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2017 California Journalism Awards — Campus winners

2017 California Journalism Awards winners — Campus

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

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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.

CategoryPlaceNewspaperName of EntryCreditJudge's Comments
Columns1stCastro Valley High School-The OlympianWomen’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.
Columns2ndCastro Valley High School-The OlympianWhy 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.
ColumnsFinalistGranite Bay High School-The GazetteHappiness 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.
ColumnsFinalistGranite Bay High School-The GazetteSeniors: You could be cured from your misery AND My life as a ChristianWill AndersonGood satire -- appropriate for audience. Good adherence to style rules.
Columns1stSanta Rosa Junior College-The Oak LeafOak Leaf column writer 1Michael Barnes
Columns2ndEl Camino College-The UnionThe journey to finding my voiceOshari Arnett
ColumnsFinalistGlendale College-El VaqueroCatalina Juarez, Opinion WritingCatalina Juarez
ColumnsFinalistSanta Rosa Junior College-The Oak LeafOak Leaf column writer Rachel EdelsteinRachel Edelstein
Columns1stSonoma State University-Sonoma State StarColumns 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.
Columns2ndCalifornia Polytechnic State University-Mustang DaPomp, circumstance, rinse and repeat, Milo Yiannopolos and the horrible, no good, terrible, very bad day,Neil SandhuClever topics. Solid research. Clear voice. Well written.
ColumnsFinalistThe Claremont Colleges - The Student LifeFree 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.
ColumnsFinalistSanta Clara University-The Santa ClaraJay Fuch's ColumnJay FuchsWriter makes some interesting points, in a provocative voice.
Enterprise News Story or Series1stUC Berkeley-The Daily CalifornianYoung America’s Foundation: Who is funding UC Berkeley’s Ben Shapiro event?Ashley Wong
Enterprise News Story or Series2ndLoyola Marymount University-Los Angeles LoyolanCity of DeporteesAntonio De Loera-Brust and Los Angeles Loyolan staff
Enterprise News Story or SeriesFinalistUCLA-Daily BruinCannabis KingdomEvolet Chiu, Jintak Han, Iris Lee
Enterprise News Story or SeriesFinalistUC Berkeley-The Daily CalifornianSexual Misconduct throughout the UC SystemThe Daily Californian staff
Enterprise News Story or Series1stHarvard-Westlake School-The ChronicleElephant in the RoomJosie Abugov Noa Schwartz
Enterprise News Story or Series2ndArchbishop Riordan High School-The CrusaderHidden figure under gym floor revealed during refurbishingJulian Castillo
Enterprise News Story or SeriesFinalistCastro Valley High School-The OlympianUnsafe amounts of lead in water found in CVUSD fountainsMia Babasyan, Wailea Siler
Enterprise News Story or SeriesFinalistGranite Bay High School-The GazetteYour next soulmate ... could be someone's cell mateKatie Cologna
Enterprise News Story or Series1stSanta Rosa Junior College-The Oak LeafThe 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.
Enterprise News Story or Series2ndSan Jose City College-The TimesDelay 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.
Enterprise News Story or SeriesFinalistContra Costa College-The AdvocateBreath 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.
Enterprise News Story or SeriesFinalistSanta Ana College-el DonPopulation 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.
Feature Photo1stCuesta College-The CuestonianSameer 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.
Feature Photo2ndContra Costa College-The Advocate08_BestFeaturePhoto_2Denis PerezTakes me into a moment of celebration. Great composition and blurring of background people. Good exposure, lighting, color. Nice work.
Feature PhotoFinalistSanta Rosa Junior College-The Oak LeafFeature 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.
Feature PhotoFinalistLos Angeles City College-Los Angeles CollegianIndigenous Peoples Day Gets Stamp of ApprovalAnde RichardsGood color, composition and facial expression. Detail draws me into his work for that moment.
Feature Photo1stGranite Bay High School-The GazetteFall leaf (cover photo)Logan EmbreeGreat use of soft focus, tells the story instantly. Instant cover material.
Feature Photo2ndGranite Bay High School-The GazetteChristmas 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.
