2016 Better Newspapers Contest Winners — Campus

The table below lists the first- and second-place campus winners in the 2016 CNPA Better Newspapers Contest. CNPA will announce the final placements at the BNC Luncheon during the 2017 Press Summit from May 18 to 20 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The BNC Luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20.

CategoryPlaceNewspaperName of EntryCreditJudge’s Comments
Best Writing1stArchbishop Riordan High School — The CrusaderEpiPen price pierces patients’ pocketsRoman Peregrino
Best Sports Game Story2ndArchbishop Riordan High School — The CrusaderCross Country sets pace for successful seasonHarrick Wu
Sports Action PhotoHonorable MentionArchbishop Riordan High School — The CrusaderFrosh Olympics results still under reviewStephen AguirreNice sharp, action photo from Ping Pong. You were able to clearly stop the action in what can be a very fast-moving sport. Nice color.
General ExcellenceHonorable MentionArchbishop Riordan High School — The CrusaderMarch and December 2016The Crusader Staff
Sports Action PhotoHonorable MentionBakersfield College — The Renegade RipHurdlerJoe Bergman
Feature PhotoHonorable MentionCal Poly-Pomona — The Poly PostGetting Ready for the Rose ParadeEviana VergaraThis is an unusual photo, portraying the people as very small even though they’re what draws your eye. The photo helps tell a story about the Rose Parade work itself—its size and intricacy are clearly communicated here—and shows the level of detail and focus required by the creative team behind it.
Best WritingHonorable MentionCastro Valley High School — The OlympianEmotional two-day event aims to prevent impaired driving tragediesMolly Koch
Profile Feature Story2ndCastro Valley High School — The OlympianHe walked 2,663 miles so his friend could walk at allAnastasia LeExcellent profile piece. It was tough to judge this as second place because it is well done. It is well written with good transitions and relevant quotes. Good job.
Best Sports Game StoryHonorable MentionCastro Valley High School — The OlympianBasketball team makes history in tremendous seasonDesiree Broome and Gavin Halloran
Best Columns1stCastro Valley High School — The OlympianUnderstanding eating disorders and body imaging/Clinton: “nasty,” smart woman deserved betterHalley Lin-JonesThis columnist exhibits honesty about her close encounter with anorexia and wisdom beyond her years in her cut-to-the-bone opinion that Hillary Clinton lost just because she was a woman. Her treatment of both topics come across as truthful and true to her.
Illustration1stCastro Valley High School — The OlympianMoana ReviewDa Di
News Photo1stCastro Valley High School — The OlympianEvery 15 MinutesHalley Lin-JonesWhile the “Every 15 Minutes” photos have become kind of clichéd, this one really captures the moment. Great composition and terrific work with the light. Great capture — raw, evocative and powerful. Hopefully will drum home the message of the campaign.
News PhotoHonorable MentionCastro Valley High School — The OlympianCVHS Election ProtestsHannah JohanssonSome photos work because of what they hint at but don’t tell. The fact that the photographer focused on the girl in the headscarf makes me want to know more about her and her connection to the protests. And the photo was shot at just the right moment.
Online General ExcellenceHonorable MentionCastro Valley High School — The Olympiancvhsolympian.comOlympian Staff
General ExcellenceHonorable MentionCastro Valley High School — The OlympianNov. 4 and Dec. 2, 2016Olympian Staff
Enterprise News Story or Series1stCity College of San Francisco — The GuardsmanCCSF Maintenence WoesMarco Siler-Gonzales, David Horowitz, Cassie OrdonioReporters did some digging into underlying causes, although I’d like to have heard from a climate expert from the area about the rust and how to ameliorate the weather’s effects.
Best Sports Game StoryHonorable MentionCity College of San Francisco — The GuardsmanCity’s worst loss of the yearShannon ColeLots of things to like about this story.
