California Job Journal has been judged the best specialized publication in the nation by the Association of Free Community Papers at their annual convention in Miami.
The Job Journal – which in 1982 became the first newspaper in the US to focus exclusively on employment – won seven awards at this year’s national competition, taking first place in four categories. CJJ won top honors for Best of Show, Outstanding Publication, Best Community Service/Editorial, and Best Presentation of News on the Internet (at JobJournal.com). Second-place awards were earned for Best Graphic Display of Classifieds and Best Original Artwork. Judges were enthusiastic in their comments about California Job Journal, particularly about the paper’s writing, effective graphic presentation, artwork, and community service.
CJJ earned the community service award for organizing Sacramento’s Annual Fall Job Fair each October, which is Disability Employment Awareness Month. The event is produced by Job Journal subsidiary HIRE Events in cooperation with Sign Language Interpreting Services, Society for the Blind, the Department of Rehabilitation and PRIDE Industries. CJJ also published an in-depth cover story on PRIDE Industries, a major employer of people with disabilities.
“We are very proud and feel especially honored to win this many awards, since the competition was so keen,” commented CJJ publisher Kathy Masera. A total of 156 publications submitted 4117 entries in this year’s competition.