2017 California Journalism Awards winners

Campus Newspapers

By default, the table below displays the 2017 California Journalism Awards — Campus Division winners by category.

The table is sortable by the column headers (Newspaper, Place, Category, Name of Entry, Staff Credit and Judge’s Comments) but you probably want to zero in on your own newspaper. The easiest way to do that is to use the search box to type in the name of your newspaper.

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First-place plaques for General Excellence and Online General Excellence were presented at the 2017 California Journalism Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 14 at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa in Sonoma. If no one from your publication was present to receive your plaque, we will ship it to you.

First-place plaques in categories other than General Excellence and Online General Excellence, and all second-place plaques, will be shipped directly to winning newspapers.

Certificates will be mailed to all other finalists in each category.

For a list of daily and weekly winners, visit this page.

NewspaperPlaceCategoryName of EntryStaff CreditComments
Castro Valley High School-The Olympian1stColumnsWomen’s March: “Let’s keep fighting” and How to avoid fake news and its consequencesRia PanjwaniWriter found a solid news hook, adhered to style rules.
Castro Valley High School-The Olympian2ndColumnsWhy we should keep conserving as the drought ends and How to use flood water effectivelyHannah JohanssonGood work overall. Shift into third person column/op-ed writing when possible.
Granite Bay High School-The GazetteFinalistColumnsHappiness is a relative ideal for all people AND Lose a loved one – gain respect for another oneSabina MahavniGood feature-style op-eds. Aim for more compelling intros. Nice work.
Granite Bay High School-The GazetteFinalistColumnsSeniors: You could be cured from your misery AND My life as a ChristianWill AndersonGood satire -- appropriate for audience. Good adherence to style rules.
Santa Rosa Junior College-The Oak Leaf1stColumnsOak Leaf column writer 1Michael Barnes
El Camino College-The Union2ndColumnsThe journey to finding my voiceOshari Arnett
Glendale College-El VaqueroFinalistColumnsCatalina Juarez, Opinion WritingCatalina Juarez
Santa Rosa Junior College-The Oak LeafFinalistColumnsOak Leaf column writer Rachel EdelsteinRachel Edelstein
Sonoma State University-Sonoma State Star1stColumnsColumns by Olivia Hunt:"Nevertheless, she persisted" and "Trump abruptly fires FBI Director James Comey"Olivia HuntAn excellent example of quality writing. Well researched, organized and clear. Important and timely subject matter. Well done.
California Polytechnic State University-Mustang Da2ndColumnsPomp, circumstance, rinse and repeat, Milo Yiannopolos and the horrible, no good, terrible, very bad day, Neil SandhuClever topics. Solid research. Clear voice. Well written.
The Claremont Colleges - The Student LifeFinalistColumnsFree Speech Debates Miss the Point / Political Polarization at the 5Cs is Harming Our EducationKate DolgenosA thoughtful columns about sensitive topics. Quality writing with a distinctive voice.
Santa Clara University-The Santa ClaraFinalistColumnsJay Fuch's ColumnJay FuchsWriter makes some interesting points, in a provocative voice.
UC Berkeley-The Daily Californian1stEnterprise News Story or SeriesYoung America’s Foundation: Who is funding UC Berkeley’s Ben Shapiro event?Ashley Wong
Loyola Marymount University-Los Angeles Loyolan2ndEnterprise News Story or SeriesCity of DeporteesAntonio De Loera-Brust and Los Angeles Loyolan staff
UCLA-Daily BruinFinalistEnterprise News Story or SeriesCannabis KingdomEvolet Chiu, Jintak Han, Iris Lee
UC Berkeley-The Daily CalifornianFinalistEnterprise News Story or SeriesSexual Misconduct throughout the UC SystemThe Daily Californian staff
Harvard-Westlake School-The Chronicle1stEnterprise News Story or SeriesElephant in the RoomJosie Abugov Noa Schwartz
Archbishop Riordan High School-The Crusader2ndEnterprise News Story or SeriesHidden figure under gym floor revealed during refurbishingJulian Castillo
Castro Valley High School-The OlympianFinalistEnterprise News Story or SeriesUnsafe amounts of lead in water found in CVUSD fountainsMia Babasyan, Wailea Siler
Granite Bay High School-The GazetteFinalistEnterprise News Story or SeriesYour next soulmate ... could be someone's cell mateKatie Cologna
Santa Rosa Junior College-The Oak Leaf1stEnterprise News Story or SeriesThe Oak Leaf Housing issueBrandon McCapes, Michael Barnes, James WyattA comprehensive and remarkable look at a housing crisis in a region decimated by soaring rents and devastated by fires. As this series underscores, few have been spared the impacts of this housing crunch - least of all students and faculty members at this college. An impressive all-out team reporting effort. Well done.
