To protect and serve the common interests of its newsmedia members, to help members inform and thereby strengthen their communities, and to foster the highest ideals, ethics and traditions of journalism, a free press and the news profession.
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 Name||Award||Organization||City||Entry Title||Comments||Credits|
|Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & under||Feature Story||First Place||The Desert Sun||Palm Springs||Desert Sun: Siblings reunite after 74 years||In 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 Sestito|
|Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & under||Feature Story||Second Place||Marin Independent Journal||San Rafael||Deadly fire in Sleepy Hollow raises cell coverage concerns||The 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 Pera|
|Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & under||Feature Story||Third Place||Daily Pilot||Fountain Valley||Goat herd helps clear up a hillside headache at OC fairgrounds amphitheater||This 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 Cardine|
|Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & under||Feature Story||Fourth Place||The Desert Sun||Palm Springs||Desert Sun: Mining the river||This is a good example of a reporter taking a complex problem and presenting it in an understandable way. Strong, clear writing.||Mark Olalde|
|Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & under||Feature Story||Fifth Place||Napa Valley Register||Napa||While sheltering in place, a Napa family builds Matterhorn-inspired roller coaster||Of 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 Huffman|