2015 Better Newspapers Contest Winners — Dailies

CategoryDivisionPlacePublicationCreditEntry TitleJudge’s Comments
Agricultural ReportingDivision A: 150,001 & over1stSan Francisco ChronicleMarissa Lang, Leah MillisWithout water work or homes: Farm laborers displaced by drought
Agricultural ReportingDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndThe Sacramento BeeStaffCalifornia farms amid drought
Agricultural ReportingDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stThe Modesto BeeGarth StapleyCoverage of Oakdale Irrigation DistrictReally good reporting all the way around. Important work.
Agricultural ReportingDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Fresno BeeRobert RodriquezFarmers wasting water or providing benefits?Good package. Great graphic that's very appealing and informative. Story makes its point without belaboring it. Good photos.
Agricultural ReportingDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stThe Desert SunMauricio Pena, Omar Ornelas, Robert HopwoodDeath in the FieldsExcellent reporting series using many resources and large amounts of data. Humanizing the issue with first-person accounts creates drama, along with watchdog reporting of OSHA and other industry agencies. Excellent use of photos and graphics to help tell the stories.
Agricultural ReportingDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe TribuneJulia Hickey, Kathe TannerThirst on the rangeSolid reporting, excellent use of multiple sources, nice storytelling.
Agricultural ReportingDivision D: 15,000 & under1stThe Union, Grass ValleyLiz KellarThe green elephant in the room; Transplants a growing problemInteresting; full of information; new concepts; public problem; totally different take on pot than most newspaper reports; authoritative information; very good illustrative photos. Excellent
Agricultural ReportingDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndVisalia Times-Delta & Tulare Advance-RegisterDavid CastellonCracking DownGood approach to difficult problem; good explication of problem, mostly, but not all from one meeting; states problem, some solution, economic impact.
Artistic PhotoDivision A: 150,001 & over1stLos Angeles TimesAllen J. SchabenLightning at Lake MeadCapturing the natural events of a rainbow and a lightning strike in the same image is what makes this photo so unique and artistic. Also the technical difficulty that is involved in properly exposing for this image makes it stand above the rest. Beautifully done.
Artistic PhotoDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndSan Jose Mercury NewsDai SuganoReflections on a cityComposing images and layering a photograph is very difficult. But the photographer does an incredible job of looking for the right image to balance the composition and it works incredibly well. This is an everyday image that is hidden right in front of you in plain sight but it takes a creative eye to bring it to light for the everyday viewer.
Artistic PhotoDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stInland Valley Daily BulletinWill LesterWoman mourner
Artistic PhotoDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Fresno BeeCraig KohlrussAutumn wonderland
Artistic PhotoDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stSanta Cruz SentinelShmuel ThalerReedy ReflectionI love the attention to detail! A great way to remind the community of the beauty that surrounds them. Was the photo cropped? It would have been nice to fit the entire reflection of the coot in the bottom corner. Overall this is a really strong artistic shot.
Artistic PhotoDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe RecordClifford OtoSunsetI love the framing, silhouette and layers you've utilized here. It's a neat moment as well. This image would have easily taken first place in my book had it not been so saturated/contrasted. I imagine those sunset colors were quite vibrant naturally, so no need for such extreme filters/editing!
Artistic PhotoDivision D: 15,000 & under1stTimes-Herald, VallejoChris RileyDrops of ColorI like this shot a lot. Creative, colorful and artistic.
Artistic PhotoDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndMerced Sun-StarAndrew KuhnDrought - Lake McClureThis is a nice, artistic representation of drought at Lake McClure.
Arts & Entertainment CoverageDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stThe Desert SunAshley Breeding, Kate Franco, Greg BurtonDesert Magazine
Arts & Entertainment CoverageDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndAntelope Valley PressBrittany McShea, Andrew ShackleyShowcase
Arts & Entertainment CoverageDivision D: 15,000 & under1stThe Napa Valley RegisterStaff
Arts & Entertainment CoverageDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndMonterey HeraldStaffGo! Magazine, June 18 & 25, 2015
Arts & Entertainment CoverageDivisions A & B: 35,001 & over1stLos Angeles TimesStaffSunday Arts & Entertainment Coverage
Arts & Entertainment CoverageDivisions A & B: 35,001 & over2ndSan Francisco ChronicleStaff
Best ColumnsDivision A: 150,001 & over1stThe San Diego Union-TribuneDan McSwainExtremely informative columns, particularly the column about Gov. Brown wielding enormous power with PUC. Well-crafted reporting of important issues.
Best ColumnsDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndSan Francisco ChronicleC.W. NeviusTwo compelling, well-written columns. C.W. engages the reader quickly and keeps our attention throughout the story. Couldn't stop reading.... that says something.
Best ColumnsDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stContra Costa TimesDaniel BorensteinGood watchdog angles that are thoroughly reported.
Best ColumnsDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Press DemocratKerry Benefield, Lowell Cohn, Paul GullixsonSolid, well-reported columns.
Best ColumnsDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stThe RecordMichael KlockeHeavenly Harvey and The letter and the lawWell written, addresses important topic, establishes a face behind a decision; Excellent story telling, keeps the reader going to the end.
Best ColumnsDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe RecordMichael FitzgeraldA reckoning for Misty and An Idiot's Christmas carolGreat writing, real storytelling in Christmas Carol piece. Second piece on Misty has good information, but is disjointed and assumes the reader knows all the background. Strong point made.
Best ColumnsDivision D: 15,000 & under1stMerced Sun-StarAna IbarraLet's Talk HealthLove the combination of solid reporting and skilled writing with the personal. Even better that it's covering a variety of community health issues.
Best ColumnsDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndThe Davis EnterpriseMarion FranckThe Plane to Paris leaves soon and This is ParisDidn't want to care, her writing made me care, including a little actual sniveling. Well done and personal looks at worldwide story.
Best Editorial CartoonDivision A: 150,001 & over1stLos Angeles TimesDavid HorseyLight Against DarknessBrought tears to my eyes.
