2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Breaking News ( Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: "Store owners: Late-night encounter with Tiburon police motivated by race"
    Entry Credit: Hannah Weikel
    Judge Comment: Great balanced story. It was timely and culturally/socially relevant. The sentences were clear and powerful. The paragraph breaks logical and consistent. And the story flowed seamlessly even with the introduction of the officer's past.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: "Bay Area ordered to shelter in place"
    Entry Credit: Kevin Hessel, Emily Lavin
    Judge Comment: The story was comprehensive and well-thought out. I appreciate the care to detail and the reference to dates to establish a timeline. It was timely and relevant for the audience, and helpful to understand the parameters of the shelter-in-place order.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Clara Weekly
    Entry Title: Good Plan Brian — Second Retired Santa Clara Cop Indicted in eBay Harassment Scheme
    Entry Credit: Carolyn Schuk
    Judge Comment: This was a creatively crafted story. The back story helped connect the dots. The sentences were intentional. There wasn't any unnecessary verbiage as to the allegations against the former officers. The story helped lead to action items within the Santa Clara Community.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Clara Weekly
    Entry Title: Employees Accuse Assessor's Office of Forcing People Back to Work Regardless of County Orders
    Entry Credit: Erika Towne
    Judge Comment: Clear sentences and logical formatting. It was balanced and considerate.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Lincoln News Messenger
    Entry Title: Sun City Lincoln Hills board fires executive director Friday
    Entry Credit: Carol Feineman
    Judge Comment: It was a clear story about community politics. The writing was good. It had a lot of paraphrasing from the same source that was quoted often so it read a little slower.