Online General ExcellenceHonorable MentionCity College of San Francisco — The Guardsmantheguardsman.comStaffFantastic, splashy artwork on featured story “The city VS. Trump” but the image and headline appear in four places atop the home page, which is overwhelming. Grid-style presentation of home page works with strong headlines and artwork — a deviation for standard design. Twitter feed down the side is a bit confusing because text is removed from context of Twitter/conversations. The quality of the writing and breadth of local coverage are excellent. Some of the story choices are refreshing and unique. However, the website layout could be improved by breaking things up by section, instead of having one massive list of latest stories from all sections. Also, there needs to be more art included. Most of the lead stories do not have art included with them, which leaves them less than eye-catching.
Best ColumnsHonorable MentionClaremont High School — The WolfpacketKickin’ With Kellan GrantKellan Grant
Best WritingHonorable MentionContra Costa College — The AdvocateCircumcision? Or mutilation?Benjamin Bassham
Best ColumnsHonorable MentionContra Costa College — The AdvocateSpreading knowledge is an art, not a job; Hold your nose and vote for freedomBenjamin Bassham
Photo Illustration1stContra Costa College — The AdvocateCrude oil pipeline fuels protestsMarci SuelaThe photo collage within a cutout was impressive enough, but when coupled with the map and the “pipeline” timeline this was definitely first-place work!
Photo IllustrationHonorable MentionContra Costa College — The AdvocateCreator aspires to perfect craftMarci SuelaVery creative way to feature several somewhat simple photos.
Illustration2ndContra Costa College — The AdvocateUndocumented students lack support, resourcesMarci SuelaHaunting illustration. Effective in its message showing confusion and lack of support.
News PhotoHonorable MentionContra Costa College — The AdvocateElection results spur outrageDenis PerezNice unexpected quiet reflection in a chaotic situation.
News PhotoHonorable MentionContra Costa College — The AdvocateYouth protest against TrumpDenis PerezGood choice of color, conscious decision to shoot low to high helped get it into the top 4.
Sports Action PhotoHonorable MentionContra Costa College — The AdvocateFather, Comet forward leads playoff dreamCody Casares
Online General Excellence2ndContra Costa College — The Advocatecccadvocate.comThe Advocate staffStrong flag with dominant art work on top is enticing. Five squares of feature stories with “pop-up” headlines bring variety to the page. Print edition window was nonfunctional during my viewing. Sports score ticker is another nice touch, but could me more visually engaging. The quality of the writing and breadth of the content is incredible. The layout of the homepage and individual section homes is excellent, very clean and readable with great use of art. Fair amount of multimedia available (likely most is on social media) is separate section, but not always within individual stories. Unsure what the difference is between Opinion and Forum.
General ExcellenceHonorable MentionContra Costa College — The AdvocateOct.19 and Nov. 2, 2016The Advocate staff
Best Writing2ndCSU Bakersfield — The RunnerThrough labor, dreams are rebornChris MateoIf Chris Mateo is willing to work on his imagery, style and organization, he will become a journalist with real impact. The potential for a very powerful story is there with, especially, the voices of workers in the field. However, the story needs a better narrative focus -- is it a story about you and your work in the fields or how your life compares to that of farm workers?
Best Sports Game Story2ndCSU Bakersfield — The RunnerLarios powered by guardian angelSyleena PerezGood use of quotes. The story gave me chicken skin.
Photo IllustrationHonorable MentionCSU Bakersfield — The RunnerBasketball PreviewAJ Alvarado
Feature PhotoHonorable MentionCSU Bakersfield — The RunnerNo shelter from the coldBen PattonThese photos help clearly tell the story, giving the reader/viewer eye contact with sources. The close-up portraits are a dignified way to present people who live on the street. The slightly wider shot of the cardboard box shelter helps put the portraits in context. There is a lot of emotion and storytelling contained in these photos.
Online General ExcellenceHonorable MentionCSU Chico — The Oriontheorion.comStaffThis is a clean, easy to read website. One of the few college paper websites to have a Twitter feed on the site. Would like to see a little more mixing it up in the page design.
Best WritingHonorable MentionCSU Fullerton — Daily TitanBody found in Newport ID’d as missing CSUF studentMicah Augimeri-Lee, Breanna VasquezWriter is to be commended for staying away from police jargon. The story has lots of detail, clearly laid out, but strive to order things a bit better. The reader appeal is undeniable as the death of a student would be widely shocking.