Best Editorial CartoonDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndThe San Diego Union-TribuneSteve BreenEditorial cartoons by Steve Breen (five cartoons)Breadth and depth of the cartoons was fabulous. Made me laugh and think.
Best Editorial CartoonDivisions B, C & D: 150,000 & under1stThe Fresno BeeSW ParraThe Four Years of the California Drought
Best Editorial CartoonDivisions B, C & D: 150,000 & under2ndMarin Independent JournalGeorge RussellCalifornia's drought
Best Editorial CommentDivision A: 150,001 & over1stLos Angeles TimesScott MartelleTerror Suspects and Their GunsGreat editorial. It takes a position that might, at first blush, seem contrarian to many readers. The editorial writer calmly and logically lays out the dangerous legal and moral quandary presented by putting individuals on a "no guns list" without due process. It's easy to follow without being condescending.
Best Editorial CommentDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndSan Jose Mercury NewsEd ClendanielPG&E still trying to duck responsibilityThis editorial spotlights PG&E's abhorrent, behind-the-scenes wrangling to minimize the financial costs the utility faced for destroying a neighborhood and killing eight people. The utility's lobbying might have been a short news story that escaped people's notice, but as mom says, it's the stuff you do when nobody's watching that reveals your true character. The musters the appropriate level of outrage at PG&E's failure to say, "We messed up" and pay the darn fine.
Best Editorial CommentDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stThe Fresno BeeBill McEwenCounty hides truth about death of Seth Ireland
Best Editorial CommentDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndContra Costa TimesDaniel BorensteinRichmond must address poor finances
Best Editorial CommentDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stThe Desert SunDesert Sun Editorial BoardMayor Pougnet owes voters an explanationA carefully crafted editorial that clearly lays out the case for better disclosure while still giving Mayor Pougnet credit for his accomplishments.
Best Editorial CommentDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe RecordMike KlockePolitical GamesmanshipA strong editorial that raises important questions about apparent out-of-sight deal-making to position one board member for political advantage.
Best Editorial CommentDivision D: 15,000 & under1stMerced Sun-StarMike DunbarMID must contest flawed FERC impact statement
Best Editorial CommentDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndTimes-StandardMarc VallesRight to know
Best Front Page BroadsheetDivision A: 150,001 & over1stSan Jose Mercury NewsStaffThe Oscar for Best CaucasianLos Angeles Times it the hometown paper for Hollywood, and this simple display quickly illustrates the issue many spoke about this year. The placement and selection of the "Selma" still works well between the rows of all-white faces.
Best Front Page BroadsheetDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndThe Orange County RegisterStaffRepublican idol, Inside the Snitch Tank, Their storiesThis selection of strong front pages shows a range of strong news judgment and design flair. The Republic idol layout carries a page strong in other local news as well. The coverage from the San Bernardino attacks visually was compelling, and the use of the photos of those killed laid out simply effectively and respectively shows the human toll.
Best Front Page BroadsheetDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stThe Press DemocratStaffDevastation, Rock Stars, GoldenFront pages use strong images and sophisticated type play to create importance. A clear winner.
Best Front Page BroadsheetDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Fresno BeeMichael YparreaSept. 14, Nov. 29 & Dec. 6, 2015Good variety shows that front pages are embedded into the planning process.
Best Front Page BroadsheetDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stThe Desert SunTricia Reinhold, Amil Steiner, Take UdaGreat use of white space, graphics and stories.
Best Front Page BroadsheetDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe TribuneStaffNice large graphics and good design and layout.
Best Front Page BroadsheetDivision D: 15,000 & under1stSanta Maria TimesLen Wood, Harold PierceGood mix of important local and wire stories blended with thoughtful, eye-catching centerpieces. Layouts are clean and easy to navigate. Headlines could be punchier, more active (name hotel, rewrite "to" heads, cut down words in promos). Good use of photos, graphics and color.
Best Front Page BroadsheetDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndMonterey HeraldStaffDec. 11, 2014, Sept. 24, 2015, and Oct. 20, 2015Loved the all-local fronts. Pages were active and cleanly designed, making them easy to navigate. Excellent use of headline fonts and weights; nicely written headlines. Very nice use of photos. Nice use of factbox in Weather package.
Best Investigative ReportingDivision A: 150,001 & over1stThe Sacramento BeeMarjie Lundstrom, Phillip ReeseNursing Homes UnmaskedAs California's population ages, more of its residents come into contact with an extensive array of privately run care facilities. The Bee's team does a great job of diving in and identifying the key players and shortcomings of an industry that touches millions of lives, yet is largely obfuscated from public view by a host of shell LLCs and frequent ownership changes. The database is an invaluable public resource.
Best Investigative ReportingDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndLos Angeles TimesChad Terhune, Melody PetersenDeadly Outbreaks, Dangerous ScopesJust a terrific job tying together a series of outbreaks at disparate hospitals. The comparisons between how Olympus handled the scopes' flaws in Europe vs. the U.S. raise troubling questions about the company's conduct, and the entire package casts doubt upon the federal government's ability to properly regulate the massive medical device industry. This work is deeply chilling and important.
Best Investigative ReportingDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stThe Modesto BeeGarth StapleyJustice DelayedThis was a good example of following up on a tip and finding the data needed to show how profound the problem was for victims and defendants to get their day in court. The Bee continued to follow the story and get more data, forcing once mum public officials to finally comment on the situation.
Best Investigative ReportingDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndDaily News, Los AngelesStaffGetting Away With MurderThis was an impressive database created that found inequities in clearance rates by race. The interactive map was a multifaceted way to let readers explore the story.
