2020 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

General Excellence ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Sonoma Index-Tribune
    Entry Title: Sonomanews.com
    Entry Credit: Lorna Sheridan, Christian Kallen, Robbi Pengelly, Anne Ernst, Kate Williams
    Judge Comment: This site is a gem. Strong photography, clean layout, headlines and story captions that are compelling points of entry for the devoted reader and casual grazer alike.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: sanluisobispo.com
    Entry Credit: staff
    Judge Comment: This is one of the cleanest and easy to navigate news sites I?ve seen in a long time. It?s layout and drop down menus guide readers to a deep well of news, features, sports and commentary.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Voice of OC
    Entry Title: Voice of OC
    Entry Credit: Norberto Santana, Jr.
    Judge Comment: This scrappy nonprofit website punches well above its weight. It has done exemplary work covering the pandemic in orange county, particularly its impact in disadvantaged communities even as elected officials were proclaiming ?all is well.? The site is well designed and easy to navigate, and the uncluttered content templates load quickly.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Long Beach Post
    Entry Title: Long Beach Post
    Entry Credit: Staff of the Long Beach Post
    Judge Comment: Whoa. There is so much content on this site. Tough-minded accountability reporting; informed commentary; high school and college sport coverage. But as a reader I never felt overwhelmed, and that?s a credit to the design of a site that serves its audience with gusto.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: 48hills
    Entry Title: 48hills.org
    Entry Credit: Timothy Redmond
    Judge Comment: The last several years have not been kind for the print version of the alternative press, but 48hills brings that edge and energy to mainstay topics such as development, criminal justice and city government. One real strength of its website is the rich array of arts, culture and food reviews, helped along by compelling headlines like, "4 SF beers you aren?t drinking nearly enough of."