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JOE — California Journalism Awards Print General Excellence Winners – Weeklies: 4,301 – 11,000

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print General Excellence Winners

Weeklies: 4,301 – 11,000


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: 4,301 - 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 Team
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 Feineman
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 staff
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 staff
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 Kelly