Best Investigative ReportingDivisions C & D: 35,000 & under1stThe Desert SunBrett Kelman, Brad HeathRiverside County's wiretaps
Best Investigative ReportingDivisions C & D: 35,000 & under2ndThe Desert SunBrett KelmanThe Most Secretive Sytem
Best Sports Game StoryDivision A: 150,001 & over1stLos Angeles TimesGary KleinUSC Turns on the Power to Beat UCLA
Best Sports Game StoryDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndSan Francisco ChronicleRusty SimmonsWarriors beat Cavs, capture first title in 40 years
Best Sports Game StoryDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stThe Bakersfield CalifornianZach EwingCoach Bryan Nixon earns first section title in six triesStory does a great job of giving the reader a feel of the local historical significance of the game. Nice transitions help story flow. Great quotes.
Best Sports Game StoryDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Press DemocratPhil Barber, Matt Brown, Lowell Cohn, Phil BarberRock Stars / Show of strength / Dominant"Rock Stars:" Great to see that the story not only focuses on the climbers themselves (which it does excellently), but the surrounding scene as well, which helps further cement this epic accomplishment.
"Show of strength:" Describes the hardships of the game efficient, which helps back up the lead.
"Dominant:" Great lead. Would have liked to see a quote or two in the story.
Best Sports Game StoryDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stSanta Cruz SentinelAndrew MathesonLuke Rockhold’s fists of fury deliver Santa Cruz fighter UFC middleweight beltNice display and a great lead.
Best Sports Game StoryDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe RecordThomas LawrenceParty time for RamsNice approach on the lead. Good deadline writing.
Best Sports Game StoryDivision D: 15,000 & under1stThe Union, Grass ValleyWalter FordFootball takes back seat Friday at Hooper StadiumVery good story, but it went on a little too long ... could have closed the story by using another mention or quote about Mitch ...
Best Sports Game StoryDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndAppeal-DemocratJimmy GrabenExtra (Inning) SpecialVery good story ... tight ... used quotes well
Best Sports Page or SectionDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stThe Desert SunSports StaffGreat use of images, text and ads. All seem to balance. Writing seems solid.
Best Sports Page or SectionDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe TribuneStaffGood design and layout of images and stories. Didn't seem overwhelming.
Best Sports Page or SectionDivision D: 15,000 & under1stTimes-StandardStaffStrong advance and results coverage for key local college football game. Interesting writing.
Best Sports Page or SectionDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndThe Napa Valley RegisterMarty James, Andy Wilcox, Yousef BaigGood all-around coverage - high school football, pro golf, youth sports all represented. Game stories are capably written.
Best Sports Page or SectionDivisions A & B: 35,001 & over1stSan Francisco ChronicleStaff
Best Sports Page or SectionDivisions A & B: 35,001 & over2ndLos Angeles TimesStaff
Best WritingDivision A: 150,001 & over1stLos Angeles TimesThomas CurwenA Lonely War Comes Home
Best WritingDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndLos Angeles TimesChristopher GoffardA Mother's Wrenching Coice
Best WritingDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stPress-Telegram, Long BeachJosh DulaneyLong Beach’s poorest zip code also one of its deadliest
Best WritingDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Fresno BeeCarmen GeorgeWith hands linked, elderly couple dies
Best WritingDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stRecord SearchlightAlayna ShulmanMentally ill fall deeper into crisis on Shasta County's streets
Best WritingDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe RecordAlex BreitlerNational Treasure
Best WritingDivision D: 15,000 & under1stAppeal-DemocratLeticia Gutierrez"70 Years Since the End: Where the trains took them"Beautiful writing with compelling characters. The two Pacific Theater pics were a bit odd.
Best WritingDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndThe Davis EnterpriseAnne Ternus-BellamyA wonderful life, at George’s CornerA very sweet story.
Breaking NewsDivision A: 150,001 & over1stLos Angeles TimesStaffSan Bernardino Terrorist AttackAn admirable combination of fast-paced, nimble online updates across multiple platforms and an authoritative first-day print package, including graphics. The Times followed with moving, incisive coverage over the two weeks that focused on victims, the suspects and the minute-by-minute response. A clearly devised approach to a shifting story about global terrorism hitting a workplace and a community.
Breaking NewsDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndSan Francisco ChronicleStaffBalcony collapse kills 6A stirring series of stories on the Berkeley balcony collapse that managed to move the story in quick order from the disaster to the tale of a gathering undermined by faulty construction, with ties to other cases.
Breaking NewsDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stThe Press DemocratStaffValley FireCompelling writing, smart reporting, great layout and stunning photography.
Breaking NewsDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Oakland TribuneStaffBerkeley Balcony CollapseThorough job on the accident and the investigation of the cause.
Breaking NewsDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stThe Desert SunStaffSan Bernardino mass shootingGreat initiative to get the story instead of relying on outside outlets. Complete reporting; excellent use of visuals, graphics and multimedia. Comprehensive coverage both in print and online.
Breaking NewsDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe Desert SunStaffFBI raids Palm Springs City HallImpressive online package with links and multimedia. Full, comprehensive coverage of story.
Breaking NewsDivision D: 15,000 & under1stThe Union DemocratGuy McCarthy, Jason Cowan, Alex MacLeanButte Fire coverageWow, terrific story package. A lot of great personal stories. A lot of information. Very impressive.
Breaking NewsDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndThe Union, Grass ValleyStaff2,300-acre Lowell Fire threatens western Nevada CountyExcellent package! A lot of great secondary stories including "what to do in case of an evacuation", "pulling in resources"; and "where the animals go." Very well done.
Coverage of Business NewsDivision A: 150,001 & over1stLos Angeles TimesChris Kirkham, Andrew KhouriPortsOutstanding look at the outsized power of a labor union to affect a critical part of the national economy. Comprehensive reporting, clear writing, manageable story lengths. Could have used some graphic elements, but storytelling itself is very strong.
Coverage of Business NewsDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndSan Jose Mercury NewsJeremy Owens, Lisa M. KriegerPharmacyclics' 'miracle cure': A cancer drugSuperbly written story and presentation on an amazing comeback for a Bay Area biotech firm. Strong quotes, good graphics and pullouts.
Coverage of Business NewsDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stThe Bakersfield CalifornianJohn CoxInside FrackingReally interesting story that lays out the process of fracking in California's Kern County. Excellent graphics. Easy to understand. Great photos. Top notch all the way around.
