2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

General Excellence ( Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Gilroy Dispatch
    Entry Title: 9/7/2018 & 9/14/2018
    Entry Credit: Dan Pulcrano, Barry Holtzclaw
    Judge Comment: Solid writing and very newsy stories. I like the way they approach some governmental coverage with real people and not a recitation of events. There is nice ad support. The sports stories and photos were engaging and a real bright spot. Very nice work on the 150th anniversary section! South Valley section is beautifully designed, shot and features are written well.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Mountain View Voice
    Entry Title: 9/7/2018 & 9/14/2018
    Entry Credit: Mountain View Voice Staff
    Judge Comment: Well done, all the way around. Writing is good and stories were varied; Kids in Crisis was very in-depth. I liked the graphic of answers to issues in the City Council candidates story. Some photos shine. I also appreciated the local restaurant and movie reviews. Good ad support. The design was exceptionally clean and done well.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: North Coast Journal
    Entry Title: 2/1/2018 & 2/8/2018
    Entry Credit: North Coast Journal Staff
    Judge Comment: This paper can tend to be a bit irreverent, but had a solid cover story with good graphics. I liked the hilarious “It’s Personal” column and the fun dining piece. This paper is an adventure. It’s totally engaging and covers the serious to the frivolous. I would read it every week, just for the fun of it.I wonder about other news coverage, but maybe other publications take care of that, leaving the North Coast Journal to be its own creature. It has great ad support and is friggin’ beautiful, too.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Business Times
    Entry Title: 9/14/2018 & 9/21/2018
    Entry Credit: San Francisco Business Times Staff
    Judge Comment: This is well-organized and a great look at the business world. I like the index of people on Page 2. It has a sexy design, local editorial and does a great job for its market.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Auburn Journal
    Entry Title: 9/9/2018 & 9/13/2018
    Entry Credit: Bill Sullivan, Julie Miller, Gus Thomson, Aaron Tweeton
    Judge Comment: With local editorial and cartoon and lots of guest columns, the Auburn Independent aims to reflect its community. The photos and ads are often compelling. The design is clean, even if the spacing is a bit close at times. Sports stories are solid and engaging. I enjoyed the “Not the Only One” column. Some tighter and closer editing would help, not only in stories, but in headline breaks, etc.