistoga's Azusa shoe store closing its doors, another COVID-19 casualtyCynthia SweeneyAfter reading these entries, looking at layout, various topics covered, and how your communities handled the pandemic, I got the feeling I was in some of these communities struggling alongside you. Well told stories, great job telling stories that needed to be told.
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutThird PlaceSanta Ynez Valley StarGoletaSYHS Protest for In Person LearningRaiza GiorgiAfter reading these entries, looking at layout, various topics covered, and how your communities handled the pandemic, I got the feeling I was in some of these communities struggling alongside you. Well told stories, great job telling stories that needed to be told.
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFourth PlaceThe ArkTiburonTiburon companies get millions in bailout programDeirdre McCrohanAfter reading these entries, looking at layout, various topics covered, and how your communities handled the pandemic, I got the feeling I was in some of these communities struggling alongside you. Well told stories, great job telling stories that needed to be told.
Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFifth PlaceShasta Lake BulletinShasta LakeStaycationsJon LewisAfter reading these entries, looking at layout, various topics covered, and how your communities handled the pandemic, I got the feeling I was in some of these communities struggling alongside you. Well told stories, great job telling stories that needed to be told.
Dailies: 15,000 & underEnterprise News Story or SeriesFirst PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoWhat do young SLO County voters care about the most? Here's their Citizens' AgendaWhat a neat, innovative way of engaging with readers! I loved how the project first sought to identify the issues important to the target audience and then sought out answers and solutions from the candidates for office.Kaytlyn Leslie, Cassandra Garibay
Dailies: 15,000 & underEnterprise News Story or SeriesSecond PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaLife in "The Bowl"This story was an interesting, yet non-exploitative glimpse into homeless camps that are popping up all over the place.Jennifer Huffman
Dailies: 15,000 & underEnterprise News Story or SeriesThird PlaceSanta Maria TimesSanta MariaLocal podcaster sheds new light on disappearance of Kristin SmartInteresting feature, and the podcaster angle was a neat way to breathe new life into an old story.Dave Minsky
Dailies: 15,000 & underEnterprise News Story or SeriesFourth PlaceThe San Bernardino SunSan BernardinoUnresponsive, elderly patient spent 2 hours in Loma Linda VA waiting room before deathNice job bringing to light an important oversight.Scott Schwebke
Dailies: 15,000 & underEnterprise News Story or SeriesFifth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaTraffic Tales: Taking advantage of the Vine's free rideThis series is a unique way to tackle traffic issues -- a subject that can sometimes come across as pretty pedestrian. I'm sure the readers appreciate this feature.Barry Eberling
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoFirst PlaceElk Grove CitizenElk GroveProtest Against Police Brutality Held Outside EG City HallYou look for something different when judging, and this one stood out. You captured a moment that will make anyone look with empathy and compassion and pain. Well done.Steve CrowleyStiff competition. Well done photographers. You told the story through the lens.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoSecond PlaceDana Point TimesCapistrano BeachWheels of JusticeSharp, easy to read message and strong photo crop.Lillian BoydStiff competition. Well done photographers. You told the story through the lens.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoThird PlaceThe AlmanacPalo AltoBlack Lives Matter rally targets Amazon, Facebook in calls for racial justiceMagali GauthierStiff competition. Well done photographers. You told the story through the lens.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoFourth PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoA Matter of JusticeMagali GauthierStiff competition. Well done photographers. You told the story through the lens.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoFifth PlaceThe Trinity JournalWeavervilleKneeling in respectTony ReedStiff competition. Well done photographers. You told the story through the lens.
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underPublic Service JournalismFirst PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseSJPD Officers Mock Muslims, BLM Protesters on Social MediaDeep reporting by Metro Silicon Valley staff who tracked racist comments by police on social media. In the end, 14 misdemeanor cases were dropped that involved testimony from five of those officers.Jennifer Wadsworth
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underPublic Service JournalismSecond PlaceSierra SunTruckeeDeep cleaningThe Sierra Sun shed light on trash, plastics and other material that end up in Lake Tahoe, most unusually from polyethylene sand bags. Now residents are regularly cleaning up piers, and openly protesting against tourism and urging all to stop littering.Justin Scacco, Michelle Gartner, Rebecca O'Neil
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underPublic Service JournalismThird PlaceThe ArkTiburonRace incidents lead to resignations, investigations, reform, citizen panelThe Ark's continual reporting on race incidents led to investigations, resignations,
reform and a citizen panel all in
six months.