Coverage of Business NewsDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Fresno BeeRobert RodriguezDrought creates new reality for farmersGood story, great photo, good graphic. All around, a really good package.
Coverage of Business NewsDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stThe RecordAlex BreitlerDiamond in the rough
Coverage of Business NewsDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe Desert SunSammy RothDrinking the Pacific
Coverage of Business NewsDivision D: 15,000 & under1stAppeal-DemocratEric Vodden"A man with a plan"
Coverage of Business NewsDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndThe SignalJana AdkinsA Disconnected Valley
Coverage of EducationDivision A: 150,001 & over1stSan Francisco ChronicleHeather KnightLiving together, learning apart
Coverage of EducationDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndLos Angeles TimesHoward BlumeLAUSD
Coverage of EducationDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stContra Costa TimesMatthias GafniDaughter of nanny kicked out of school; districts seek to ferret out nonresidentsThis story started small and really grew, and the reporter followed it to the very end. Thorough reporting that asked the right questions about school district authority to investigate parents and children. Really enjoyed this series.
Coverage of EducationDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Fresno BeeStaffEye on Education seriesExhaustive examination of special education and how it has evolved. Insightful education reporting when it comes to curriculum and teaching a demanding but important student population. Really well done.
Coverage of EducationDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stThe Desert SunKristen HwangFarm to Schoolbreadth of reporting and superior writing. nice flow and really delved into the topic with balance.
Coverage of EducationDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndMarin Independent JournalJanis MaraHigher Churninggood political look at the lives of superintendents and the juggling of their jobs vis a vis school boards and the variance in relationship between the two sides. Good details and information on the subject.
Coverage of EducationDivision D: 15,000 & under1stSanta Maria TimesJamie GuistaDual immersion teaching English, Spanish
Coverage of EducationDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndMonterey HeraldClaudia Meléndez SalinasTeacher shortage in Monterey County
Coverage of Local GovernmentDivision A: 150,001 & over1stThe Sacramento BeeJon OrtizCal Fire scandalJon Ortiz has done a fine job following the trail of a homicide case into a dysfunctional division of the state's firefighting and forestry agency. The behavior he exposed through use of public documents is exasperating and serves to raise questions about how taxpayer dollars are being spent at the Ione academy. The series shows that good watchdog journalism can be built on smaller, daily reports that lead to something larger, in this case a damning chronicle of bureaucratic incompetence.
Coverage of Local GovernmentDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndLos Angeles TimesStaffPolitics and RaceThe reporters in this series show the immense value of City Hall beat coverage, turning simple questions about Mayor Eric Garcetti's schedule, shifting stance on free trade policy and special interest support into revealing stories about one of the nation's ambitious big-city mayors and a rising Democratic star.
Coverage of Local GovernmentDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stThe Bakersfield CalifornianJames BurgerSleeping Giant The Latino VoteExcellent exploration of a critical issue in California politics - one seldom explored to this extent. Graphics used impressively effectively.
Coverage of Local GovernmentDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Modesto BeeGarth StapleyCoverage of Oakdale Irrigation DistrictAs story says, special districts are hard to sell. This series does a great job of explaining it in digestible ways, showing its importance and following through.
Coverage of Local GovernmentDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stThe Desert SunSkip Descant, Kia Farhang, Barrett NewkirkPalm Springs mayor comes under fire
Coverage of Local GovernmentDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndSan Gabriel Valley TribuneRebecca Kimitch, Steve Scauzillo, Frank GirardotCity of Industry under scrutiny
Coverage of Local GovernmentDivision D: 15,000 & under1stMonterey HeraldJim JohnsonSCRAMP, Monterey County battle over Laguna Seca racewaySolid reporting and flawless reporting over the course of a year.
Coverage of Local GovernmentDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndMerced Sun-StarRob ParsonsArrest of District Attorney’s son sparks questions, tensionsThe value of building good sources in law enforcement pays off; a series of good "gets" with lots of reader interest.
Enterprise News Story or SeriesDivision A: 150,001 & over1stSan Jose Mercury NewsTracey Kaplan, Robert Salonga, Julia Prodis SulekFallout from Michael Tyree's Jail Death
Enterprise News Story or SeriesDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndThe Sacramento BeeCharles PillerAn unquiet death: The last days of Jerome Lackner
Enterprise News Story or SeriesDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stThe Oakland TribuneNatalie AlundCold Case Closure
Enterprise News Story or SeriesDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndContra Costa TimesRowena Coetsee, Nate GartrellAntioch crime: Striving for a safer city
Enterprise News Story or SeriesDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stThe Desert SunBrett KelmanSentenced to Death -- Living The Dream
Enterprise News Story or SeriesDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndMarin Independent JournalMegan HansenHistory museum sales assailed; Historical artifacts leave Marin
Enterprise News Story or SeriesDivision D: 15,000 & under1stThe Davis EnterpriseElizabeth CasePutah Creek seriesExcellent series. Daunting, ambitious and thoroughly researched. A history that portends the future is laid out nicely. Good multiplicity of graphics. Liked the way the info box at the beginning of each piece recapped the series segments. Good use of original art. Nice lead on the final part 5. Very well done, should be proud.
Enterprise News Story or SeriesDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndAppeal-DemocratKirk Barron, Staff"Dragon Lady: 60 Years: U2"Very interesting and readable topic. Well researched and covered. The photos are stunning and are a telling complement to this series. Not so sure I would have saved the Francis Gary Powers sidebar for the final installment...Should have been higher. He's the guy who made this series possible. Otherwise, very good enterprise piece. History with a twist. Unique storytelling.
Environmental ReportingDivision A: 150,001 & over1stLos Angeles TimesStaffBig Oil and Climate Change
Environmental ReportingDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndThe Sacramento BeeStaffCalifornia drought
Environmental ReportingDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stContra Costa TimesDenis CuffOn the run: Scientists thrilled to find Central Valley rivers filled with salmon
Environmental ReportingDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Fresno BeeAndrea CastilloWATER: BEYOND tHE DROUGHT CRISIS
Environmental ReportingDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stThe Desert SunIan James, Steve Elfers, Steve ReillyPumped DryI really enjoyed stories from people around the world.