San Jose City College-The Times2ndEnterprise News Story or SeriesDelay in science building repairs raise questions regarding safetyLauren QuiltyAn intriguing in-depth look at a potential health hazard on campus. This was clearly a story that the college wasn't interested in being made public but one that needed to be told. And it was told well.
Contra Costa College-The AdvocateFinalistEnterprise News Story or SeriesBreath of DeathMichael SantoneA comprehensive and well-crafted look at air quality and other health concerns facing a community living near oil refineries in the Richmond area. A solid reporting effort.
Santa Ana College-el DonFinalistEnterprise News Story or SeriesPopulation Along Skid River IncreasesNoemi Mosqueda, Timothy BravoThis piece combines enterprise reporting with good storytelling to offer readers a humanizing look at a local homeless encampment. Beautifully written.
Cuesta College-The Cuestonian1stFeature PhotoSameer Wahba photoSameer WahbaPhoto relays the joy for all the people involved in this moment on the beach. Good composition. Good movement. Good exposure and color. Excellent work capturing this moment.
Contra Costa College-The Advocate2ndFeature Photo08_BestFeaturePhoto_2Denis PerezTakes me into a moment of celebration. Great composition and blurring of background people. Good exposure, lighting, color. Nice work.
Santa Rosa Junior College-The Oak LeafFinalistFeature PhotoFeature photo - fireDakota McGranahanPhoto drops a moment of peaceful reflection into a landscape of sadness. The composed and put-together girl adds an element of hope -- that somehow people survive the worst and look forward. Nice job.
Los Angeles City College-Los Angeles CollegianFinalistFeature PhotoIndigenous Peoples Day Gets Stamp of ApprovalAnde RichardsGood color, composition and facial expression. Detail draws me into his work for that moment.
Granite Bay High School-The Gazette1stFeature PhotoFall leaf (cover photo)Logan EmbreeGreat use of soft focus, tells the story instantly. Instant cover material.
Granite Bay High School-The Gazette2ndFeature PhotoChristmas ornament (cover photo)Logan EmbreeReally great composition; you can feel the warmth of the holiday in the background lights. The ornament was slightly out of focus, but understandable given the low light inside the room and long exposure.
Castro Valley High School-The OlympianFinalistFeature PhotoDECA delivers annual talent showRachel SteinVisually interesting, love the movement captured. Black and white was a good choice.
Castro Valley High School-The OlympianFinalistFeature PhotoSweet Senior win HomecomingWailea SilerGreat framing in this photo, and great capture of the audience's faces.
UC Berkeley-The Daily Californian1stFeature PhotoAftermath of Sonoma FiresVivian RoanNice shot. Brings me to the scene; tells me the story. High impact. Little dark ... almost muddy, but think it's the time of day and the atmosphere. A very strong image.
UCLA-Daily Bruin2ndFeature PhotoOut of retirementKeila MayberryGood shot. Nicely lit. Good expression and got on the right level. I get that this is a top athlete and the beam is her thing. Just a tad obscure ... but nice.
CSU Northridge-The SundialFinalistFeature PhotoJourney through HavasuJusten ChristensenNice shot. Went to some work to get in the right place for the right piece of action. Little dark. But not everyone would have looked to see and get this shot.
California Polytechnic State University-Mustang DaFinalistFeature PhotoJake JavierJody MillerSimply done and has some strength. I like that he looked for a shot that wasn't just another picture of a face, but did this sort of symbolic shot of a guy in a tunnel approaching the world ...
Harvard-Westlake School-The Chronicle1stGeneral ExcellenceThe Chronicle staffAn intense, clear-eyed look at diversity issues that rivals many professional publications. Great insight and honesty. Elsewhere, great photos and arts coverage. Overall, a major journalistic accomplishment.
Granite Bay High School-The Gazette2ndGeneral ExcellenceThe Gazette staffIt's a pleasure to read a paper that covers so much of the campus community, plus national issues.