Hannah Weikel, Deirdre McCrohan, Kevin Hessel, Matthew Hose
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underPublic Service JournalismFourth PlaceThe Salinas CalifornianSalinasCOVID-19 rips through California motel rooms of guest workers who pick nation's produceDeep records reporting by The Salinas Californian found that ag companies didn't always notify local public health departments of health outbreaks. The Californian tied it all together.Kate Cimini , Jackie Botts
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underPublic Service JournalismFifth PlaceThe Desert ReviewBrawleyLocals gather to address issues at Memory GardensThe Desert Review brought the community together to create a foundation to bring water to a neglected cemetery. Incredibly persuasive video.Kayla Kirby, Betty Miller, Laura Aguero, Joselito Villero
Weeklies: 4,300 & underFeature StoryFirst PlaceThe ArkTiburonHarbormaster works to restore order out on Richardson BayA great feature story can take a very complicated issue and present it in a way that helps everyday readers understand. This is done to perfection in this lengthy feature story -- which doesn't "feel" long at all because of the way it flows and is interspersed with descriptions and quotations. So well done. Readers were able to understand the issue and also understand the people on both sides of something that cannot be described in just a few sentences.Gretchen Lang
Weeklies: 4,300 & underFeature StorySecond PlaceSanta Ynez Valley StarGoletaYour Own BackyardThe best feature stories not only entertain but also inform. This great piece of journalism not only gives a nice look at the podcast but sheds light on new aspects of the main subject. I live on the other coast of the United States, and I had heard of this case. I imagine that for local readers, this was a great deep-dive that gave a new, fresh look.Raiza Giorgi
Weeklies: 4,300 & underFeature StoryThird PlaceAfter Five: The North State MagazineReddingSummer of '85 - A Look Back at the Filming of Stand By MeWonderful look at a movie that is still a fan favorite today. Adding the local interviews and showing the local tie-ins made this a wonderful read.Aaron Williams, Ron Harrington, Craig Harrington
Weeklies: 4,300 & underFeature StoryFourth PlaceSiskiyou Daily NewsMount ShastaEscaping from the Slater Fire: 'It was like Armageddon'When we think of feature stories, we tend to think of stories of fluffy, happy things. This is a great example of a news feature, where we can see how these folks escaped a fire, almost step by step. The story was well-written, and the related links on your Website to all the other coverage of the fire was a perfect addition for your readers.Skye Kinkade
Weeklies: 4,300 & underFeature StoryFifth PlaceThe CambrianSan Luis ObispoFirefighter uses sand art to cope with stress. Now he's beautifying SLO County beachesWell-written feature that gives me a glimpse into the work of a man whose work I didn't even know was a "thing." I felt like I personally knew this man by the time I finished the story.Kathe Tanner
Dailies: 50,001 & overFeature StoryFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoA family wonders if they should hope a loved one with COVID-19 lives or help him dieThanks for this intimate look into the question we've all been fearful that we'll have to ask in this crisis. This was a touching portrait of a family -- and helpful to readers who haven't experienced COVID themselves.Maria L. La Ganga
Dailies: 50,001 & overFeature StorySecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoThe true story of the heartthrob prince of Qatar and his time at USCIt's clear the writers did a lot of research for this one, masterfully telling the story of how a Saudi prince's privilege and money managed to cut through American culture and society. Good storytelling.Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan
Dailies: 50,001 & overFeature StoryThird PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: The Suspect Next DoorThis was an eye-opening look at how the justice system works -- or doesn't. Good storytelling, and a great use of graphics to convey information in a way the story couldn't.Matthias Gafni
Dailies: 50,001 & overFeature StoryFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoA white mom marched alone to say 'Black lives matter.' Her Black son urged her to do moreJaweed Kaleem
Dailies: 50,001 & overFeature StoryFifth PlaceThe Orange County RegisterAnaheimNo Doubt talks 'Tragic Kingdom' at 25: The tears, tours and triumphs behind the classic albumKelli Skye Fadroski
Dailies: 50,001 & overGeneral ExcellenceFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoL.A. Times for General ExcellenceStunning photography, beautifully designed pages and ads and smartly written and edited stories made the L.A. Times the first place pick for General Excellence.L.A. Times Staff
Dailies: 50,001 & overGeneral ExcellenceSecond PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoThe San Diego Union-Tribune (Sept. 6 and 7)Local news sets the San Diego Union-Tribune apart. Faces of San Diego and special sections Stage Hands, Are You Ready and NFL Preview stand out.The San Diego Union-Tribune staff