Feature PhotoFinalistCastro Valley High School-The OlympianDECA delivers annual talent showRachel SteinVisually interesting, love the movement captured. Black and white was a good choice.
Feature PhotoFinalistCastro Valley High School-The OlympianSweet Senior win HomecomingWailea SilerGreat framing in this photo, and great capture of the audience's faces.
Feature Photo1stUC Berkeley-The Daily CalifornianAftermath 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.
Feature Photo2ndUCLA-Daily BruinOut 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.
Feature PhotoFinalistCSU Northridge-The SundialJourney 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.
Feature PhotoFinalistCalifornia Polytechnic State University-Mustang DaJake 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 ...
General Excellence1stHarvard-Westlake School-The ChronicleThe 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.
General Excellence2ndGranite Bay High School-The GazetteThe Gazette staffIt's a pleasure to read a paper that covers so much of the campus community, plus national issues.
General ExcellenceFinalistClaremont High School-The WolfpacketThe Wolfpacket staffGreat mix of stories. Clever writing. And exciting design. Packed with information that gives a real sense of the high school and community.
General ExcellenceFinalistArchbishop Riordan High School-The CrusaderThe 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.
General Excellence1stSanta Ana College-el DonLaura Garcia and Aurielle Weiss
General Excellence2ndSouthwestern College-The SunThe Sun staff
General ExcellenceFinalistContra Costa College-The AdvocateThe Advocate staff
General ExcellenceFinalistLos Angeles City College-Los Angeles CollegianLos Angeles Collegian staff
General Excellence1stSonoma State University-Sonoma State StarShannnon 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.
General Excellence2ndUCLA-Daily BruinDaily 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.
General ExcellenceFinalistCSU Sacramento-The State HornetThe 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.
General ExcellenceFinalistCSU Chico-The OrionCarly 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?
Illustration1stClaremont High School-The WolfpacketSenior 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.
Illustration2ndHarvard-Westlake School-The ChronicleCall for a ban on indifferenceAnna GongA great graphic for the piece.
IllustrationFinalistGranite Bay High School-The GazetteEmpty Nest (dominant)Sidney Zabell
IllustrationFinalistClaremont High School-The WolfpacketCHS Students Should Take First Semester Finals Before Winter BreakAndrea Calderon
Illustration1stSanta Ana College-el DonRefugees WelcomeChristabelle BlakeA powerful drawing. Excellent composition and shading.
Illustration2ndContra Costa College-The Advocate11_BestIllustration_2Marci SuelaA fantastic representation of the concept, and almost photo-perfect capture of Daniel Kaluuya.
IllustrationFinalistCity College of San Francisco-The GuardsmanMuslim BanQuip JohnsonIllustration encapsulates the issue at hand very well.
IllustrationFinalistContra Costa College-The Advocate11_BestIllustration_1Marci SuelaGreat use of color. Eye-catching characters and objects.
Illustration1stUCLA-Daily BruinSexual violence survivors share stories, promote discussion through #MeTooHarishwer BalasubramaniGreat use of color. Pops. Can see this in a mainstream paper.
Illustration2ndUC Berkeley-The Daily CalifornianBlack girl magicNishali NaikBeautiful use of color.
IllustrationFinalistCSU Fullerton-Daily TitanHomeless are stereotypedHannah MillerGreat use of color and one of the strongest submissions in terms of connecting to article/op-ed.
IllustrationFinalistUCLA-Daily BruinFilm alumna works magic from behind the cameraJuliette Le SaintBeautiful use of color.
News Photo1stContra Costa College-The Advocate07_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.
News Photo2ndSanta Rosa Junior College-The Oak LeafFire 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.
News PhotoFinalistContra Costa College-The Advocate07_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.
News PhotoFinalistSouthwestern College-The SunPerchance 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.
News Photo1stGranite Bay High School-The GazetteFlags 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.
News Photo2ndGranite Bay High School-The GazetteProtest 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.
News PhotoFinalistGranite Bay High School-The GazetteDancers 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.

News PhotoFinalistGranite Bay High School-The GazetteBoy 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.
