Santa Cruz Local won the Local Independent Online News Publishers Award for General Excellence: Operational Resilience for our work to reduce staff burnout.
- From the judges: “By taking the time to stop and deeply analyze what it does, why that matters and what it takes for the team to sustainably keep doing it, Santa Cruz Local shored up its operational resilience, aligned the team, reduced burnout and clarified its focus. By taking it a step further and setting clear goals and structures around that work, it ensured that this was much more than a thought exercise and directly benefited both team health and the bottom line. By taking it an additional step further and publishing their efforts, they held themselves accountable and modeled their values to their readers. This idea is practical, strategic and replicable, and every news business would benefit from doing it.”
Santa Cruz Local CEO and Co-founder Kara Meyberg Guzman won the Local Independent Online News Publishers Member of the Year Award for her entrepreneurial spirit and volunteerism.
“She’s building a news organization in a very competitive place, up against entrenched competition as well as much better-funded new efforts, and she’s still there,” said LION Executive Director Chris Krewson in an online awards ceremony in 2021.
Kara speaks on journalism entrepreneurship panels, volunteers as a board member for the Tiny News Collective and “every day still serves as a news source in her community for people whose stories aren’t otherwise told,” Krewson said.