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California Journalism Awards Print Breaking News Winners – Dailies: 15,000 & under

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Breaking News Winners

Dailies: 15,000 & under


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

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

A complete list of all California Journalism Award winners will be provided on May 18th.


Circ Group(s)Category NameAwardOrganizationCityEntry TitleCommentsCredits
Dailies: 15,000 & 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