2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

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

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Half Moon Bay Review
    Entry Title: Sept. 2 and Sept. 9, 2020
    Entry Credit: Staff
    Judge Comment: Two solid editions from a newspaper with an array of informative and interesting elements throughout. I like the clean layout with clear story kickers; the photo of the week; and the well-executed feature on what a number of local places are named after. The column on COVID-19 answering messages from Louie Castoria had me laughing out loud. All and all, fine work and enjoyable newspapers.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: Sept. 2 & 9, 2020
    Entry Credit: Ark Staff
    Judge Comment: The two editions are centered on a controversial police interaction with local business owners. The Ark provides comprehensive coverage of the incident and community reaction. The opinion page also gave local readers the opportunity to weigh in. A clean design helped this publication stand out.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: St. Helena Star
    Entry Title: St. Helena Star, September 10-17
    Entry Credit: Jesse Duarte
    Judge Comment: The St. Helena Star is full of useful information for readers, from an article on how to avoid heat illness to another on how to find mental health in the local area. A good design with enjoyable articles.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Trinity Journal
    Entry Title: The Trinity Journal -- Feb. 5 and 12
    Entry Credit: Staff
    Judge Comment: Interesting perspective on the "slidin' away" A1 pictures. A robust opinion page and a clean design throughout.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Lincoln News Messenger
    Entry Title: Lincoln News Messenger Sept. 14 and Sept. 24, 2020
    Entry Credit: Carol Feineman, Matthew Nobert, Shaden Solanji
    Judge Comment: Lots of admirable elements in these editions, including the history column, a "virtual word on the street" column and the "Our Town" community series.