Profile Feature StoryHonorable MentionCSU Fullerton — Daily TitanStudent racer kicks his passion into high gearKaleb Stewart
Profile Feature StoryHonorable MentionCSU Fullerton — Daily TitanWhitmore embraces challenge, softballHayley M. Slye
Best Sports Game Story1stCSU Fullerton — Daily TitanTitan baseball slugs way to sweep over UC DavisHayley M. SlyeStrong, confident writing.
Photo IllustrationHonorable MentionCSU Fullerton — Daily TitanLocal spots help celebrate romantic holidayPatrick Do, Jillian Lees
News PhotoHonorable MentionCSU Fullerton — Daily TitanUnruly protests erupt at Trump rally in OCMicah Augimeri-LeeLove the use of the flair in this photo to accentuate the line of police standing against a group of protesters. The colors in this photo are vivid, and the photographer does an excellent job showing the energy of the scene.
Sports Action Photo1stCSU Fullerton — Daily TitanBaseball hits the road for BakersfieldPatrick Do
Best WritingHonorable MentionCSU Sacramento — The State HornetSac State students brush with volunteerism during Paint the TownBarbara HarveyStrong narrative lead vividly sets the scene. Was “female resident” the best word choice? This would have rung more genuinely with readers with more reaction from students and Sacramento residents who benefited from the work.
Best Sports Game StoryHonorable MentionCSU Sacramento — The State HornetNo. 14 Cal Poly runs over Hornet football team 59-47Angel GuerreroWell written but too long.
Sports Action PhotoHonorable MentionCSU Sacramento — The State HornetMen’s soccer vs UC DavisMatthew Dyer
Online General ExcellenceHonorable MentionCSU Sacramento — The State Hornetstatehornet.comStaffBold, in-your-face website. Catches viewer’s attention. The news ticker (top stories) could be more prominently displayed. I didn’t see it at first. Would also like to see more text on the page.
General ExcellenceHonorable MentionCSU Sacramento — The State HornetNov. 10 and 17, 2016StaffWell written, good use of quotes, clean layout, nice photography, especially some of the sports action photos.
Best Sports Game Story1stEl Camino College — The UnionEl Camino can’t overcome early turnovers in loss to Saddleback CollegeEric RamosGood, clean easy to read copy. Not a lot of numbers, but great story telling.
Best ColumnsHonorable MentionEl Camino College — The UnionCoachella and Killer’s sentencingPhil SidavongReal nice page setup, and easy to read.
IllustrationHonorable MentionEl Camino College — The UnionAcademics v athleticsEugene ChangWell done. Message is clever but clear. Nicely drawn.
Feature Photo1stEl Camino College — The UnionAnonymous smokerAlain MirandaPhoto is clear and provides a good depth of field. The composition of the student holding the cigarette makes it appear as though the cigarette is his eye. It was a smart composition choice by the photographer.
Feature PhotoHonorable MentionEl Camino College — The UnionEl Camino sophomore soccer playerElijah HicksColors are well-balanced, photo is clear. Framing of the photo gives a different look to present a feature story about a soccer player aside from the normal “soccer stance.” Photo matches story about player’s love of the game.
Sports Action Photo2ndEl Camino College — The UnionDiving into the end zoneJackie Romano
Best Writing1stFresno City College — RampageThe Revival of Ruby RedAshleigh PanooCompelling story. In the opening anecdote the reader is there with the subject huddled in a house in the midst of gunshots. The writer tells the story using multiple senses. And the author threads the story throughout with great quotes.
Profile Feature Story1stFresno City College — Rampage9/11 Responder Spreads Message of Love and HopeFrank LopezGood job of capturing the feelings and telling the story. The reporter offers a life trajectory and brings the 9/11 event to life in a vivid and intuitive way that made reading this story both real and inspiring.
Feature PhotoHonorable MentionFresno City College — RampageL.O.U.D.Ram ReyesIn photos the subject is one of the most important parts and Promise Nevarez is a good subject. Great capture of her face in this moment. The slight graininess of the photo works with the overall composition.