Claremont High School-The WolfpacketFinalistGeneral ExcellenceThe Wolfpacket staffGreat mix of stories. Clever writing. And exciting design. Packed with information that gives a real sense of the high school and community.
Archbishop Riordan High School-The CrusaderFinalistGeneral ExcellenceThe Crusader staffImpressive mix of coverage with stories on students, faculty, staffand alumni. Great job getting off campus with stories on El Rey Theatre, City College, Beeps. Likewise, sports covered Riordan and national sports stories. Great to see such indepth coverage.
Santa Ana College-el Don1stGeneral ExcellenceLaura Garcia and Aurielle Weiss
Southwestern College-The Sun2ndGeneral ExcellenceThe Sun staff
Contra Costa College-The AdvocateFinalistGeneral ExcellenceThe Advocate staff
Los Angeles City College-Los Angeles CollegianFinalistGeneral ExcellenceLos Angeles Collegian staff
Sonoma State University-Sonoma State Star1stGeneral ExcellenceShannnon Brown, Ethan Helms and Nate GalvanStrong, strong news coverage under tough conditions. Interesting opinion pages. Good writing. Clean copy. Very good photos. Good sports pages.
UCLA-Daily Bruin2ndGeneral ExcellenceDaily Bruin staffVery close second. Good news coverage. Classifieds ad on Page 1? Problems with several of the sports scoring lines. Close to Home package excellent. Tough call.
CSU Sacramento-The State HornetFinalistGeneral ExcellenceThe State Hornet staffStrong, well-written DACA and MLK packages. Great portraits. Good sports profiles. Good-looking and interesting culture pages. Strong, clean, interesting opinion pages.
CSU Chico-The OrionFinalistGeneral ExcellenceCarly Plemons and Elizabeth CastilloVery good dam problems coverage. Good graphics and time line. Strong arts and sports packages! Some cutline errors. Two stories on same rape on same page?
Claremont High School-The Wolfpacket1stIllustrationSenior Year Is the Best or the WorstSean CastroRelatable and sweet. Even though this is the first Wolfie & Todd comic strip I've seen, I felt a connection to the characters.
Harvard-Westlake School-The Chronicle2ndIllustrationCall for a ban on indifferenceAnna GongA great graphic for the piece.
Granite Bay High School-The GazetteFinalistIllustrationEmpty Nest (dominant)Sidney Zabell
Claremont High School-The WolfpacketFinalistIllustrationCHS Students Should Take First Semester Finals Before Winter BreakAndrea Calderon
Santa Ana College-el Don1stIllustrationRefugees WelcomeChristabelle BlakeA powerful drawing. Excellent composition and shading.
Contra Costa College-The Advocate2ndIllustration11_BestIllustration_2Marci SuelaA fantastic representation of the concept, and almost photo-perfect capture of Daniel Kaluuya.
City College of San Francisco-The GuardsmanFinalistIllustrationMuslim BanQuip JohnsonIllustration encapsulates the issue at hand very well.
Contra Costa College-The AdvocateFinalistIllustration11_BestIllustration_1Marci SuelaGreat use of color. Eye-catching characters and objects.
UCLA-Daily Bruin1stIllustrationSexual violence survivors share stories, promote discussion through #MeTooHarishwer BalasubramaniGreat use of color. Pops. Can see this in a mainstream paper.
UC Berkeley-The Daily Californian2ndIllustrationBlack girl magicNishali NaikBeautiful use of color.
CSU Fullerton-Daily TitanFinalistIllustrationHomeless are stereotypedHannah MillerGreat use of color and one of the strongest submissions in terms of connecting to article/op-ed.
UCLA-Daily BruinFinalistIllustrationFilm alumna works magic from behind the cameraJuliette Le SaintBeautiful use of color.
Contra Costa College-The Advocate1stNews Photo07_NewsPhoto_2Denis PerezAn incredible, fraught moment, captured in focus and featuring drops of blood visible against the black background of the subject's shirt. A powerful photograph.
Santa Rosa Junior College-The Oak Leaf2ndNews PhotoFire photo of couple in rubbleDakota McGranahanA stark, bleak and yet ultimately hopeful image. Strong use of the rule of thirds with the couple standing to the left, giving viewers a chance to see the blend of human emotion against the utter devastation they've experienced.
Contra Costa College-The AdvocateFinalistNews Photo07_NewsPhoto_1Denis PerezThe blend of anger and deep emotion in the subject's face is haunting, and the onslaught of cameras helps tell even more of the story.
