2018 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Video Journalism-Other ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 40,001 - 200,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: CALmatters
    Entry Title: CNPA Climate Change
    Entry Credit: Julie Cart, Byrhonda Lyons , CALmatters Staff
    Judge Comment: Explaining California’s war on climate change in fewer than five minutes is no easy task. But this video does so in an engaging, effective way. With a narrator that viewers immediately know they can trust, high-quality, easy to understand animated graphics that unravel complex concepts, and photographs that tell the story of the present and the past, this video packs everything you need to know into one package. The opening shots of the smog days of old in California was a particularly compelling way to set the stage for the story. Nice work!
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Long Beach Post
    Entry Title: In The Studio with Oaxaca-born artist, Narsiso Martinez
    Entry Credit: Mark Hill
    Judge Comment: This is a beautiful piece that brings viewers an inside look of an artist at work. With high-quality cinematography, the videographer makes rewarding creative choices, alternating between the broad view, and zooming in on crucial details. The artist proves to be a calming narrator, and the music complements the topic well.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Turlock Journal
    Entry Title: Studio209: Civil War Reenactment In Knights Ferry
    Entry Credit: Frankie Tovar
    Judge Comment: A well-executed and high-quality video that makes viewers feel like they are back in the 1800s. The video not only skillfully captures the war reenactment scenes, but also the reasons these history buffs grow beards, dress up in period costumes and re-fight the Civil War. The sound quality is so accurate that it can make a viewer jump when the cannons blast. The narrator asks questions that readers want to know, and yes, it did help that with a bushy beard, he looked like he fit the part!
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: CALmatters
    Entry Title: CNPA Police shooting
    Entry Credit: Bryhonda Lyons, Laurel Rosenhall, Vicki Haddock
    Judge Comment: Alternating between chilling shooting video, and the highlighting of legal documents, this video tackles a crucial topic. However, it would have benefited from a more cohesive story line and better technical quality.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Long Beach Post
    Entry Title: Long Beach Pie Town
    Entry Credit: Chip Figuracion
    Judge Comment: This video starts off strong and delightfully, providing close-ups of pie-making that makes your mouth water. The camera work and narration are strong, and the slow motion is a nice touch. However, it was impossible to not be distracted by the unfortunate background noise that dominated a good portion of the video Still, it makes you want to go out right away and devour a piece pie.