Sports Action Photo1stFresno City College — RampageBoxingLarry Valenzuela
General ExcellenceHonorable MentionFresno City College — RampageOct. 11 and 25, 2016Staff
Enterprise News Story or SeriesHonorable MentionGranite Bay High School — The GazetteIs the Trump Effect a reality?Hannah XuWell written. Reads more like a story found in a daily or weekly rather than a campus paper.
Best Writing2ndGranite Bay High School — The GazettePadgett resigns from GBHS over summerConnor Hinson
Profile Feature StoryHonorable MentionGranite Bay High School — The GazetteFaithful four-legged friend fetches attentionSydney ZabellA good story that should have been featured more prominently. This is an interesting topic and the story could have been featured with a larger photo. Writing is very good.
Best Sports Game Story1stGranite Bay High School — The GazetteDoes success cover controversy?Will Anderson
Best ColumnsHonorable MentionGranite Bay High School — The GazetteMultilingualism broadens minds AND You can’t force an empty pledgeCarissa Lewis
Best Columns2ndGranite Bay High School — The GazetteHell hath no fury like a smart kid scorned AND The death penalty should meet its endAnjali ShrivastavaAs with the first place winner in this category, this columnist uses his own truth to share about a personal challenge, and in doing so, he likely offers relief to others. That takes a certain kind of humility that we need more of in this world. His column on abolishing the death penalty uses logic and pathos effectively.
Photo IllustrationHonorable MentionGranite Bay High School — The GazetteLGBT history added to crowded K-12 curriculumCarissa LewisThe book’s pages pop with the message that everyone has his/her story and it’s truly a rainbow world! Loved it! This photo illustration’s worth a thousand words!
Illustration2ndGranite Bay High School — The GazetteReligious allusionsHannah Xu
News PhotoHonorable MentionGranite Bay High School — The GazetteEvery 15 Minutes (bottom center)Surina KhuranaHuman emotion is always compelling and this one is chock full of it. Great composition, too.
Feature Photo1stGranite Bay High School — The GazetteGBHS winter sports season beginsCarissa LewisGreat action shot mixed with fan energy. The photographer captured the moment.
Feature PhotoHonorable MentionGranite Bay High School — The GazetteSantasCarissa LewisA very nice angle that draws the viewer into the photo. Ties in well with the topic.
Online General ExcellenceHonorable MentionGranite Bay High School — The Gazettegranitebaytoday.orgStaff
General Excellence1stGranite Bay High School — The GazetteNovember and December 2016Staff
Profile Feature Story1stHarvard-Westlake School — The ChronicleSeeing Red; Faded Innocence; Seeking SafetyJesse Nadel and Jean Sanders, Danielle Spitz, Danielle KayeA fascinating series of stories about a wide array of current issues. “Faded Innocence” is the best in the group, and a unique way to do profiles. It also shows the reality that going to a highly regarded academic school does not make the issues any different. “Seeing Red” put an interesting perspective on national politics -- and California politics. “Seeking Safety” put a personal touch on an issue at the heart and soul of the political debate in America. All well done.
Photo IllustrationHonorable MentionHarvard-Westlake School — The ChronicleWhen Tourism Meets TerrorismEshanika Chaudhary
Photo Illustration1stHarvard-Westlake School — The ChronicleFaded InnocenceJosie Abugov and Alena Rubin
Photo Illustration2ndHarvard-Westlake School — The ChronicleStudents with Dual CitizenshipEshanika Chaudhary
IllustrationHonorable MentionHarvard-Westlake School — The ChronicleInjured Students, Third Party, Pokemon Go Kitty Luo and Alena Rubin, Kitty Luo, Alena Rubin and Nicole Kim
Sports Action Photo1stHarvard-Westlake School — The ChronicleSoccer, Wrestling, Swimming, Field HockeyElly Choi, Pavan Tauh, Juliana Berger, Aaron ParkThe photo from a field hockey match is a very solid action shot of competitors going after the ball — sharp, focused and very colorful. It’s also well played on the page, large and displaying that vibrant color.