Southwestern College-The SunFinalistNews PhotoPerchance to dreamNatalie MosquedaThere were a number of strong DACA protest images in this contest, but I liked this one the best. I loved how the girl's protest sign is complemented by the "#Girls Rule" slogan on her shirt; how strong the girl is as she calmly and quietly stands, fully identifiable, amidst the protesters while the woman behind her (her mother? her older sister?) wears aviators and isn't easily identifiable; how the caution/cuidado tape stripped across the top of the image also offers hints of the potential for danger as well as the way the DACA story is, in large part, a story of the broader Latino experience in California. Just a wonderful, deeply evocative image.
Granite Bay High School-The Gazette1stNews PhotoFlags waving (center, dominant)Katie ColognaInteresting flow and energy to waving flags, effectively placed on page in the best photo layout seen in this competition. Katie Cologna sizes up the scene, sees that it is a spectacle, and rises to the occasion with a big photograph supported with solid night-shooting technique. Go big or go home, and this photo goes big. Smart approach to subject and skillful focus aspects per night shot. A good photograph with an effective solution to the visual problem of multiple flags at distance from the lens.
Granite Bay High School-The Gazette2ndNews PhotoProtest drummers (middle right)Carissa LewisEffective capture of three subjects' emotions at an event, with good focus and interesting viewing angle by Carissa Lewis. The most abstract and effective of the protest images because it is the only one that does not rely or allow protest signs to deliver meaning. The faces tell the story.
Granite Bay High School-The GazetteFinalistNews PhotoDancers with masks (bottom left)Sabina MahavniSabina Mahavni supplies the sleeper image of the competition with an effective solution to the visual problem of seeing past subjects' masks and capturing their individuality. The image does so by following the subjects' motion forward, and somehow each figure offers an individual aspect in a tight, busy space. This reviewer would have liked to see the photo run larger. Good photography.

Granite Bay High School-The GazetteFinalistNews PhotoBoy lunging (dominant center)Carissa LewisThough the resulting image appears over played and a little soft, no photo in the competition approached the visual impact of the lunging player. Carissa Lewis delivers a moment-of-the-year for Granite Bay with tight camera work that captures explosive movement in what must have been a fleeting second.
CSU Sacramento-The State Hornet1stNews PhotoDACA protestJoseph Daniels
CSU Long Beach-Daily 49er2ndNews PhotoMoving to divestCarlos Blancas
CSU Fullerton-Daily TitanFinalistNews PhotoRiot Police and People Gather Outside Milo Yiannopoulos Event at CSUFFernando Salazar
UCLA-Daily BruinFinalistNews PhotoThe Watermark evictionsAubrey Yeo
Harvard-Westlake School-The Chronicle1stOnline General ExcellenceHarvard-Westlake ChroniclestaffstaffThis impressive high school newspaper site wins this category with a strong collection of attributes. It features a lot of current content, and an excellent mix of news, features, sports, entertainment and opinion. A "longread" story is a nice bonus. The site also includes videos, podcasts and access to large photo collections. The stafflist and contact information for the paper are easy to find. The search tool works very well, pulling articles as far back as 2008.
Castro Valley High School-The Olympian2ndOnline General ExcellenceThe Olympian staffThis paper has a nice variety of recent stories on the home page, and good collections on individual section pages. The staffimpressively snagged an interview with the lieutenant governor . Video and audio content, plus blogs, are a nice complement to other stories. The search tool works well, finding stories at least as far back as 2010.
Bear River High School-The CurrentFinalistOnline General ExcellenceThe Current staffThe staffof this paper seems to hustle to produce up-to-date and interesting content for the student readers. Stories on AP classes, parking issues and free feminine products are likely to be well-read. Almost all the stories are illustrated with a photo, making for strong visual presentation. A weekly video news report is a nice feature.
Skyline College-The Skyline View1stOnline General ExcellenceThe Skyline View staffGreat visuals! Home page is well-organized, and the site offers well-written content on many topics. I enjoyed just browsing through the site in general.
Southwestern College-The Sun2ndOnline General ExcellenceThe SunHome page is clean and light, and has a good balance of text and visuals. The Trending Bar is also a nice feature. Some very powerful stories on this site!
