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|
|Weeklies: 25,001 & over||Sports Feature Story||First Place||Simi Valley Acorn||Agoura Hills||A champion pins adversity to the mat||Stanley weaves together the tale of an athlete's triumph with his eventual journey to repairing the divisions that made him such a successful wrestler. Great detail describing his living conditions, the family dynamic and good use of anecdotes to bring the story to life.||Brooke Stanley|
|Weeklies: 25,001 & over||Sports Feature Story||Second Place||Grunion Gazette||Long Beach||Matt Sutfin Flying High Even While In Goal For Rams||The juxtaposition of flying and playing goalkeeper throughout the story made it a joy to read and brought depth and dimension to this profile of a talented athlete.||JJ Fiddler|
|Weeklies: 25,001 & over||Sports Feature Story||Third Place||The Salinas Californian||Salinas||Salinas native Ruben Villa fights for a boxing world title - with a city and community behind him||Reading about Villa's background, his respect for farmworkers, and the way his community supported and rooted for him, had me vested in this story at the end to the point that I had to look up the outcome of the fight. Well done.||Ayrton Ostly|
|Weeklies: 25,001 & over||Sports Feature Story||Fourth Place||Grunion Gazette||Long Beach||The Impossible Loss Of Semaj Miller||The story illuminates the critical role sports and recreation opportunities play in communities where the scourge of street violence is everpresent, and the unintended consequences that COVID-19 precautions may have had on the safety of youth in these neighborhoods.||Mike Guardabascio|
|Weeklies: 25,001 & over||Sports Feature Story||Fifth Place||Camarillo Acorn||Camarillo||The body electric||What made this story good was the tension between the man's passion for bodybuilding and the disillusionment he eventually found with his sport. His willingness to talk about that struggle pulled the reader in and kept them reading until the end.||Eliav Appelbaum|