Online General Excellence1stHarvard-Westlake School — The Chroniclehwchronicle.comBryant Wu, Cameron Stine
General Excellence2ndHarvard-Westlake School — The ChronicleOct. 4 and Nov. 21, 2016Staff
Best ColumnsHonorable MentionHumboldt State University — The LumberjackWitness at Standing RockPhillip SantosPowerful personal narrative about a timely and explosive issue. Could have used a trim on some of the smaller details as the middle started to drag. Could have provided more context, why the author was there, what it all means, etc.
Best Columns2ndLas Positas College — ExpressThat’s How I RollIan Jones
Photo IllustrationHonorable MentionLas Positas College — ExpressReality vs. Virtual RealityJennifer Snook and Jeremy JuianInteresting way to help readers experience the game.
General Excellence2ndLoyola Marymount University — Los Angeles LoyolanMarch 30 and April 6, 2016StaffGood, clean layout. Writing is strong, but could be stronger if quotes could be moved further up in the story. I recommend a good quote by the third paragraph to draw the reader quickly (after a strong lede) to keep them reading. Nice photography, but feature all photos with the size they deserve. Sports photography could use tighter cropping and enlarge them. If it’s a sports action photo, I recommend having the ball in the photo. Good balance of sports and living/arts coverage. Some very nice graphics work, but overall design spotty. A tendency toward opinion rather than news.
Enterprise News Story or Series1stMonta Vista High School — El EstoqueInside the ChatTrisha Kholiya, ZaZu Lippert, Priya ReddyWell done. I applaud the topic choice on this and being willing to delve into an important subject. Well written.
Enterprise News Story or Series2ndMonta Vista High School — El EstoqueImmune TogetherKaren Sanchez, Hannan Waliullah, Jessica XingVery well written, and a tough subject to tackle for a student paper. Nice job.
Enterprise News Story or SeriesHonorable MentionMonta Vista High School — El EstoqueTaking the High RoadIlena PengWell written.
Best WritingHonorable MentionMonta Vista High School — El EstoqueA Lost CityAvni Prasad
Profile Feature StoryHonorable MentionMonta Vista High School — El EstoqueOld but GoldAnjini Venugopal, Himani YalamaddiA well-written piece that gets to the heart of a relevant issue in today’s society. The writing reflects this category well.
Best Sports Game StoryHonorable MentionMonta Vista High School — El EstoqueBasketball: Teams face off against Cupertino HSKaren Ma, Aditya Pimplaskar
IllustrationHonorable MentionMonta Vista High School — El EstoqueTrees killed in Academic QuadElizabeth Han
News Photo2ndMonta Vista High School — El EstoqueTrump protestKaren SanchezAn interesting perspective from the march rather than “of” the march. I like the perspective created by the fuzzy foreground too.
Feature Photo2ndMonta Vista High School — El EstoqueDrama ProductionJustin KimVery interesting effect. The lack of contrast is incidental because the photographer grabs your attention without it.
Feature PhotoHonorable MentionMonta Vista High School — El EstoqueDance team homecomingIlena PengTells a lot about what’s going on. Good indoor shot.
Sports Action Photo2ndMonta Vista High School — El EstoqueBoy’s Basketball layupOm KhandekarExcellent color action shot taken from a distance that shows a lot of emotion and effort from throughout the gymnasium.
Sports Action PhotoHonorable MentionMonta Vista High School — El EstoqueBaseball MVHS over the shoulderPranav IyerNice clear picture of the baseball pitcher warming up with the catcher taken from behind the plate.
Online General Excellence2ndMonta Vista High School — El EstoqueBeyond the BallotStaff
News Photo2ndOrange Coast College — Coast ReportTrump RallyZach BoettoTheres a lot of visual variety going on here. It had potential to place higher but the digital noise limited it. The photograph easily conveys the situation despite difficult lighting.
General Excellence1stOrange Coast College — Coast ReportMay 4 and 11, 2016Coast Report StaffGood mix of news, features, sports. Excellent photo coverage & design on the Trump protest. Opinion page has good mix of lively topics.
Profile Feature StoryHonorable MentionSan Jose City College — The TimesSJCC alumna makes historyPatrick LoeraGood story with a lot of facts in well written story. Stayed on point.