El Camino College-The UnionFinalistOnline General ExcellenceThe Union staffHome page is very clean, and topics are well marked. There's a good mix of articles on the home page. Good sports profiles and photography as well
Santa Ana College-el DonFinalistOnline General Excellenceeldonnews.orgel Don staffA lot of good visuals, but it's hard for the eye to find a "landing point"
UCLA-Daily Bruin1stOnline General ExcellenceDaily Bruin staff
CSU Bakersfield-The Runner2ndOnline General ExcellenceThe Runner staff
UC Berkeley-The Daily CalifornianFinalistOnline General ExcellenceThe Daily Californian staff
CSU Chico-The OrionFinalistOnline General Excellencetheorion.comCarly Plemons, Elizabeth Castillo
Harvard-Westlake School-The Chronicle1stPhoto IllustrationGoing out with a Bang: Does “Assassin” Trivialize Gun Violence?Nicole KimA creative and excellent use of image manipulation software.
Granite Bay High School-The Gazette2ndPhoto IllustrationHidden RealitiesKatie Cologna, Savina Mahavni, Brayden JohnkPhotography and text overlays make for an excellent companion to the writing.
Granite Bay High School-The GazetteFinalistPhoto IllustrationTo Pledge or Not to PledgeKatie Cologna, Sabina MahavniClean composition; good use of image manipulation software.
Harvard-Westlake School-The ChronicleFinalistPhoto IllustrationA Whole New WorldNicole Kim Kristin KuwadaWhile thoughtful, this photograph would have been more notable if it was more directly tied to the story.
San Jose City College-The Times1stPhoto IllustrationTrumpBenjamin CastroSimple and effective photo illustration with just three elements: Trump's TV host scowl, what appears to be Trump’s unfortunate orange tone (points off if the scheme is blood red), and a clever type skew playing off the unlikely president’s name. Benjamin Castro delivers effectively with strong elements kept in check by simplicity.
Fresno City College-Rampage2ndPhoto IllustrationStranger Danger/Sexual HarrassmentFrank LopezAn effective use of traditional photo montage, resulting in a poster image comprised of contemporary political and cultural images mired in the sexual harassment controversy. The basic motif works and delivers the “stranger danger” punchline, while the simple technique invites a leisurely discovery of faces and elements. Frank Lopez creates a contemporary little world in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and that is a good thing.
Cuesta College-The CuestonianFinalistPhoto IllustrationMake it rainAlexander Bissell, Sameer WahbaA clear and effective photo illustration with three elements: A student, either losing or receiving financial aid, dynamic cash and a college locator building. The image establishes key elements of general content and place, and the image is well composed in shape, use of space and color. Intriguing to technique, whether multiple images and how the cash is manipulated. Effective and sophisticated messaging from Alexander Bissell and Sameer Wahba proves that simplicity drives meaning with style.
San Jose City College-The TimesFinalistPhoto IllustrationClassroom EtiquetteBenjamin CastroHumor and technique deliver a finger-pointing statement about student etiquette, with photo techniques rising above the article content and just being … fun. Whatever the etiquette issue is at San Jose City College, photographer Benjamin Castro and his subjects have the last word with understated resistance to decorum. Fight on.
UCLA-Daily Bruin1stPhoto IllustrationWar StoriesHannah BurnettVery creative and powerful photo illustrations. Really thought outside the box and conveyed the magnitude of the subjects' experiences quite well. Very effective, organized and clear. Well done!
CSU Fullerton-Daily Titan2ndPhoto IllustrationCSUF in shock after Las Vegas Terrorist AttackDaily Titan staffThis photo illustration is very moving through its simplicity.Would have been easy to grab Creative Commons. This, instead, showed the starkness of the situation in a different way. Very somber, sobering and tasteful.
CSU Bakersfield-The RunnerFinalistPhoto IllustrationMarathon overruns CSUBScot Swan, Magdiel CarranzaVery eye-catching. Nice use of color. Great use of individual images with compelling expressions. You can really feel the struggle of the runners. Conveys the story message very well.
UCLA-Daily BruinFinalistPhoto IllustrationFreshman tennis standout Ena Shibahara follows tennis dream to WestwoodAubrey YeoThis story could have easily ran with a run-of-the mill photo of the athlete. But this approach was creative, interesting and showed a broad range of skill. Well done.
Archbishop Riordan High School-The Crusader1stProfile StorySpartan sisterly love saves Crusader brotherRoman PeregrinoThe best articles are so well-written and engaging that the reader is fully immersed in the story -- that's how I felt reading this. I was rooting for Bodon's recovery the whole way through, and was disappointed when I finally reached the end and there was no more story. Excellent writing.