Dailies: 50,001 & overGeneral ExcellenceThird PlaceThe Orange County RegisterAnaheimThe Orange County Register, Sept. 19-20, 2020The Orange County Register's coronavirus section and its People Make Democracy Work are memorable for their simple idea and their sophisticated execution.The Orange County Register Staff
Dailies: 50,001 & overGeneral ExcellenceFourth PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: General Excellence (Sept. 6-7)The San Francisco Chronicle is delightfully surprising. From the playful graphics and work of fiction in Throughline to the b&w photography of the front line portraits to the new dining rules, there are lots of good ideas well executed here.San Francisco Chronicle Staff
Dailies: 50,001 & overGeneral ExcellenceFifth PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseNewspapers of 9-12 and 9-13The Mercury News' graphic 10 Figures authoritatively defines the pandemic to date and is one of the best ideas in the contest papers. The Mercury News is jam-packed with information, just not enough local for best of class.Mercury News staff
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Investigative ReportingFirst PlaceThe Salinas CalifornianSalinasWhy did it take a pandemic for Monterey County to remedy inequities in education?There was some strong work in this category, but no one told the human story as intimately and as detailed as Salinas.David Rodriguez
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Investigative ReportingSecond PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseVTA's Contract Missteps Risk Derailing Diridon Station ProjectGrace Hase
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Investigative ReportingThird PlaceLos Cerritos Community NewsAsm. Cristina Garcia Took Thousands From Companies Who Thirst for Central Basin Water ReceivershipBrian Hews
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Investigative ReportingFourth PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoDowntown Streets Team executives accused of sexual harassment, creating drinking cultureSue Dremann, Gennady Sheyner
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Investigative ReportingFifth PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseIncomplete Testing Data Blurs Full Picture of Covid-19 OutbreakJennifer Wadsworth
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000General ExcellenceFirst PlaceThe Bakersfield CalifornianBakersfieldThe Bakersfield Californian 2020You can't go wrong with coverage of a presidential campaign visit. The writing helped tell the story, but the photography really sang. This paper is well rounded with plenty of local coverage, a strong editorial voice and it definitely offers a general sense of place for the reader.The Bakersfield Californian
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000General ExcellenceSecond PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaThe Press Democrat, Sept. 19-20, 2020This is a newspaper's newspaper. Good mix of local news interspersed with headlines from around the nation and world. Outstanding photography, lots of ads and a good mix of voices on the opinion page.Press Democrat staff
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000General ExcellenceThird PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoThe Fresno Bee -- General Excellence entryThe Bee kept readers well informed about the fires that were ravaging Central California at the time, offering readers a sense of place as well as detailed information for readers who were more intimately affected by the blazes. Good photography, good writing.staff
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000General ExcellenceFourth PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun-General ExcellenceI loved reading through this newspaper -- the writing and photography are especially strong.Julie Makinen, Kate Franco, Matt Solinsky, Kristin Scharkey
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000General ExcellenceFifth PlaceAntelope Valley PressPalmdaleSeptember 9 and September 10, 2020Valley Press Staff
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoFirst PlaceSanta Cruz SentinelSanta CruzTaking a kneeShmuel Thaler
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoSecond PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelBLM prayerAlan Dep
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoThird PlaceVisalia Times-DeltaVisalia"Hands Up, Don't Shoot"Ron Holman
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoFourth PlaceSanta Maria TimesSanta Maria'I can't breathe'Len Wood
Dailies: 15,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoFifth PlaceRecord SearchlightReddingGeorge Floyd protest photoMatt Brannon
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Editorial CommentFirst PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoTulare County supervisor's 'tortilla' comment was racist. Apology to community is neededTad Weber
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Editorial CommentSecond PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoLet militia play army somewhere other than George Floyd protestsGarth Stapley