Profile Feature Story2ndSan Jose City College — The TimesPresident of the Jaguars speaks outMelissa Maria MartinezNice tight story with good quotes. The reporter does a good job explaining the new president’s background, attitude, and influences, and handles the subject of women in leadership roles with confidence and grace.
Best Sports Game StoryHonorable MentionSan Jose City College — The TimesFootball team stumbles out of the gateIvan CruzGreat story. This writer has a lot of potential.
Photo Illustration2ndSan Jose City College — The TimesAdministrators mapPatrick Jenkins and Miguel NoronaImpressive use of photos and graphics to give a lot of information in a reader-friendly manner.
IllustrationHonorable MentionSan Jose City College — The TimesFisher mid schemePatrick JenkinsCreative. Concept is well executed.
Enterprise News Story or SeriesHonorable MentionSanta Ana College — El DonHomeless VeteransR. Nicanor SantanaSolid story. A solid interview and a nice recitation of facts relating to the vet’s issues.
Enterprise News Story or SeriesHonorable MentionSanta Ana College — El DonReligion Among MillennialsNoemi MosquedaNicely written.
Best Writing2ndSanta Ana College — El DonVaporwaveTimothy BravoYou can hear the music in the writer’s words and phrases. There was effective use of rhythm and four dimensionality. This story was told with an obvious passion for the subject matter in a way that engages the reader unfamiliar with the music genre.
Best WritingHonorable MentionSanta Ana College — El DonFreedom FighterLaura O. Garcia
Profile Feature StoryHonorable MentionSanta Ana College — El DonDesert BiologyJose ServinNice imagery, composition and photos.
Best Sports Game Story2ndSanta Ana College — El DonDons Shoot FalconsJorge CamposNice work! Well written.
Best Columns1stSanta Ana College — El DonUnder PressureMeghan KliewerBoth “Under Pressure” and “Girl Power” read well and look great. Great subject matter and layout and super use of the phone regarding its interaction to the story and content of what’s seen on the phone.
Illustration1stSanta Ana College — El DonSummer of HateNino TanabeNice. Great colors. Powerful message.
News Photo1stSanta Ana College — El DonCampus ArrestJorge CamposThere’s some technical problems with this image (blown out background), but the composition leads the eye to the suspect’s reaction. The photographer has done a good job of conveying action and emotion.
Feature Photo2ndSanta Ana College — El DonCosplay: Dragon AgeChristabelle BlakeBeautiful depth of field and focus on the subjects in the photo. Captures their characters as well as their personalities.
Online General ExcellenceHonorable MentionSanta Ana College — El Doneldonnews.orgStaffEasy-to-follow design from top to bottom. There’s a great deal of variety in story type and layout, but the business doesn’t overwhelm. The print edition cover looks very strong at top right of page. Only criticism is that it appears stories are living too long on the site (I see numerous posts from November). The writing quality is good, but it seems some sections get more coverage than others -- a few have two or fewer pieces of content from this year. The last video upload appears to have been in September. Story selection is good, but should cover a wider range of topics. The layout is great, very well organized.
Enterprise News Story or SeriesHonorable MentionSanta Clara University — The Santa ClaraStrictly Platonic: Finding Friends Online and Invisible InjurySummer Meza, Brendan WeberBoth stories were very interesting but I was captivated by the Summer Meza’s work on the intersection of loneliness and online interactions. This was an examination of a group that I have never seen before. It was extremely compelling and I found no fault with the narrative, compelling characters and a point that says more about society at-large than I think anyone might expect. Great job Summer.
Best Sports Game StoryHonorable MentionSanta Clara University — The Santa ClaraSanta Clara Stifles Stanford and Women’s Soccer Faces Reality CheckAndrew Slap
Best ColumnsHonorable MentionSanta Clara University — The Santa ClaraThe Big Short: The Most Important Film Of The Year and I Deserve to Be HereJohn Flynn, Perla Luna, Sophie MattsonThis well-written piece is part movie review, part commentary on social-economic issues. The review is a good device for explaining the current state of the economy, though the summary of the movie could have been condensed.
