2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

General Excellence ( Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Del Mar Times
    Entry Title: Sept. 2, 2021 and Sept. 9, 2021 issues
    Entry Credit: Del Mar Times staff
    Judge Comment: The Del Mar Times is chockfull of news, more so than many, many daily broadsheets. There's a good mix of micro news of Del Mar and big-picture news of San Diego Count. Big news gets the space it needs for a deep dive and reflects strong wire editing. The homes sales by ZIP code and gala photos help make the Del Mar Times a talker. I can see how a reader might go back to the Times during the week as it might be hard to read to cover to cover in one sitting. The page design appears to be at odds with the many sophisticated ads.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Dana Point Times
    Entry Title: Dana Point Times
    Entry Credit: Lillian Boyd, Chelsie Rex, Zach Cavanagh, Shawn Raymundo
    Judge Comment: Dana Point Times lives up to its claim of being hyper-local. Lots to like here. Clean, refreshing design. Variety of news about all ages, including grom of the week. Whale fest preview was jam-packed with things to do. I especially liked that the staff picked just one pet of the week and one letter to the editor, giving the latter the room a reader needed to make and develop their point. Surf forecast is most helpful.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: North Bay Business Journal
    Entry Title: Feb. 1 and 8, 2021, issues
    Entry Credit: Susan Wood, Cheryl Sarfaty, Jeff Quackenbush, Steve Musal
    Judge Comment: North Bay Business Journal knows how to promote itself with terrific house ads that showcase content, which stands out. The infographic on local hotel development was the best infographic in this category. Lots of people news. Strong themed issues.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Sonoma Index-Tribune
    Entry Title: The Sonoma Index-Tribune
    Entry Credit: Index-Tribune Editorial Team
    Judge Comment: The Sonoma Index-Tribune's 82-page entry included its Best of Sonoma People's Choice Awards. Kudos that each of that the majority of the special section's pages lead with a staff photo. Strong design through out, especially "Chic chick shots" of people with fancy chickens. The ad "Mister for mayor," to solicit shelter donation, was a hoot. Excellent water-use story on how Sonoma uses up to twice as much per capita as neighboring communities. Good thinking to include "Water intensive crops" box of comparison with cannabis water use. The second entry was lackluster in comparison or the Index-Tribune would have been placed higher.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Petaluma Argus-Courier
    Entry Title: Petaluma Argus-Courier
    Entry Credit: Argus-Courier staff
    Judge Comment: Petaluma Argus-Courier published the best headline in the General Excellence category: "Born of 150,000 corn seeds" about a maze.