The San Diego Union-Tribune is the General Excellence winner in the large dailies division in the 2019 California Journalism Awards Print Contest.

The judge praised The Union-Tribune’s emphasis on local content, including an “all local front page,” “well done” arts and culture pages and some “very lovely, enticing ads.” The judge described the U-T’s coverage of the San Diego Padres Major League Baseball as “massive.”

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

“This entry stood out for the excellent presentation, writing, story choices and quality of the photography,” the judge wrote. “The advertising was attractive and engaging.”

In the Digital Contest, the Los Angeles Times is the General Excellence winner in the large publications division.

“The LA Times news coverage is wide in its breadth, but also very focused on what makes LA tick,” the judge wrote. “Headlines give just enough to entice more information. Innovative and short videos also make it clear that people are still having fun at the LA Times.”

Other Print Contest General Excellence winners:

Dailies (15,001-50,000): The Bakersfield Californian
Dailies (15,000 & under): The Tribune (San Luis Obispo)
Weeklies (11,001-25,000): Comstock’s Magazine (Sacramento)
Weeklies (4,301-11,000): Ledger Dispatch (Jackson)
Weeklies (4,300 & under): The Ark (Tiburon)

Other Digital Contest General Excellence winners:

Monthly Unique Visitors (40,001-400,000): CalMatters (Sacramento)
Monthly Unique Visitors (40,000 & under): Capital & Main (Los Angeles)

In the Campus Contest, San Jose State University’s Spartan Daily was the General Excellence winner in the four-year university division.

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

Sanger High School’s Hi-Lights was first in General Excellence among high school publications.

In other categories, the Los Angeles Times received high praise for its series “American fallout: The Marshall Islands,” which won first place in In-Depth Reporting and Investigative Reporting in the Digital Contest.

A different judge also selected the series for firsts in the same categories in the Open Contest, where first-place winners in select categories from the Print and Digital contests compete regardless of circulation or audience divisions.

“Great Pulitzer-worthy investigative piece on American nuclear waste deposited in the Marshall Islands, in a container now at risk rising ocean levels,” the Open Contest judge wrote. “Spectacular nine-part series (with excellent artwork and graphics as well) – you could expand it just a little and turn it into a good book.”

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 ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In lieu of the Gala, CNPA will publish a glossy magazine honoring the winners in early 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 2,969 entries from 168 print, digital and campus publications. The Digital Contest, now in its second year, saw the number of entries increase to 590 this year from 453 last.

Last year, the contest received 3,076 entries from 177 print, digital and campus publications.

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