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California Journalism Awards Print Feature Story Winners – Weeklies: 4,300 & under

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Feature Story Winners

Weeklies: 4,300 & 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
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