News Photo1stCSU Sacramento-The State HornetDACA protestJoseph Daniels
News Photo2ndCSU Long Beach-Daily 49erMoving to divestCarlos Blancas
News PhotoFinalistCSU Fullerton-Daily TitanRiot Police and People Gather Outside Milo Yiannopoulos Event at CSUFFernando Salazar
News PhotoFinalistUCLA-Daily BruinThe Watermark evictionsAubrey Yeo
Online General Excellence1stHarvard-Westlake School-The ChronicleHarvard-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.
Online General Excellence2ndCastro Valley High School-The OlympianThe 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.
Online General ExcellenceFinalistBear River High School-The CurrentThe 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.
Online General Excellence1stSkyline College-The Skyline ViewThe 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.
Online General Excellence2ndSouthwestern College-The SunThe 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!
Online General ExcellenceFinalistEl Camino College-The UnionThe 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
Online General ExcellenceFinalistSanta Ana College-el Doneldonnews.orgel Don staffA lot of good visuals, but it's hard for the eye to find a "landing point"
Online General Excellence1stUCLA-Daily BruinDaily Bruin staff
Online General Excellence2ndCSU Bakersfield-The RunnerThe Runner staff
Online General ExcellenceFinalistUC Berkeley-The Daily CalifornianThe Daily Californian staff
Online General ExcellenceFinalistCSU Chico-The Oriontheorion.comCarly Plemons, Elizabeth Castillo
Photo Illustration1stHarvard-Westlake School-The ChronicleGoing out with a Bang: Does “Assassin” Trivialize Gun Violence?Nicole KimA creative and excellent use of image manipulation software.
Photo Illustration2ndGranite Bay High School-The GazetteHidden RealitiesKatie Cologna, Savina Mahavni, Brayden JohnkPhotography and text overlays make for an excellent companion to the writing.
Photo IllustrationFinalistGranite Bay High School-The GazetteTo Pledge or Not to PledgeKatie Cologna, Sabina MahavniClean composition; good use of image manipulation software.
Photo IllustrationFinalistHarvard-Westlake School-The ChronicleA Whole New WorldNicole Kim Kristin KuwadaWhile thoughtful, this photograph would have been more notable if it was more directly tied to the story.
Photo Illustration1stSan Jose City College-The TimesTrumpBenjamin 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.
Photo Illustration2ndFresno City College-RampageStranger 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.
Photo IllustrationFinalistCuesta College-The CuestonianMake 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.
Photo IllustrationFinalistSan Jose City College-The TimesClassroom 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.
Photo Illustration1stUCLA-Daily BruinWar 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!
Photo Illustration2ndCSU Fullerton-Daily TitanCSUF 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.
Photo IllustrationFinalistCSU Bakersfield-The RunnerMarathon 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.
Photo IllustrationFinalistUCLA-Daily BruinFreshman 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.
Profile Story1stArchbishop Riordan High School-The CrusaderSpartan 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.
Profile Story2ndGranite Bay High School-The GazetteBlack 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.
Profile StoryFinalistGranite Bay High School-The GazetteThe 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.
Profile StoryFinalistGranite Bay High School-The GazetteFacing 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.
Profile Story1stCSU Sacramento-The State HornetMeet 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.
Profile Story2ndUCLA-Daily BruinFree & FightingMackenzie PosseeNice use of quotes...a result of good questions, no doubt. Great link between past student and current one. Love the staccato sentences!
Profile StoryFinalistUC Berkeley-The Daily CalifornianGentrification in South BerkeleyMalini RaimayerNice use of quotes! Imagery is present from beginning to end. Wonderful link between the past, present, and future.
Profile StoryFinalistUCLA-Daily BruinLGBTQ 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.
Profile Story1stSouthwestern College-The SunThe boy wonderKaty Stegall
Profile Story2ndSanta Rosa Junior College-The Oak LeafOak Leaf profile story 2Michael Barnes
Profile StoryFinalistSanta Rosa Junior College-The Oak LeafOak Leaf Profile story 1Julia Modell
Profile StoryFinalistCity College of San Francisco-The GuardsmanWhy the Rams always have Aus-some puntersPatrick Cochran
Sports Action Photo1stSan Diego State University-The Daily AztecRashaad Penny hurdles Boise defendersKelly Smiley
Sports Action Photo2ndUCLA-Daily BruinUCLA shuts out Oregon in second half, races away with 31-14 winKeila Mayberry
Sports Action PhotoFinalistCSU Bakersfield-The RunnerMatt Smith goes up for a contested layupAJ Alvarado
Sports Action PhotoFinalistCSU Fullerton-Daily TitanTitan basketball player targets the basketKatie Albertson
Sports Action Photo1stGranite Bay High School-The GazetteBaseball pitcherLogan EmbreePerfect capture of this pitch, shows good action and movement. Visually interesting.
