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The562.org Recognized Seven Times In Statewide Award Contests

We’re proud to announce that the562.org was honored seven times by the California News Publishers Association’s California Journalism Awards, a statewide contest recognizing the best work from across the Golden State.

These seven recognitions bring our group of journalists to over 50 such honors in the last decade. We’re proud to bring Long Beach the best local journalism covering its sports and schools–please click here to contribute to our year-end fundraiser to make sure we can come back for 2022-23. We’re also proud to provide our local media partners with high-quality coverage and are happy to be part of big wins for the Long Beach Post and the Grunion Gazette Newspapers.

–Our story for the Post about the LBUSD’s consideration of dropping Poly’s CIC magnet was named the best Youth & Education story in the state: Click here to read it

–Our story for the Post about the socioeconomic and racial disparities in post-pandemic education won third place in the Youth & Education category: Click here to read it.

–The Grunion Gazette is the print home of the562.org, with a free weekly newspaper. The Grunion won third place for General Excellence in the State, with the judges comment “The Gazette does a great job of covering its community, from top news to prep sports.”

–Our own Sharleen Higa’s column for the Grunion about teaching during the pandemic won third place in the Columns category. Click here for her winning columns and here

–Our feature for the Grunion about Long Beach Poly football alum Raymond Graham won third place in the feature category. Click here to read it

–Our feature for the Grunion about Lakewood football’s Marcell Lineberger won fourth place in the feature category. Click here to read it

–Mike’s column for the Grunion received fourth place honors in the Columns category. Click here for the winning columns

Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.
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