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JOE — California Journalism Awards Print Wildfire News Coverage Winners – Weeklies: 25,001 & over

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Wildfire News Coverage Winners

Weeklies: 25,001 & over


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: 25,001 & overWildfire News CoverageFirst PlaceMonterey County WeeklySeasideThree fires that started in three days in Monterey County in 2020A strong overall report that best served readers when they most needed fire reporting.Monterey County Weekly staff
Weeklies: 25,001 & overWildfire News CoverageSecond PlaceBrentwood PressBrentwoodLightning strikes spark area firesVibrant writing with up to date information from reliable sources provided readers with hyper-local information during the fire emergency.Tony Kukulich
Weeklies: 25,001 & overWildfire News CoverageThird PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseSouth Bay Sees Bizarre 'Mini Boom' as Thousands of Fire Evacuees Pour into DTSJThis story deftly addressed two disasters: the wildfires and the economic impact on evacuated families. Shoe leather reporting and photos elevated the voices of residents at a time when they needed to be seen and heard; their plight addressed.Janice Bitters
Weeklies: 25,001 & overWildfire News CoverageFourth PlaceGood TimesSanta CruzBurned After ReadingA thoughtful take that provided context during the wildfires for local readers.Jacob Pierce
Weeklies: 25,001 & overWildfire News CoverageFifth PlaceThe Salinas CalifornianSalinasWildfire coverageKate Cimini