Credit: Courtesy

Each year, we submit stories, layouts, illustrations, and covers that we think represent some of our best work to be judged in the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s California Journalism Awards. We are proud to report that we placed in eight categories. Behind all of these awards are additional staff members working in the background to support the great work that we do, including our copy department, our web team, and, of course, our sales department. We also want to thank YOU, our readers — without your loyalty and commitment to supporting local journalism, we would not be able to do what we do. Below, you will find a list of our award-winning work, but you can also visit to read our winning pieces as well as view our illustrations, layouts, and covers.

First Place:

  • Writing: “Paddling to Survive” by Rolf Geyling
  • Illustration: “Caught in the Rental Crunch,” illustrated by Ben Ciccati
  • Newsletter: Full Belly Files by Matt Kettmann

Second Place:

  • Breaking News: “Santa Barbara Astronomer Bags a Black Hole” by Tyler Hayden
  • Writing (Digital Division): The Backstory: “What’s Behind UCSB’s Wall of Silence?” by Tyler Hayden
  • Front Page Layout & Design: “Santa Barbara’s Century Man,” “Sex and Violence and the Supremes,” and “Charley Crockett’s Neo-Classic Country Hits the Town,” designed by Ava Talehakimi and Xavier Pereyra
  • Inside Page Layout: “Paddling to Survive,” designed by Jinhee Hwang
  • Informational Graphic: “Caught in the Rental Crunch,” designed by Xavier Pereyra


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