Comstock’s Content Honored in California Journalism Awards

The awards included first place for writing, arts and entertainment, design and more

Back Web Only Jun 3, 2022 By Vanessa Labi

Comstock’s features, profiles, covers, designs and photographs took home a record 20 honors in this year’s California Journalism Awards, hosted by the California News Publishers Association. The winning stories cover a sweeping breadth of 2021’s issues and trends as they affected our region — from 2020 closures that became new restaurant concepts, to businesses being challenged to market their products and services via TikTok.

Judges called our winning features “thoroughly reported” and “compelling,” and commented that our design packages displayed “excellent consistency of design and execution.” Among our first-place wins is Rachel Leibrock’s report on the reopening of the Capital Region’s arts scene, which won for the arts and entertainment category. Former Comstock’s Editor Sena Christian won first place in the writing category for weaving together key voices in the complex history of gold mining.

We’re honored to be recognized this year with more awards than any previous year, and we’re beyond proud of our incredible staff and contributors. Their creativity, storytelling and dedication are on full display with this recognition of talent. 

Here’s a list of all our awards, with links to the winning content:

Jeff Wilser’s story about the California History Museum’s innovative use of TikTok won first place for arts and entertainment coverage in the 2021 California Journalism Awards. (Photo by Debbie Cunningham)

“Career Detour,” Marcus Crowder’s profile of former Stockton Mayor Michael D. Tubbs, won second place in the profile category in the 2021 California Journalism Awards. (Photo by Terence Duffy)

Laurie Lauletta-Boshart’s feature on female political leaders, “On the Rise,” won second place in the coverage of local government category. (Illustration by Mariah Quintanilla)

  • Third place for in-depth reporting for “Energy Revolution” by Jennifer Junghans.
  • Third place for special section cover for “Capital Region Cares” by Marissa Lewis and Ruvi Palafox.

Sara Nevis won fourth place in the photography category for her photo essay on ballerinas called “Art in Motion.”

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