Cutting-edge hyperlocal online newspaper The Sacramento Press announces the launch of its 2012 Journalism Open. Unlike many other local news sources, The Sacramento Press enables members of the community to tell stories about their neighborhoods. By holding the third annual Journalism Open, The Sacramento Press encourages journalists, community contributors and aspiring writers to share their neighborhood stories for a chance to win cash prizes.The Sacramento Press will give away $2,000 in prizes to selected winners: first prize $600, second $400, third $200, three $100 prizes for honorable mentions, and $500 in prizes awarded to best photos.

Holding true to its strong belief in community engagement, The Sacramento Press accepts writers of all skill levels to enter the Journalism Open. This pro-am approach allows the community to report on a wide range of issues that are most important to and affect local neighborhoods. Stories can range from insight on an upcoming City Council election to a favorite landmark in the Sacramento region. The Journalism Open encourages participants to report on stories that they are passionate about – reiterating that no story is too small.

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., The Sacramento Press will hold a workshop dedicated to the Journalism Open. Participants can propose story ideas and receive feedback on how to develop those ideas and/or how to present them in way that is appropriate for The Sacramento Press.     For further details on story guidelines, judging criteria and rules, please visitJournalism Open 2012 Official Rules. For further details or questions regarding signing up to publish a story or enter the Journalism

Open, please email: support@sacramentopress.com.