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Editorial CommentThird PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoFresno has a rare chance to reform police department. City leaders must not fail to leadTad Weber
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Editorial CommentFourth PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Don't fall for Prop 23Al Franco
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Editorial CommentFifth PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Sheriff, what will you do to stop the virus?Julie Makinen
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000ColumnsFirst PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoHaircuts and alcohol delivery - covering the necessities in a lockdownMarijke Rowland
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000ColumnsSecond PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoMissteps at every level; from a Congressional race to the Mayor's OfficeGarth Stapley
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000ColumnsThird PlaceThe Bakersfield CalifornianBakersfield"These threads do not break" and "It's not love at first bite - but we'll get there"Herb Benham
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000ColumnsFourth PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Julie Makinen columnsJulie Makinen
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000ColumnsFifth PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Shad Powers on the PandemicShad Powers
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFirst PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Coronavirus in PrisonsJason Fagone, Megan Cassidy
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl Segundo A choir decided to go ahead with rehearsal. Now dozens of members have COVID-19 and two are deadRichard Read
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingThird PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoSpecial Report: As cases surge, California struggles to slow COVID-19 in Latino communitiesNadia Lopez, Kim Bojórquez, Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, Rosalio Ahumada
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFourth PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseLisa Krieger coronavirus portfolioLisa M. Krieger
Dailies: 50,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoA last selfless actSoumya Karlamangla
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Feature PhotoFirst PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoDejectionPaul Kitagaki Jr.
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Feature PhotoSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoFirst Lakers game after Kobe's deathWally Skalij
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Feature PhotoThird PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoCaught in the middle of cardboard Dodger fans
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Feature PhotoFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoFans watch from afarGina Ferazzi
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Feature PhotoFifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoUsher in a sea of Kobe jerseysWally Skalij
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underArts & Entertainment CoverageFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoL.A. Times for Arts & Entertainment CoverageL.A. Times Staff
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underArts & Entertainment CoverageSecond PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoThe Show Must Go OnThe San Diego Union-Tribune Arts & Entertainment staff
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underArts & Entertainment CoverageThird PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Sunday DatebookSan Francisco Chronicle Datebook Staff
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underArts & Entertainment CoverageFourth PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseThe Weekender+ Dec 3 and Dec 10Trinity Powells, Randy McMullen
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underArts & Entertainment CoverageFifth PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaSonomaGo (Oct. 2 & 9, 2020)Press Democrat staff
Dailies: 15,000 & underAgricultural ReportingFirst PlaceLodi News-SentinelLodiA year in the life of Lucas WineryBea Ahbeck
Dailies: 15,000 & underAgricultural ReportingSecond PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis Obispo'People are really hurting right now.' How COVID-19 is hitting SLO County farm workersNick Wilson, Laura Dickinson
Dailies: 15,000 & underAgricultural ReportingThird PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaWhat's in a name? For Napa Valley's wine industry, the promise of top dollarSarah Klearman
Dailies: 15,000 & underAgricultural ReportingFourth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaCOVID-19 slashes available seasonal workers for growers in Napa and beyondSarah Klearman
Dailies: 15,000 & underAgricultural ReportingFifth PlaceVisalia Times-DeltaVisaliaFriant-Kern Canal coverageJoshua Yeager
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Breaking NewsFirst PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaPress Democrat coverage of the Glass fire, Sept. 28-Oct. 11, 2020Press Democrat staff
