2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

General Excellence ( Weeklies: 4,300 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Claremont Courier
    Entry Title: 2/2/2018 & 2/9/2018
    Entry Credit: Claremont Courier Staff
    Judge Comment: There is something for everyone here. If I lived here, I would subscribe and read every page. Very local and pretty well-written. The design and photography is good. Good writing on the police bond measure with quotes and examples that realate to real people. Ads are diverse and pretty engaging. Very attractive. And, there are a lot of them. I liked the Adventures in Haiku and the police blotter. My only real complaint was the sometimes uneven typography, which was too tightly spaced many times.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: 9/19/2018 & 9/26/2018
    Entry Credit: The Ark Staff
    Judge Comment: Attractive, clean layout. good spacing.Headlines fill the column and are well-thought out. Ads are fine, many camera-ready, many real estate. A lot of the stories are about restaurants and dining, but that may reflect the area. Witty headings one the cop items. I would have liked more diversity in the story subjects. The Home section robust, covering a lot of ground. Good ad support everywhere.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Half Moon Bay Review
    Entry Title: 9/19/2018 & 9/26/2018
    Entry Credit: Half Moon Bay Review Staff
    Judge Comment: Good writing and the headlines showed some creativity, ingenuity. Sports was aces. The design was crisp and compelling and the photos were good. The ads are attractive and clear. The editorial was very local and pointed. There are some strange vertical spacing in some headlines/stories and in stand-alone photos. For instance, headlines touch text when there was plenty of room.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: St. Helena Star
    Entry Title: 2/8/2018 & 2/15/2018
    Entry Credit: David Stoneberg, Jesse Duarte, Gus Morris, Tom Stockwell
    Judge Comment: The writing is engaging and some excellent ledes in sports. The Catholic school story was a good read. There is local editorial. Photos could use some more toning; and the ads are OK, but not overly compelling.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Trinity Journal
    Entry Title: 2/21/2018 & 2/28/2018
    Entry Credit: Trinity Journal Staff
    Judge Comment: The Trinity Journal is very newsy. I would like to see a little more relevance for the readers in the process stories (city council, etc.) The layout is clean and compelling, and there are some good photos. Good local editorial and interesting local columns. I like local sports paired with local education honors. The classifieds are solid and there are some good ads, but could use more local ad support.