Online General Excellence1stSkyline College — The Skyline Viewtheskylineview.comStaffClean home page layout, with clever categories that engage reader: “Focal Point,” “Artistic License,” etc. Embedded Twitter and Flickr feed are a nice touch. The breadth of the coverage is astounding, with sections for just about everything, most of which are active (though Viewpoint and Satire seem like they haven’t been updated in a year or more). The writing is great across all sections. The homepage and section page layouts are fantastic, with plenty of art and good organization. Wide variety of multimedia available, not just videos, though not much in individual stories. Drop-down menus are great (just check spelling of Wrestling under Sports).
Enterprise News Story or Series2ndSouthwestern College — The SunRacism charges rise againBianca Quilantan
General Excellence2ndSouthwestern College — The SunNov. 29 and Dec. 14, 2016The Sun Staff
Enterprise News Story or Series2ndUC Berkeley — The Daily CalifornianUC Berkeley sexual misconduct cases and administrative responseStaffThis was far and away some of the best work I read in this category. The compelling narrative was reinforced with data culled from the 400 pages of university records. My one critique is that the lede on the Tyann Sorrell story was written very circuitously. When it comes to the lede, I would as an editor have opted for something more straightforward.
Profile Feature Story1stUC Berkeley — The Daily CalifornianThe Come Up: Ivan Rabb stays true to OaklandWinston ChoThis story has everything you want in a profile: a deep understanding of the individual, set securely in his time and place. This entry wins for the depth of its reporting and ambition, and the more sophisticated theme of Rabb’s ties to Oakland. Story would have benefitted from tighter writing and a tighter focus.
Illustration2ndUC Berkeley — The Daily CalifornianGene WilderWillow Yang
News PhotoHonorable MentionUC Berkeley — The Daily CalifornianThousands attend fiery anti-Donald Trump protest in OaklandMikael RaphaelYou can feel the oppression of the protesters in this photo as they are surrounded by a sea of cops in dark clothing. The protesters themselves huddle in a pool of color and light in the middle. The photographer had to be int he thick of this to get the action and desperation of the protesters. Good use of lighting and composition; there’s an artistic, Rembrandt quality.
Sports Action Photo2ndUC Berkeley — The Daily CalifornianTre WatsonIf More than 3 names type: Staff
Online General Excellence2ndUC Berkeley — The Daily Californiandailycal.orgStaffThis was a close runner up to first. Would like to see a bit more photo play than ad play. Otherwise, well done, visually appealing and informative.
General Excellence1stUC Berkeley — The Daily CalifornianNov. 9 and 10, 2016StaffOverall, well done. Good writing, good photography, clean, effective layout. Comprehensive, well written and photographed news coverage with attention to design. Good mix of news, sports and features. A concern that opinion was not clearly marked as such in some cases. But a welcome preference for news coverage over opinion.
IllustrationHonorable MentionUC Santa Barbara-The Daily NexusGetting Closer to God in I.V.Peyton Stotelmyre
Enterprise News Story or Series1stUCLA — Daily BruinCaring for the CaregiversShreya Aiyar, Miriam Bribiesca, Daniel AlcazarThe field in this form does not allow enough words to laud the work that these journalists have done in tackling an incredibly nuanced issue that has broad impacts on future patients and the lives of these physicians. I not only commend the intensive first-person journalism evident here, and the likely hundreds of hours it took to produce this, but the layout and presentation of the project. I hope to hire one of you someday.
Best Writing1stUCLA — Daily BruinStudent musician captures momentary emotions with R&B, verseShreya AiyarA vivid and intriguing narrative lead moves quickly to a nut graph. The striving to succeed comes through. A strong ending with a surprise or catchy summation would have helped. There are some really elegant turns of phrase in the story: “a tune would tangle itself around his thoughts” was particularly powerful. The key is to ensure that they don’t become too noticeable and overbearing, and I think the writer accomplishes that.
Profile Feature Story2ndUCLA — Daily BruinParalympian Blake Leeper forges path to Rio on Drake Stadium trackMatthew JoyeClear, clean writing with a subject that had more nuance and difficult material to deal with than some of the athlete profiles.