Environmental ReportingDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe Desert SunStaffDire Drought
Environmental ReportingDivision D: 15,000 & under1stThe Davis EnterpriseTanya PerezBodega Lab
Environmental ReportingDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndAppeal-DemocratAndrew CreaseyDrought Watch / Water Down
Feature PhotoDivision A: 150,001 & over1stThe Orange County RegisterKen SteinhardtWalk the dinosaurThe photo captures the quirkiness of the man's job/hobby very well.
Feature PhotoDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndSan Francisco ChronicleTim HussinWe DoGood composition and use of lighting. Photo elements tell the story well.
Feature PhotoDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stThe Bakersfield CalifornianFelix AdamoHeron catches squirrelCatching an amazing moment doesn't come often. Well done.
Feature PhotoDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Fresno BeeJohn WalkerFeed the butterflies at Big Fresno FairYou can't beat the sheer hilarity of children when they're surprised and pleased. Every moment leading up to and just after this shot wouldn't be as good.
Feature PhotoDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stRecord SearchlightGreg BarnetteFair GameGreat moment from a routine assignment. Funny and well shot, clean image.
Feature PhotoDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe TribuneJoe JohnstonRush Hour RockerGreat found moment, nicely composed. Tells the story well.
Feature PhotoDivision D: 15,000 & under1stAppeal-DemocratChris Kaufman100th Birthday PartyThe photographer captured the joy on Mr. Barrack's face at just the right moment.
Feature PhotoDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndTimes-Herald, VallejoMike JoryGraduation CelebrationPerfect moment, great angle and lighting
General ExcellenceDivision A: 150,001 & over1stSan Francisco ChronicleStaff
General ExcellenceDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndLos Angeles TimesStaff
General ExcellenceDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stSan Francisco ExaminerStaff
General ExcellenceDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Modesto BeeStaff
General ExcellenceDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stThe Desert SunStaffGreat job on the local angle of the Paris attack. Very nice drug story enterprise. Great design throughout.
General ExcellenceDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndMarin Independent JournalStaffVery clean looking. Nice design and use of art. Local enterprise. Nice forum and lifestyle sections. Saturday Soapbox is great.
General ExcellenceDivision D: 15,000 & under1stSanta Maria TimesStaffStrong breaking news combined with community news in sections throughout this paper give the reader a real feel for the community. Pages are well presented in a clear, uncluttered fashion.
General ExcellenceDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndMerced Sun-StarStaffI like the clean look of this paper, and these editions showcase excellent breaking news and follow-up reporting. Beyond that, there is local news and sports displayed well throughout the paper and sections.
Informational GraphicDivision A: 150,001 & over1stSan Jose Mercury NewsPaiThe Big ChillThe combination of the artwork and the research made this an excellent and appealing graphic. It does just what a good graphic should do -- explains difficult concepts in a way any reader can understand.
Informational GraphicDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndLos Angeles TimesJon Schleuss, Rong-Gong Lin II, Rosanna XiaGirl Scout Cookies: A Division of FlavorWho knew that a graphic about Girl Scout cookies could be so informative? What a pleasant surprise.
Informational GraphicDivisions B, C & D: 150,000 & under1stThe Fresno BeeJohn AlvinTerminator Time (line)Killer, easy to understand timeline that is both fun and informative. Loved the coloration. And I appreciated the interplay between Arnold and the other characters. In your face powerful, but simple.
Informational GraphicDivisions B, C & D: 150,000 & under2ndThe Desert SunRobert HopwoodGroundwater levels in the Coachella ValleyExcellent use of online multimedia elements. Very ambitious with an intriguing combination of graphics, videos and stills. The snow pack depiction was very effective and easy to understand. The new media would otherwise win the day except that another print entry presented the single best informational graphic in the contest, and won.
Inside Page Layout & Design BroadsheetDivision A: 150,001 & over1stLos Angeles TimesStaffL.A. Times Inside Page Layout
Inside Page Layout & Design BroadsheetDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndSan Jose Mercury NewsStaffAn App is Born
Inside Page Layout & Design BroadsheetDivision D: 15,000 & under1stAuburn JournalIke Dodson, Megan HouchinAuburn Journal Inside Page Layout & DesignGreat color. Loved the cuts into both the text and the photo. It was unusual and effective.
Inside Page Layout & Design BroadsheetDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndThe Napa Valley RegisterStaffLoved the use of color. Really liked the numbering, bulet points etc making it easier to read. I always appreciate having the writer's e-mail addresses. Thought that a couple pages were overcrowded.
Inside Page Layout & Design BroadsheetDivisions B & C: 15,001 - 150,0001stDaily News, Los AngelesKay ScanlonConsistently strong photo illustrations push this entry to the top. Getting out > Best bets feature provides convenient menu of activities for the reader.
Inside Page Layout & Design BroadsheetDivisions B & C: 15,001 - 150,0002ndThe TribuneStaffBattle of the Buns page ties stylish typography selections, luscious photo illustrations, effective white space, and quality content into an attractive package.
Lifestyle CoverageDivision A: 150,001 & over1stSan Francisco ChronicleStaff
Lifestyle CoverageDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndLos Angeles TimesStaff
Lifestyle CoverageDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stThe Bakersfield CalifornianEye Street StaffCatchy headlines, interesting writing, fun topics, good photos and lots of informative pull quotes, fact boxes and breakouts all combine to make this a winner.
Lifestyle CoverageDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Press DemocratStaffTime Out: May 8, 15Clean design that puts a variety of informative pieces on the front page. Solid writing, attractive art. A professional feel, but could probably be edgier.
