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JOE — California Journalism Awards Print General Excellence Winners – Weeklies: 4,300 & under

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print General Excellence 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 & 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