Sports Action Photo2ndGranite Bay High School-The GazetteOff 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.
Sports Action PhotoFinalistCastro Valley High School-The OlympianTerhell 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.
Sports Action PhotoFinalistCastro Valley High School-The OlympianTrojans build NCS winning streakWailea SilerGood action and movement. Slightly blurry, and the colors could be brighter. Good overall capture.
Sports Action Photo1stSan Jose City College-The TimesSan Jose City College against visiting Monterey Peninsula CollegeBenjamin CastroExcellent catch! Photographer was definitely at the right place at the right time.
Sports Action Photo2ndSouthwestern College-The SunClearing every hurdleVictoria SanchezGood solid composition.
Sports Action PhotoFinalistSanta Ana College-el DonDons SoccerJessmarie FloresNice cropping, nice composition.
Sports Action PhotoFinalistLos Angeles City College-Los Angeles CollegianSparks Soar on Road to WNBA Championship FinalsCliff Cheng
Sports Game Story1stGranite Bay High School-The GazetteFootball 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.
Sports Game Story2ndHarvard-Westlake School-The ChronicleBoys’ 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.
Sports Game StoryFinalistGranite Bay High School-The GazetteVarsity 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.
Sports Game StoryFinalistGranite Bay High School-The GazetteGBHS 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.
Sports Game Story1stUCLA-Daily BruinUCLA men’s basketball season comes to bittersweet endMatt Cummings
Sports Game Story2ndSan Diego State University-The Daily AztecSDSU topples No. 19 Stanford, 20-17Abraham Jewitt
Sports Game StoryFinalistCSU Fullerton-Daily TitanCSUF Men's Soccer Dominates Sac State in 3-1 home winYaresly Sanchez-Aguilera
Sports Game StoryFinalistCSU Fullerton-Daily TitanCSUF Women's Soccer Fails in Big West TournamentHarrison Faigen
Sports Game Story1stSanta Ana College-el DonCraft Leads DonsLaura Garcia
Sports Game Story2ndCity College of San Francisco-The GuardsmanRams on fire after 59-7 blowout of Diablo ValleyPatrick Cochran
Sports Game StoryFinalistEl Camino College-The UnionWomen's volleyball team wins rivalry game against Long BeachDmitri Hansen
Sports Game StoryFinalistEl Camino College-The UnionEl Camino women’s tennis team finds bright spots in loss to Irvine Valley CollegeDon Perez
Writing1stSanta Rosa Junior College-The Oak LeafOak 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.
Writing2ndSouthwestern College-The SunDuty, 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.
WritingFinalistFresno City College-RampageArechigaAshleigh 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.
WritingFinalistCity College of San Francisco-The GuardsmanWalking 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.

Writing1stUCLA-Daily BruinWar StoriesWilliam Thorne
Writing2ndCSU Fullerton-Daily TitanThe friendship that’s fueled Cal State Fullerton baseballHarrison Faigen
WritingFinalistSan Jose State University-Spartan DailySJSU athletes gamble brains for on-field gloryTrevin Smith
WritingFinalistUCLA-Daily BruinCasting the MoldChristi Carras
Writing1stCastro Valley High School-The Olympian“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.
Writing2ndGranite Bay High School-The GazetteHidden RealitiesSabina MahavniCreative story structure, intriguing introduction. Thorough coverage, many viewpoints quoted.
WritingFinalistArchbishop Riordan High School-The CrusaderSpartan 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.
WritingFinalistGranite Bay High School-The GazetteLow income kids look like youSteph KangCreative and effective use of language. Repeat of theme conveys strong message.