Best Columns1stUCLA — Daily BruinThe Dam TruthTuAnh DamGood use of the “open letter” device to get the point across. Personal and compelling, a well-written piece on a topical subject. TuAnh Dam’s columns stood out for their straightforward, compelling writing. In her Trump column, Dam takes a national news story and makes it personal — and relatable — for students on her campus. Both columns in this entry tackle sports-related issues with larger societal implications. Dam’s opinions are clear, and her arguments are compelling.
Best Columns2ndUCLA — Daily BruinDaily Bruin Opinion columnsDaily Bruin Opinion StaffA well-argued piece on a niche subject. Could have done better to explain how this issue impacts average students. This entry impressed with columns about local issues that affect UCLA students. Both Ghoogasian and Campbell tackled complicated topics, unraveling the complexities and explaining why students should care. Both columnists had a firm grasp of the details, and both made persuasive arguments for their points of view.
Photo Illustration2ndUCLA — Daily BruinTwo UCLA alumni headline as Kristoff in live production of ’Frozen’Jennifer Hu, Harish BalasubramaniLove the whimsy and spirit of this image. It works because it’s a feature profile and looks magazine-ready.
Photo Illustration1stUCLA — Daily BruinUnmasking mental health: Eren NgEfren PiñonAn effective approach to a difficult-to-illustrate subject.
Illustration1stUCLA — Daily BruinCaring for the caregiversDevin Le
IllustrationHonorable MentionUCLA — Daily BruinPolitical science professors weigh in on presidential electionJustin Ma
News Photo2ndUCLA — Daily BruinStudents protest Trump victory early Wednesday morningJintak HanThis is a dynamic photo that takes a protest shot to the next level. The composition and lighting pulls the eye directly to the man in front and the anger on his face. The lines in in the street also serve to draw the eyes along the photo. Many protest photos take on an almost generic look of a crowd and police. This one shows the emotion of one person, while also giving a good sense of crowd and place
News Photo1stUCLA — Daily BruinBruins United sails past Waves of Change in 2016 USAC electionAubrey YeoWhat a moment of pure joy captured here. The photographer did a strong job of showing the moment, the three main subjects in the foreground expressing victory among a sea of other students. The composition draws the viewer from the main subject to the two men interacting with him. This photo stood out because it captured a special moment and the interaction among the three subjects. They are laughing and the photo tells that story so well that the observer wants to join in the celebration.
Feature Photo2ndUCLA — Daily BruinDancing to healTehya FaulkIt’s hard to pull off a mirror photo effectively, but it makes sense here and it works well. He’s a dancer, so the setting in a studio with a wide mirror is relevant to the subject at hand, and the caption—and his intense expression—suggest he is introspective and self-reflective, teaching youth based on his own past experience, so it works on a metaphorical level too.
Feature Photo1stUCLA — Daily BruinCracking the Gender CodeMiriam Bribiesca, Austin YuThis photo helps communicate what the story is about in a more visually interesting way than a straight portrait. She’s actively working on her computer, but that’s a hard action shot; the reflection of computer code tells the viewer/reader right away what the story is about, and catches your eye. Good use of projecting codes on Apurva Panse’s face to visually tell the story.
Sports Action PhotoHonorable MentionUCLA — Daily BruinUCLA gymnastics triumphs over Utah with thrilling comeback routinesAngie Wang
Online General Excellence1stUCLA — Daily Bruindailybruin.comDaily Bruin StaffA great looking website. Clean, easy to read and visually appealing. A lot of information, but not crammed and ads are spread out well.
Enterprise News Story or SeriesHonorable MentionUniversity of La Verne — The Campus TimesFighting the Status QuoEmily LauThat was a really strong lede. Very nice. I also liked the subtlety with which you introduced the inherent sexism of the community. Cheers for subtle writing! This was a very interesting look at this issue. The one question I had was whether men and women game for the same reasons? My only other critique is that I would have liked an explanation about how you enterprised this story: you knew someone; you game; just an idle question you had; etc.
General ExcellenceHonorable MentionUniversity of La Verne — The Campus TimesApril 29 and May 6, 2016StaffOverall, good use of quotes and well placed in stories. Layout is fairly clean. Photos are sparse, but the ones used are handled well in the layout. Try some tighter cropping in your photography, especially with sports.