Outstanding speakers and programs are presented at an awards luncheon and dinner that Cal Press holds in San Francisco each December. The association also gives public recognition at its annual winter meeting to outstanding newspaper people of the state, past and present, with six of the most coveted awards in California journalism:
The California Newspaper Hall of Fame, which each year posthumously honors two newspaper people whose outstanding devotion to their responsibilities resulted in substantial contributions to their regions and to the development of California.
California Journalism Educators of the Yearare honored for their work on behalf of student journalists and programs. Past recipients are involved in the selection of California Journalism Educators of the Year and Lifetime Achievement honorees.