2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Special Section ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Beach Reporter
    Entry Title: Kindness: Can a simple friendship change the world?
    Entry Credit: Michael Hixon, Tyler Shaun Evains, Lisa Jacobs, Jen San Jose, Paul Kryczko
    Judge Comment: Here is an unabashed effort to inspire readers with stories of volunteers, philanthropists, care workers and the people who benefit from them. It conveys the earnest passion of all involved.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Barbara Voice
    Entry Title: Old Spanish Days Edition
    Entry Credit: Mark Whitehurst, Kerry Methner, Daisy Scott, Jeanette Casillas, Fritz Olenberger
    Judge Comment: Everything readers need to know about Santa Barbara's leading civic festival
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: Home - Fall 2022
    Judge Comment: Here's a home section sharply focused on practical consumer information on home and garden, plus a cover story on the restoration of an historic house. Hype from realtors is left out of the editorial matter. I thought it could have used one more editorial feature, however.
  • Competition Comment: Given the financial state of the industry and the size of these publications, it's not surprising that none of these entries challenges readers or deals with complex topics or significant events. Some are exercises in boosterism rather than journalism. That's not to put down special sections that cover subjects of great reader interest, like high school football, "best of" polls and the crucial work of nurses in the community. The top five finishers brought a good deal of professionalism and thought to their subject matter and served their readers well.