Granite Bay High School-The Gazette2ndProfile StoryBlack Student Union returnsSteph KangThis story was interesting because it combined a profile of a group with an investigation into a trend on campus. I also liked the incorporation of statistics to prove the facts mentioned in the story.
Granite Bay High School-The GazetteFinalistProfile StoryThe passion behind a professional painterSidney ZabellThis profile did a good job summarizing the subject succinctly before moving on to his significance to the school community. Using a student perspective to describe the subject, rather than only quoting the subject himself, was a nice touch.
Granite Bay High School-The GazetteFinalistProfile StoryFacing the dreaded empty nestAbbie GouldThis story was clearly well-researched and included countless student and parent interviews, providing a range of perspectives and different types of relationships. The author chose strong quotes.
CSU Sacramento-The State Hornet1stProfile StoryMeet the man who sued Sac State for right to form an official LGBT club on campus — and wonJohn FerranniniNice use of quotes. Imagery is vivid and transcends the writing. Great perspective on history, with quotes and facts about Ginsberg and Milk.
UCLA-Daily Bruin2ndProfile StoryFree & FightingMackenzie PosseeNice use of quotes...a result of good questions, no doubt. Great link between past student and current one. Love the staccato sentences!
UC Berkeley-The Daily CalifornianFinalistProfile StoryGentrification in South BerkeleyMalini RaimayerNice use of quotes! Imagery is present from beginning to end. Wonderful link between the past, present, and future.
UCLA-Daily BruinFinalistProfile StoryLGBTQ student veteran reflects upon time in military, at UCLAShreya MaskaraGreat use of quotes. The writer is able to draw the reader in with quotes that stir emotions, while emphasizing facts.
Southwestern College-The Sun1stProfile StoryThe boy wonderKaty Stegall
Santa Rosa Junior College-The Oak Leaf2ndProfile StoryOak Leaf profile story 2Michael Barnes
Santa Rosa Junior College-The Oak LeafFinalistProfile StoryOak Leaf Profile story 1Julia Modell
City College of San Francisco-The GuardsmanFinalistProfile StoryWhy the Rams always have Aus-some puntersPatrick Cochran
San Diego State University-The Daily Aztec1stSports Action PhotoRashaad Penny hurdles Boise defendersKelly Smiley
UCLA-Daily Bruin2ndSports Action PhotoUCLA shuts out Oregon in second half, races away with 31-14 winKeila Mayberry
CSU Bakersfield-The RunnerFinalistSports Action PhotoMatt Smith goes up for a contested layupAJ Alvarado
CSU Fullerton-Daily TitanFinalistSports Action PhotoTitan basketball player targets the basketKatie Albertson
Granite Bay High School-The Gazette1stSports Action PhotoBaseball pitcherLogan EmbreePerfect capture of this pitch, shows good action and movement. Visually interesting.
Granite Bay High School-The Gazette2ndSports Action PhotoOff the Line (bottom left)Katie ColognaGreat action shot; would have like to see more of the field of play to understand what I'm looking at exactly.
Castro Valley High School-The OlympianFinalistSports Action PhotoTerhell wrestles her way to the topYoung SoInteresting shot of a wrestler in motion. Somewhat blurry; may need to speed up the lens setting for a crisper photo.
Castro Valley High School-The OlympianFinalistSports Action PhotoTrojans build NCS winning streakWailea SilerGood action and movement. Slightly blurry, and the colors could be brighter. Good overall capture.
San Jose City College-The Times1stSports Action PhotoSan Jose City College against visiting Monterey Peninsula CollegeBenjamin CastroExcellent catch! Photographer was definitely at the right place at the right time.
Southwestern College-The Sun2ndSports Action PhotoClearing every hurdleVictoria SanchezGood solid composition.
Santa Ana College-el DonFinalistSports Action PhotoDons SoccerJessmarie FloresNice cropping, nice composition.
Los Angeles City College-Los Angeles CollegianFinalistSports Action PhotoSparks Soar on Road to WNBA Championship FinalsCliff Cheng
Granite Bay High School-The Gazette1stSports Game StoryFootball falls short of stateWill Anderson, Spencer CovaThe description setting the stage at the beginning was fantastic and really drew me into the story. The writers clearly knew what they were talking about, and taking the angle of interviewing the opposing team's coach was smart.
