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The Los Angeles Times is the General Excellence winner in the large dailies division in the CNPA 2020 California Journalism Awards Print Contest.

Good Times, Santa Cruz, is the winner in the large weeklies division.

In the Digital Contest, The Sacramento Bee is the General Excellence winner in the large publications division (400,001 & over Monthly Unique Visitors).

Other Print Contest General Excellence winners:
Dailies (15,001-50,000): The Bakersfield Californian
Dailies (15,000 & under): Santa Maria Times
Weeklies (11,001-25,000): San Francisco Business Times
Weeklies (4,301-11,000): Petaluma Argus-Courier
Weeklies (4,300 & under): Half Moon Bay Review

Other Digital Contest General Excellence winners:
Monthly Unique Visitors (100,001-400,000): The Sonoma Index-Tribune
Monthly Unique Visitors (100,000 & under): California Health Report, San Francisco

In the Campus Contest, UC Berkeley-The Daily Californian was the General Excellence winner in the four-year university division.

Southwestern College-The Sun, Chula Vista, won General Excellence in the two-year college division.

Granite Bay High School-The Gazette was first in General Excellence among high school publications.

In Campus Online General Excellence, the winners were: four-year, Stanford University-The Stanford Daily; two-year, Las Positas College-Express, Livermore; and high school, Sacramento Country Day School-The Octagon.

Sortable and searchable tables of winners are available on the CNPA website:


Winners galleries with links to the winning entries are also available online:


This year’s California Journalism Awards Gala is canceled because of the pandemic. In lieu of the Gala, CNPA will publish a glossy magazine honoring the winners in June.

Award plaques will be shipped directly to publications that placed first and second in the contest categories.

Certificates will be mailed to all individual winners who placed first through fifth.

Timing of the shipments and mailings will occur as circumstances permit and will be announced later.

This year’s contest received 3,036 entries from print, digital and campus publications.

Print Contest entries totaled 1,927, down from last year’s 2,006.

The Digital Contest, now in its third year, saw the number of entries increase to 699 this year from 597 last.

CNPA Campus members sent in 410 entries, up from 383 last year.

Last year overall, the contests received 2,972 entries from print, digital and campus publications.

Please contact Joe Wirt if you have questions about the California Journalism Awards, and to report errors or omissions in the credits and titles of the winning entries.