2021 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. 22 and Sept. 29
    Entry Credit: Staff of the Half Moon Bay Review
    Judge Comment: The Half Moon Bay Review is newsy and lots of fun to read. Staff written — and signed — editorials take on local issues and are well crafted. Of particular note is its Page 2 "The Inside Story," which I suspect is the best read page of each edition. It's a talker from top to bottom.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: The Ark - General Excellence
    Entry Credit: Kevin Hessel, Ark Staff
    Judge Comment: The Ark is filled with news you can use. From transit schedules, recipes, how to use the library and activities. Government coverage is meaty. The Ark makes its photos as important as its words.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Ojai Valley News
    Entry Title: Friday Sept. 3; Friday Sept. 10
    Entry Credit: Perry Van Houten, Grant Phillips, Marianne Ratcliff, Laura Rearwin Ward
    Judge Comment: The Ojai Valley News gives readers what they like to talk about: crime, courts and politics. And lots of it. Perry Van Houten alone wrote eight stories of substance. Garage sales map is a rate treat. The archive page with an ask for money to make the archive searchable was a tasteful call for action.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Claremont Courier
    Entry Title: February Claremont Courier editions
    Entry Credit: Peter Weinberger, Steven Felschundneff, Mick Rhodes Rhodes, Andrew Alonzo
    Judge Comment: The Clairemont Courier's commitment to photography is evident with its large cover photos and photos that accompany nearly every story. The photo of the the gridlock from the snow frenzy and its nicely explained caption exemplify "a picture is worth a thousand words."
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Lincoln News Messenger
    Entry Title: Lincoln News Messenger Sept. 16 and Sept. 23, 2021
    Entry Credit: Carol , Shaden Solanji
    Judge Comment: The Lincoln News Messenger mixes news and features with little delineation. Editorials are story based not opinion based. Headlines are inviting: "Hank so goofy and lovable" on the dog of the week. Well done getting a sponsor for Car Talk.