California Rocker, the music website produced by Donna Balancia scored big at the Los Angeles Press Club’s National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, with three finalist designations and two wins.
California Rocker was a winner in the Best Individual Blog category and photographer Heather Harris scored in Best Photo Essay, a category new to the awards in 2015. California Rocker was the sole music publication among the competitors in all categories.
“California Rocker started with one photo and one little article and now covers the music scene right up there with the bigger and well-financed corporate media entities,” said California Rocker founder Donna Balancia. “On a modest budget we bring the best of performances, technology and innovation in the music industry out to the public.”
In securing a win in Best Individual Blog, California Rocker competed against The Huffington Post and The Hollywood Reporter. Harris’ photo essay — for her images the comprised “James Williamson Produces A-List Concert,” competed against The Hollywood Reporter.
Balancia said the mission of California Rocker, and its sister online publication, East Coast Rocker, is to call attention to new and alternative musicians, enable their promotion, and open the dialog on how to keep new and innovative music alive today.
Among the contributors to California Rocker and East Coast Rocker are veteran rock photographer Heather Harris, photographer, writer and author Richard Hoynes, and L.A.-based photographer Mariel Calloway.
California Rocker also received an honorable mention by the International Photography Awards for an image of Gwen Stefani from the inaugural Rock In Rio USA.