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The California Reading Association

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The California Reading Association

Dedicated to Literacy for Over Fifty Years

The California
Reading Association

Dedicated to Literacy for Over Fifty Years

Outstanding Journalism Award

Deadline: May 1. Certificate of Originality (PDF)


To recognize positive reporting of California educational issues and events in the field of reading and other related fields .  Nominations may be from CRA members, newspaper publishers, and education writers.


Any California journalist writing for a general circulation in a regular newspaper, magazine, or non-print media published in California is eligible. No entry fees are required. Only materials published or broadcast in California between May 1 and April 30 may be submitted.

Also noted should be the type of entry: single item or single connected series of items, news or feature, editorial or opinion column. Unmounted articles will not be considered. One copy of a non-print tape is acceptable.


Contest entries are judged on basis of journalistic quality, including clear and imaginative reporting that lifts the material above the routine.

The-material (print or non-print) should:

The following guidelines will be used as criteria for evaluating all entries:





A plaque may be awarded for each of five categories. The winning articles may also be published in The California Reader. The plaques will be presented to each of the award winners at the annual CRA Conference.


Each local council and each voting CRA Board member may submit entries by:

  1. For print, mount each entry on cardboard or similar suitable backing (not to exceed legal size 8.5" x 14" or 21.5 cm x 36.5 cm). Include your name, address, the name and address of the newspaper, magazine, or other source and its category. Your entry must be photocopied for distribution to Committee members, so it is important to mount your entry well and comply with the size restriction. Send the original article and five clear and legible photocopies with the identification to the Awards and Citations Chair.
  2. For-non-print, send one copy of the entry with your name and address, the name and address of the radio or TV station, and its category.
  3. Send entries together with the completed Certificate of Originality to CRA

Additional Information

Mail completed Nomination Form to CRA

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