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Breaking NewsSecond PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaPress Democrat coverage of the LNU Lightning Complex and Walbridge fires, Aug. 18-30, 2020Press Democrat staff
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Breaking NewsThird PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Arena suddenly movedAmanda Ulrich, Melissa Daniels, Shad Powers, Brian Blueskye
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Breaking NewsFourth PlaceDaily PilotFountain ValleyBaseball community mourns the death of Orange Coast College coach John AltobelliAndrew Turner
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Breaking NewsFifth PlaceThe Modesto BeeModesto80-year-old Modestan pulls man from canal. Years earlier, he saved two from burning homeDeke Farrow
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesFirst PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Jail inmates and their families watch and waitChristopher Damien
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesSecond PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: La Quinta couple keeps love alive, separated by glassMaria Sestito
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesThird PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoPastor on ventilator at Fresno hospital survived. He wouldn't wish COVID-19 on 'worst enemy'Carmen George
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesFourth PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoHow the coronavirus killed a Turlock nursing home patient: Family recounts last daysKristin Lam
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesFifth PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoPandemic is the second hard knock on this Fresno business community, leaders sayBrianna Calix
Weeklies: 25,001 & overGeneral ExcellenceFirst PlaceGood TimesSanta CruzIssue of September 23 and September 30Distinguished by its enterprise reporting.Steve Palopoli, Alisha Green, Kara Brown
Weeklies: 25,001 & overGeneral ExcellenceSecond PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoPalo Alto WeeklyPalo Alto Weekly staff
Weeklies: 25,001 & overGeneral ExcellenceThird PlaceSanta Barbara IndependentSanta BarbaraSanta Barbara Independent: September 17 & September 24Indy Staff
Dailies: 15,000 & underWritingFirst PlaceChico Enterprise-RecordChicoA lifeline leveledCarin DorghalliThe winning entry immediately grasps the readers attention, and draws you into this deeply personal story. Throughout it is well written and illustrated. And the readers' lens zooms in and out to capture the full breadth of the story's impact
Dailies: 15,000 & underWritingSecond PlaceRecord SearchlightReddingHomeless MythsAlayna ShulmanThe winning entry immediately grasps the readers attention, and draws you into this deeply personal story. Throughout it is well written and illustrated. And the readers' lens zooms in and out to capture the full breadth of the story's impact
Dailies: 15,000 & underWritingThird PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoStores empty. Bars closed. People gone. How coronavirus silenced SLO one Thursday nightKaytlyn LeslieThe winning entry immediately grasps the readers attention, and draws you into this deeply personal story. Throughout it is well written and illustrated. And the readers' lens zooms in and out to capture the full breadth of the story's impact
Dailies: 15,000 & underWritingFourth PlaceRecord SearchlightReddingFrantic SearchMike ChapmanThe winning entry immediately grasps the readers attention, and draws you into this deeply personal story. Throughout it is well written and illustrated. And the readers' lens zooms in and out to capture the full breadth of the story's impact
Dailies: 15,000 & underWritingFifth PlacePasadena Star-NewsPasadenaWith mammoth Bobcat fire looming, firefighters draw battle lines along Mt. Wilson's steep slopesBradley BermontThe winning entry immediately grasps the readers attention, and draws you into this deeply personal story. Throughout it is well written and illustrated. And the readers' lens zooms in and out to capture the full breadth of the story's impact
Weeklies: 25,001 & overLand-Use ReportingFirst PlaceCamarillo AcornCamarilloOil seep on golf courseBrooke StanleyThe winning entry took the reader to a very local issue with a riveting portrait and framed the controversy in a national context. It was richly described, illustrated and well reported.
Weeklies: 25,001 & overLand-Use ReportingSecond PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseCatalyze SV Fights NIMBY Backlash by Forging Alliances with Residents, DevelopersGrace HaseThe winning entry took the reader to a very local issue with a riveting portrait and framed the controversy in a national context. It was richly described, illustrated and well reported.
Weeklies: 25,001 & overLand-Use ReportingThird PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseVTA's Contract Missteps Risk Derailing Diridon Station ProjectGrace HaseThe winning entry took the reader to a very local issue with a riveting portrait and framed the controversy in a national context. It was richly described, illustrated and well reported.