Lifestyle CoverageDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stThe TribuneStaffCentral Coast LivingThese robust, creative sections have a great mix of local content to reflect the region's wine, art and lifestyle scenes. Even wire choices add a sophisticated content to appeal to your demographic. Great design overall and spot-on handling of the reader-submissions for Mother's Day.
Lifestyle CoverageDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndSanta Barbara News-PressCharlotte Boechler"I Am Trans"The "I am Trans" special project was a intelligent, touching, informative look at the lives and challenges of the Santa Barbara area Transgender community.
Lifestyle CoverageDivision D: 15,000 & under1stLake County Record-BeeStaffEat+Drink pagesWhether writing about Brussels sprouts, cinnamon rolls or artisanal soda, or describing the rich, ripe aromas of a local wine, Dave Faries deftly captures the color of both his community and his subjects throughout these sections.
Lifestyle CoverageDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndMonterey HeraldStaffEat+Drink, Dec. 9 & 16, 2015These sections provide a window in the restaurants, food and the people behind them in the Monterey area, with special shout outs to the feature on carmel-maker Lauren Palminteri and the story about the upscale resurgence of fried chicken.
News PhotoDivision A: 150,001 & over1stLos Angeles TimesMarcus YamA Final FarewellThe grief and family love captured in this photo gave me goose bumps. Well done.
News PhotoDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndThe San Diego Union-TribuneAlejandro TamayoLife goes onAmazing right place, right time of this disaster happening in real time and the couple completely unaware of it.
News PhotoDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stThe Fresno BeeJohn Walker‘Two dead in murder/suicide’Great emotion and relationship captured between the two subjects. Really stood out.
News PhotoDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndPress-Telegram, Long BeachStephen CarrGrandfather's funeralAn emotional scene captured well, and every part of frame has an emotional impact.
News PhotoDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stMarin Independent JournalRobert TongStructure fire
News PhotoDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe Desert SunRichard LuiSan Bernardino first responder
News PhotoDivision D: 15,000 & under1stUkiah Daily JournalChris PughMissing girl found safe
News PhotoDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndLodi News-SentinelBea AhbeckLoyal K9
Non-Profile Feature StoryDivision A: 150,001 & over1stLos Angeles TimesJoe Mozingo, Francine Orr, Liz O. BaylenSan Bernardino: Broken CityThis is the best kind of journalism. I can't say enough good about this package, but I will say this: It's so well-crafted and takes a huge topic, breaking it into bite-sized chunks. You also put the issue into perspective at such an appropriate and important time. Personalizing this was extraordinarily done. Kudos to you for amazing work.
Non-Profile Feature StoryDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndLos Angeles TimesJeffrey FleishmanInside the L.A. PhilharmonicVery impressive body of work. Takes a topic and explores from numerous vantage points, all the while explaining to readers why it matters. Well-researched, written and presented. Excellent.
Non-Profile Feature StoryDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stThe Press DemocratAngela Hart, Meg McConaheyCare out of reach for transgender patients/ A world apart (Sonoma Developmental Center)This first-place ranking is for the story "A World Apart" only; somehow two separate entries were included on this file. "A World Apart" is a compelling read about a subject few know about or understand. The writer did an outstanding job pulling the reader in from the beginning and showing the struggle that people on both sides of the issue face. Great detail and color. Effective, haunting, use of photos and other elements (poem).
Non-Profile Feature StoryDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Bakersfield CalifornianKelly ArdisMcFarland: Up and RunningA winning story! For someone unfamiliar with the movie and town, it put everything into context. It's not easy capturing the history of a place in so many words, but this piece did with thoughtful, engaging analysis. Meaningful photos, both past and present, and well placed. Suggestions: stronger subheads, watch style and punctuation (saw couple things). Also, one photo didn't fill frame.
Non-Profile Feature StoryDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stThe Desert SunSammy RothLearning From Sin City
Non-Profile Feature StoryDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe Desert SunNathan BrownUncalculated Tragedy
Non-Profile Feature StoryDivision D: 15,000 & under1stDaily PressShea JohnsonIn North Adelanto, residents cling to hopeGreat descriptive language. Story feels very original, the reporter addressed one topic and took it in variety of interesting ways.
Non-Profile Feature StoryDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndVisalia Times-Delta & Tulare Advance-RegisterDan Kukla, Ron HolmanAdoption packagesA touching article that has a number of different families, but all have their own unique stories to tell. Tied together very nicely.
Online General ExcellenceDivisions A & B: 35,001 & over1stLos Angeles TimesStafflatimes.com
Online General ExcellenceDivisions A & B: 35,001 & over2ndSan Francisco ChronicleStaffsfchronicle.com
Online General ExcellenceDivisions C & D: 35,000 & under1stRecord SearchlightStaffredding.com
Online General ExcellenceDivisions C & D: 35,000 & under2ndThe Napa Valley RegisterStaffnapavalleyregister.com
Online Photo Story/EssayDivisions A & B: 35,001 & over1stThe Fresno BeeSilvia Flores, John Walker, Craig KohlrussFaces of the DroughtCompelling series on the human toll of California's drought. It was well balanced between more mundane, everyday coping and the more desperate situations created by the drought.
Online Photo Story/EssayDivisions A & B: 35,001 & over2ndDaily News, Los AngelesWatchara PhomacindaHonor guardWell shot, engaging look at the time, dedication and training that goes into Honor Guard funerals.
Online Photo Story/EssayDivisions C & D: 35,000 & under1stMarin Independent JournalFrankie FrostInside Death RowI was torn between this fantastic entry and the Vietnam photo essay, both great pieces. Not a lot of photo journalists would expose themselves to such a shoot. This is for your viewers who only see inmates on death row in television movies and documentaries. This was real and right here in our own backyard. Fantastic work! Congratulations.
Online Photo Story/EssayDivisions C & D: 35,000 & under2ndThe Napa Valley RegisterRaphael KluzniokLucha Libre comes to Napa
Photo IllustrationDivisions A & B: 35,001 & over1stSan Jose Mercury NewsDai SuganoSpider-Man eats breakfastI love this illustration of superheroes at "home." Funny and technically excellent.