Harvard-Westlake School-The Chronicle2ndSports Game StoryBoys’ tennis wins CIF-SS DI championship; Boys’ lacrosse defeats rival Loyola in sudden death thriller; Back for More: Boys’ basketball takes home CIF-Southern Section Division 1A titleMatthew Yam, Matthew Yam, Jake LikerThis amusing blend of writing and quotes from the subject created a fun story, made better by the twist ending about the Olympics. The author picked perfect quotes to use.
Granite Bay High School-The GazetteFinalistSports Game StoryVarsity football bounces backAndrew YungGreat blend of game recap, analysis and quotes from players. The authors clearly had a firm grasp on the different sports, and understood the significance of the games within the season. Good use of multimedia as well.
Granite Bay High School-The GazetteFinalistSports Game StoryGBHS rock climber thrives on big stageSpencer CovaThis writer picked an interesting angle -- a look back at the season, rather than a game recap or preview. It turned out well, with strong quotes from players and relevant analysis of the season from the writer.
UCLA-Daily Bruin1stSports Game StoryUCLA men’s basketball season comes to bittersweet endMatt Cummings
San Diego State University-The Daily Aztec2ndSports Game StorySDSU topples No. 19 Stanford, 20-17Abraham Jewitt
CSU Fullerton-Daily TitanFinalistSports Game StoryCSUF Men's Soccer Dominates Sac State in 3-1 home winYaresly Sanchez-Aguilera
CSU Fullerton-Daily TitanFinalistSports Game StoryCSUF Women's Soccer Fails in Big West TournamentHarrison Faigen
Santa Ana College-el Don1stSports Game StoryCraft Leads DonsLaura Garcia
City College of San Francisco-The Guardsman2ndSports Game StoryRams on fire after 59-7 blowout of Diablo ValleyPatrick Cochran
El Camino College-The UnionFinalistSports Game StoryWomen's volleyball team wins rivalry game against Long BeachDmitri Hansen
El Camino College-The UnionFinalistSports Game StoryEl Camino women’s tennis team finds bright spots in loss to Irvine Valley CollegeDon Perez
Santa Rosa Junior College-The Oak Leaf1stWritingOak Leaf writing 3 - Eric ThompsonBrandon McCapesAn extraordinarily difficult and important story to report; this entry explained the issues and missed the landmines that await unwary reporters who venture into this subject matter. The best of several very good entries from Santa Rosa.

Well done.
Southwestern College-The Sun2ndWritingDuty, honor, countryMichael McDonaldA little-known but important issue thoughtfully presented, and relevant to any non-citizen students who are contemplating military careers.

A rare example of meaningful foreign reporting in a community college newspaper.
Fresno City College-RampageFinalistWritingArechigaAshleigh PanooAn on-the-record reflection about DACA and the dreams of a community college student. Concise and thought-provoking. So easy to do a column like this badly, and so difficult to make it look easy when done right.
City College of San Francisco-The GuardsmanFinalistWritingWalking the lineBethaney LeeSuch a tough story to write, but getting the "he/she" personal pronoun confusion out of the way early was the kind of writing decision that can save a complicated story like this. And the simple, no-nonsense but intriguing lede was an inviting decision, too.

UCLA-Daily Bruin1stWritingWar StoriesWilliam Thorne
CSU Fullerton-Daily Titan2ndWritingThe friendship that’s fueled Cal State Fullerton baseballHarrison Faigen
San Jose State University-Spartan DailyFinalistWritingSJSU athletes gamble brains for on-field gloryTrevin Smith
UCLA-Daily BruinFinalistWritingCasting the MoldChristi Carras
Castro Valley High School-The Olympian1stWriting“We all came from somewhere”Hannah Johansson, Ria PanjwaniWriters have balance in quoted opinions. Article is informative and to the point. Great work localizing a national issue.
Granite Bay High School-The Gazette2ndWritingHidden RealitiesSabina MahavniCreative story structure, intriguing introduction. Thorough coverage, many viewpoints quoted.
Archbishop Riordan High School-The CrusaderFinalistWritingSpartan sisterly love saves Crusader brotherRoman PeregrinoI love how the lede connects the theme of the story with the school's motto. The author uses an abundance of telling quotes. Very informative, good use of sources.
Granite Bay High School-The GazetteFinalistWritingLow income kids look like youSteph KangCreative and effective use of language. Repeat of theme conveys strong message.