Weeklies: 25,001 & overLand-Use ReportingFourth PlaceGrunion GazetteLong BeachLawsuit Filed Over Dirt Dumped On Puvungna, Preservation Weighs In On Puvungna DisputeHarry SaltzgaverThe winning entry took the reader to a very local issue with a riveting portrait and framed the controversy in a national context. It was richly described, illustrated and well reported.
Weeklies: 25,001 & overLand-Use ReportingFifth PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoCan city's housing stock grow by 36%?Gennady SheynerThe winning entry took the reader to a very local issue with a riveting portrait and framed the controversy in a national context. It was richly described, illustrated and well reported.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFirst PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoLos Banos woman survived COVID-19 thanks to doctors she never met in personChrisAnna Mink
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingSecond PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoWhy one San Joaquin Valley county has stopped contact tracing as coronavirus surgesNadia Lopez, Rebecca Sohn
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingThird PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoImpact of COVID-19 on Modesto's Latino community runs deepKen Carlson, Kristin Lam, Garth Stapley
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFourth PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoFresno County tracks COVID-19 outbreaks at businesses. Why do they keep it secret?Manuela Tobias
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFifth PlaceThe Bakersfield CalifornianBakersfieldHospitals on the brink with COVID-19Stacey Shepard
Weeklies: 25,001 & overIn-Depth ReportingFirst PlaceThousand Oaks AcornAgoura HillsInvisible T.O.This was a strong and competitive division, but the Acorn nonetheless clearly stood out above the rest with its very thorough reporting, including extensive reporting from the field, and very clear writing into a topic that may be the most profound facing California today and for coming years.Dawn Megli
Weeklies: 25,001 & overIn-Depth ReportingSecond PlaceSanta Barbara IndependentSanta BarbaraOne Santa Barbara Deputy, Five Violent DeathsTyler Hayden
Weeklies: 25,001 & overIn-Depth ReportingThird PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseCalifornia Gets Devastating Welcome to Era of MegafiesJennifer Wadsworth
Weeklies: 25,001 & overIn-Depth ReportingFourth PlaceMonterey County WeeklySeasideTara Reade, Joe Biden's accuser-the local connectionMary Duan, Sara Rubin, Asaf Shalev
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFirst PlaceNorth Coast JournalEurekaPandemic falloutNCJ Staff
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutSecond PlaceSan Francisco Business TimesSan FranciscoSmall Business, Big Mission ITodd Johnson, Ian Lawson
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutThird PlaceGilroy DispatchGilroyStudents struggle with new distanced learningJuan Reyes
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFourth PlaceComstock's MagazineSacramentoOut of the Spotlight: The coronavirus pandemic has closed the curtain on performing arts, but leaders are hopeful about the futureMarcus Crowder
Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFifth PlaceFree LanceGilroyHollister Free Lance, Coverage of the Covid-19 pandemicJuan Reyes
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of Youth and EducationFirst PlaceThe Sonoma Index-TribuneSonoma"The Distance Learning Divide"Anne Ward Ernst
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of Youth and EducationSecond PlaceDana Point TimesCapistrano BeachFunding Education Facilities: Voters in San Clemente, Dana Point to Decide on Bond Measures for SchoolsLillian Boyd, Shawn Raymundo
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of Youth and EducationThird PlaceSanta Clara WeeklySanta ClaraFINS Creates New Opportunities for Often Forgotten Segment of the CommunityErika Towne
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of Youth and EducationFourth PlaceThe Sonoma Index-TribuneSonoma"Ride or Die": Youth Vow to Take Back StreetsKate Williams
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of Youth and EducationFifth PlaceDel Mar TimesSolana BeachStudents protest San Dieguito's reopening planKaren Billing
Weeklies: 4,300 & underWritingFirst PlaceThe ArkTiburon"Harbormaster works to restore order out on Richardson Bay"A timely and interesting story that nicely weaved in sights and sounds of being out on the water with the Harbormaster. The lead was engaging and drew me into the story.Gretchen Lang
Weeklies: 4,300 & underWritingSecond PlaceAfter Five: The North State MagazineReddingSummer of '85 - A Look Back at the Filming of Stand By MeA well-researched and engaging story with a lot of interesting insights from people who were there 35 years ago during the filming of the iconic movie.Aaron Williams, Ron Harrington
Weeklies: 4,300 & underWritingThird PlaceThe ArkTiburon"Tiburon girl debuts voice-acting skills in Pixar's 'Soul'"An interesting and engaging story about a girl debuting in voice acting in a big way. The story was well organized with good pacing to allow the reader to see how the girl received her big break.Hannah Weikel