Photo IllustrationDivisions A & B: 35,001 & over2ndLos Angeles TimesGenaro MolinaJack BlackThis is a spot-on portrait of how I picture Jack Black's personality. Great idea and execution!
Photo IllustrationDivisions C & D: 35,000 & under1stRecord SearchlightGreg Barnette, Aimee WandroShasta Knights
Photo IllustrationDivisions C & D: 35,000 & under1stThe Napa Valley RegisterKelly DorenGustav Holst's The PlanetsComposition, the concept and vibrant colors make this the clear winner
Photo IllustrationDivisions C & D: 35,000 & under2ndChico Enterprise-RecordTercius Bufete, Mark RojasAlmond Bowl 45
Photo IllustrationDivisions C & D: 35,000 & under2ndTimes-StandardDanny Penza, Mark RojasHumboldt LumberjacksGood use of cutouts and nice integration with art elements
Photo Story/EssayDivision A: 150,001 & over1stSan Francisco ChroniclePaula BronsteinLesbosThis is outstanding work. Great batch of images that tell a compelling story.
Photo Story/EssayDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndLos Angeles TimesLuis SincoThe Dark AwakenedI really like this page. It has a great feel and I think gets the photographers point across nicely. The sax player on the bottom is really neat and each image has it's own unique, people oriented perspective. Well done.
Photo Story/EssayDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stThe Fresno BeeCraig KohlrussCanopy of ColorStunning photos in both subject, composition and technique. Makes a point without any words. But it sort of feels like an unfair advantage since it's Yosemite rather than being local, especially since it's not on a Travel page. Would have preferred to see the local settings.
Photo Story/EssayDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Fresno BeeJohn WalkerFacing the bullReally impressive lede shot of the bull with the subject. Liked how the photos showed a narrative spanning time and place. It did, however, take reading the words to figure out the main subject was the protector, not the rider. Also, the shot of the subject coming to work could have been improved by actually showing him entering the ring. And, the shot of him going out afterward would have said more if he had actually been in the bar having a drink, or whatever.
Photo Story/EssayDivisions C & D: 35,000 & under1stLake County Record-BeeStaffValley Fire
Photo Story/EssayDivisions C & D: 35,000 & under2ndMarin Independent JournalFrankie FrostMarin at Work
Profile Feature StoryDivision A: 150,001 & over1stLos Angeles TimesDaniel MillerFinding MarloweLoved it. "I followed a lead to a big man drenched in sweat …" One foot in front of the other writing is perfect for this.
Profile Feature StoryDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndLos Angeles TimesPaul Pringle, Nathan FennoUSC's Pat Haden: Outside RolesNice lede. Nice transition into the issues of pay for sitting on boards, etc.
Profile Feature StoryDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stThe Bakersfield CalifornianJason KotowskiThe fall of a 'consumate cop'Very well-reported story. How did this man in the news get to this point? The writer answers the question with a clear-eyed reconstruction of the subject's life. Reader is drawn along nicely on a fascinating tale.
Profile Feature StoryDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Press DemocratJeremy HayLife-or-death Moments: Retired CHP officer reflects on 18 years of averting suicidesBest lead in the category. Really makes you want to read on. Well-reported, and the juxtaposition of the subject's own depression makes it a compelling read. It's powerful material, but the writer knew just what to do with it. Made it very difficult to pick first place in this category.
Profile Feature StoryDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stThe RecordLori GilbertA marvel and a miracle
Profile Feature StoryDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndSanta Cruz SentinelWallace BaineSanta Cruz County Stories: Musician, poet and chef Michael Brown takes on the ravages of ALS
Profile Feature StoryDivision D: 15,000 & under1stAppeal-DemocratMonica Vaughan"Heartache, hope in quest to find parents"The well-written introduction really stood out to me. It was descriptive and intriguing. It pulled me in and made me want to continue reading. Rita's compelling story is told excellently.
Profile Feature StoryDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndThe SignalDan AgnewCan't Doesn't ExistI really like the headline. It's perfect for a very uplifting and inspiring story. The article is well-written: it's descriptive and does a great job at telling Justin's story. It's a sport story but it's not technical so everyone, even non-sports people, can read it and relate.
Special SectionDivision A: 150,001 & over1stSan Francisco ChronicleStaffSpecial section
Special SectionDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndThe San Diego Union-TribuneGary Robbins, StaffThe Wonders of Your Brain
Special SectionDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stDaily News, Los AngelesStaffSpecial Report: Getting Away With MurderCompelling reporting, very humanizing to the victims as well as a comprehensive community story -- great balance of personal and analytical reporting. Powerful stories, good graphics and photography, good data, a good collection of resources for community members.
Special SectionDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Fresno BeeStaffA Silent Disaster: Special Drought SectionReally nice graphical package illustrating the effects of the drought from the state level to the individual. A comprehensive look, community-oriented, with accessible and relevant reporting. Good clear layout.
Special SectionDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stAntelope Valley PressStaff100th AnniversaryAn impressive, comprehensive look at not only a newspaper, but also a city, a region, lifestyles, history and economy. An interesting read and a valuable community asset for years to come.
Special SectionDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe Desert SunStaffPumped Dry Special SectionWater is a critical issue for not only residents, but entire industries. The first installment of the series highlighted midwest farming issues, and presumably would have brought a larger world-view into play in later episodes. Good personalization of a scientific story.
Special SectionDivision D: 15,000 & under1stTimes-StandardStaffThe Flood of 1964: 50 years laterFunny writing about a disastrous flood in a drought, but it works ... you packaged a lot of memories into the section, which is what makes it work. I do not applaud the font choice for memory stories (hard to read), but I enjoyed the vignettes. Very thoughtful look back at important part of your history.
Special SectionDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndSanta Monica Daily PressStaffThe Water IssueVery informative section that would have been better with a more reader-friendly body font. I especially liked the variety of tips throughout the section. The how to with before and after photos worked well.
