2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

General Excellence ( Dailies: 15,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: The Tribune
    Entry Credit: Staff
    Judge Comment: The Tribune’s overall excellence stood well above other entrants. The papers featured well-reported and edited enterprise journalism that tackled important, relevant topics; terrific design emphasizing readability, and impactful photos and graphics; wonderful staff photos, particularly in the sports section and in the Photos from the Vault feature; an excellent opinion section and lively letters to the editor; and well-designed, enticing advertising throughout. The Tribune excels in many ways, but its treatment of enterprise journalism is top-notch, giving readers multiple entry points from top to bottom. Well done!
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Marin Independent Journal
    Entry Title: Marin Independent Journal — Sept. 6-7, 2022
    Entry Credit: Marin Independent Journal staff
    Judge Comment: The Independent-Journal delivers a strong, well-rounded report, and does a good job of emphasizing its local enterprise content. The overall local content was solid. The opinion section was strong, with local editorials and a good mix of lively letters to the editor. The news presentation was excellent, and gives the paper a visual confidence. The advertising was well designed and effectively placed. Well done.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Napa Valley Register
    Entry Title: Napa Valley Register: Sept. 25 and 26, 2022
    Entry Credit: Staff Napa Valley Register
    Judge Comment: The Register delivers a good mix of local and national content throughout its sections. Its A1 choices are smart, balancing solidly reported local enterprise with engaging wire. Elements that were especially impressive were the well-reported local centerpieces, the full page of political cartoons, a diverse mix of interesting staff and contributed columns, and strong local sports coverage. A few key things kept the Register from earning a higher ranking in this category: The design and placement of advertisements was poor. Packaging full pages of multiple ads is neither visually appealing nor optimal for advertisers. Advertising is content, too, and is critical to funding the journalism. Don’t give it short shrift. The local sidebar to the national story on obesity needed graphics, better photos, pull quotes or subheds to add entry points and break up the visual denseness of long legs of text. The end of the sidebar did include QR codes referring to related video and more photos online but the jump page simply needed more thought to do justice to the interesting and important information.
  • Competition Comment: All the entries in this category offered proof that newspaper journalism remains vital in our communities. Each newspaper delivered engaging content that surprised, delighted and enlightened, traits that are critical to reader interest and loyalty.