Weeklies: 4,300 & underWritingFourth PlaceAfter Five: The North State MagazineReddingOh! Christmas TreesAn interesting topic for a story that offered good insights into where those massive trees come from and the man behind it all. Good details and I liked the timelines of the final quote.Aaron Williams
Weeklies: 4,300 & underWritingFifth PlaceAfter Five: The North State MagazineReddingHonoring the Greatest Generation - City Manager's World War II Home MuseumWell-researched and good use of details.Aaron Williams
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Youth and EducationFirst PlaceThe Press-EnterpriseRiversideWhat's happened since the fatal assault of Diego Stolz?Beau Yarbrough, Brian RokosThis was a very tough field to compete in this year. It could be because the spotlight was on education this year but I was impressed with every story I read. I could have made a case for all of them to be in one of the five boxes above.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Youth and EducationSecond PlaceDaily PilotFountain ValleyOrange County Board of Education seeks to redefine school reopening guidelinesSara CardineThis was a very tough field to compete in this year. It could be because the spotlight was on education this year but I was impressed with every story I read. I could have made a case for all of them to be in one of the five boxes above.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Youth and EducationThird PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaFacing difficulties in distance learning (July 19, 2020)Kerry BenefieldThis was a very tough field to compete in this year. It could be because the spotlight was on education this year but I was impressed with every story I read. I could have made a case for all of them to be in one of the five boxes above.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Youth and EducationFourth PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoCalifornia family hopes the tragic suicide death of their son can help save othersChrisAnna MinkThis was a very tough field to compete in this year. It could be because the spotlight was on education this year but I was impressed with every story I read. I could have made a case for all of them to be in one of the five boxes above.
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Coverage of Youth and EducationFifth PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Pandemic's impact on schoolsShad PowersThis was a very tough field to compete in this year. It could be because the spotlight was on education this year but I was impressed with every story I read. I could have made a case for all of them to be in one of the five boxes above.
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Wildfire Feature CoverageFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoPeople in this town didn't have much. Then fire took it awayMaria L. La Ganga
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Wildfire Feature CoverageSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl Segundo 'This monster of fire' burns a devastating path through one family's Sierra empireThomas Curwen
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Wildfire Feature CoverageThird PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresno85-year-old fled Creek Fire without husband's ashes or pets. 'My life is in that burnt area'Carmen George
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Wildfire Feature CoverageFourth PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: LNU Fire NarrativeLizzie Johnson, Matthias Gafni
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Wildfire Feature CoverageFifth PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: As Joshua Trees burn, reminders of climate changeMark Olalde
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFirst PlaceSilicon Valley Business JournalSan JoseSmall Business, Big Mission: The Silicon Valley StoryIncredible project that captures the struggles and successes of businesses during the pandemic. Strong storytelling and critical community reporting.Silicon Valley Business Journal
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutSecond PlacePetaluma Argus-CourierPetalumaCOVID in PetalumaEngaging and well written, these stories expertly show the impact of the pandemic on people and businesses.Kathryn Palmer
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutThird PlaceThe Morgan Hill TimesMorgan HillMorgan Hill Times, Covid-19 pandemic coverageStrong community reporting. Stories are clearly written and provide much needed information.Michael Moore, Erik Chalhoub, Emanuel Lee
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFourth PlaceThe Business JournalFresnoSoutheast Asian farmers face total loss in Covid falloutImportant story that provides critical insight into how the pandemic is impacting Southeast Asian farmers. Good details and strong story telling.Donald Promnitz
Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFifth PlaceNorth Bay Business JournalSanta RosaBookstores cope with virus storylineStrong community reporting highlighting the impact COVID-19 has had on bookstores.Susan Wood
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