Special Sports SectionDivision A: 150,001 & over1stSan Jose Mercury NewsStaffNFL PreviewProvides readers with a comprehensive look at the upcoming season -- insightful articles, attractive layout and design, vibrant artwork, photos and illustrations. Stats, team and player profiles, history, predictions -- this preview covers the entire field.
Special Sports SectionDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndSan Francisco ChronicleStaffWarriors magazineColorful tribute captures the spirit and excitement of a memorable championship season. Well done.
Special Sports SectionDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stDaily News, Los AngelesStaff2015 College Football PreviewBeautifully put together. Strong layout, great pictures dynamic and insightful features, all rounded out with great team-by-team analysis.
Special Sports SectionDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Modesto BeeStaffHigh School Football previewGreat local content, dynamic layout, compelling features. A very well thought out and executed preview. Love the fold out.
Special Sports SectionDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stThe Desert SunSports StaffHumana Challenge special section
Special Sports SectionDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe RecordStaffProve it 8/25/15
Special Sports SectionDivision D: 15,000 & under1stThe SignalSignal Sports Staff2015 Football Preview
Special Sports SectionDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndThe Napa Valley RegisterMarty James, Andy Wilcox, Yousef BaigNapa Valley Register, Foorball Preview 2015
Sports Action PhotoDivision A: 150,001 & over1stThe Sacramento BeeJose Luis VillegasSafe at home
Sports Action PhotoDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndLos Angeles TimesRobert GauthierBreaking Up a Double Play
Sports Action PhotoDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stThe Fresno BeeCraig KohlrussClovis Rodeo: Rain muddies it a bit, but Sunday finals setGreat peak action, and tack sharp. It is nice to see all the mud and spit flying through the air. Great work! And I don't say that often.
Sports Action PhotoDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndVentura County StarJoseph A. GarciaBaseballI looked at this photo a couple of times. Great images make you come back to them and you find new things each time you look. Nice timing.
Sports Action PhotoDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stSanta Cruz SentinelDan Coyrobarehanded CatchFantastic shot captured at just the right moment. Love the dirt flying off the cleats.
Sports Action PhotoDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe TribuneJoe JohnstonSand BlastMaking a golf shot interesting is difficult but this photographer did a great job both visually and technically!
Sports Action PhotoDivision D: 15,000 & under1stThe Davis EnterpriseSue CockrellWe winNice expressions and simple background, a clean read.
Sports Action PhotoDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndThe Davis EnterpriseFred GladdisCurtis throwsPeak action on a play I haven't seen 100 times before. Technically solid, could crop sign at top more to reduce impact of numbers. Nice work!
Sports Feature PhotoDivision A: 150,001 & over1stThe Sacramento BeeRenee C. ByerMarathon man
Sports Feature PhotoDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndThe San Diego Union-TribuneJohn GastaldoOcean's Seven
Sports Feature PhotoDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stThe Fresno BeeSilvia FloresMom details daughter’s big changeHad to go underwater for this amazing shot. Haven't seen one like it!
Sports Feature PhotoDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndThe Bakersfield CalifornianFelix AdamoWater poloIncredible moment, the light on the water makes it so intense!
Sports Feature PhotoDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stSanta Cruz SentinelShmuel ThalerLittle League championship
Sports Feature PhotoDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe TribuneJoe JohnstonIncredible Win
Sports Feature PhotoDivision D: 15,000 & under1stRedlands Daily FactsMicah EscamillaLeaping cheerleadersA standout image in this category. Great light, angle and composition.
Sports Feature PhotoDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndMerced Sun-StarAndrew KuhnCougars beat BearsThe celebration from this event jumps off this image. Love the energy and the composition of this photo.
Sports Feature StoryDivision A: 150,001 & over1stLos Angeles TimesGary KleinRelive the famed 'Bush Push' game with the USC and Notre Dame players on the fieldFantastic online story. Using quotes to tell the story is a powerful alternative story form, and the videos interspersed throughout make reader feel like they are truly reliving the game. Great execution by LAT.
Sports Feature StoryDivision A: 150,001 & over2ndLos Angeles TimesGary KleinUSC's Adoree' Jackson never forgets the 618 area codeOutstanding level of detail, even down to the cola sold at the corner store in the hometown. Really brings subject to life. Superbly written -- reads quickly even though it is long story.
Sports Feature StoryDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0001stThe Bakersfield CalifornianZach EwingFootball Therapy
Sports Feature StoryDivision B: 35,001 - 150,0002ndVentura County StarRhiannon PotkeyBalancing act
Sports Feature StoryDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0001stThe Desert SunShad PowersThe Wheels Came Offdefinitely the best of the bunch. nimble writing, thoughtful descriptions and structure. a memorable and pleasurable read about a lesser known sport and one of its strange tales
Sports Feature StoryDivision C: 15,001 - 35,0002ndThe RecordKelly JonesLove of the GameCharming story well told, nice sense of pace and cadence. puts the man's career in perspective for even the most casual reader but doesn't talk to us either.
Sports Feature StoryDivision D: 15,000 & under1stTimes-Herald, VallejoThomas GaseThe Concussion FactorAn admirably comprehensive and ambitious exploration of a big topic. Full of strong reporting and clear writing.
Sports Feature StoryDivision D: 15,000 & under2ndThe Davis EnterpriseBruce GallaudetSenior cornerback Wright has seen the abyss and risen to the occasionThe athlete who has triumphed over adversity is a staple, but this story offers an especially compelling narrative.
Video JournalismDivisions A & B: 35,001 & over1stLos Angeles TimesBethany Mollenkof, Spencer BakalarUnsettled: The Exide Story
Video JournalismDivisions A & B: 35,001 & over2ndVentura County StarANTHONY PLASCENCIALa Conchita
Video JournalismDivisions C & D: 35,000 & under1stThe SignalAustin DaveEvery 15 Minutes
Video JournalismDivisions C & D: 35,000 & under2ndThe Union, Grass ValleyLaura MahaffyLowell Fire, Nevada County