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California Journalism Awards Print Feature Story Winners – Dailies: 15,001 – 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & under

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Feature Story Winners

Dailies: 15,001 – 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & under

 

First-place and second-place plaques will be shipped directly to the winning publications in the coming weeks.

Personalized certificates will also be mailed to winners in each category.

A complete list of all California Journalism Award winners will be provided on May 18th.

 

Circ Group(s)Category NameAwardOrganizationCityEntry TitleCommentsCredits
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underFeature StoryFirst PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Siblings reunite after 74 yearsIn a category of many strong entries, this story had me captivated from the very first sentence. You occasionally see stories about family members reconnecting after a long time, but this was told in a masterful way that really showed the humanity of these two siblings. And there is the coronavirus twist thrown in -- perhaps there is a follow up for when they can actually meet again in person? Job well done.
Maria Sestito
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underFeature StorySecond PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelDeadly fire in Sleepy Hollow raises cell coverage concernsThe author did a wonderful job showcasing a broader problem -- how poor cellphone connection impacts a community's fire response -- through the lens of one tragic incident. The reporter clearly lays out the problem and the proposed solutions. This is the type of work that can really make a difference in readers' lives, potentially a lifesaving difference.Matthew Pera
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underFeature StoryThird PlaceDaily PilotFountain ValleyGoat herd helps clear up a hillside headache at OC fairgrounds amphitheaterThis was such a fun read about a very unusual situation. I especially enjoyed the little turns of phrases the writer used, like "stubborn surfaces" and "presenting a predicament." The photos helped this entry stand out. Nicely done.
Sara Cardine
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underFeature StoryFourth PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Mining the riverThis is a good example of a reporter taking a complex problem and presenting it in an understandable way. Strong, clear writing.
Mark Olalde
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underFeature StoryFifth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaWhile sheltering in place, a Napa family builds Matterhorn-inspired roller coasterOf all the stories detailing the unique ways that people passed the time during the pandemic, this is surely one of the most memorable. A great story about a very cool project, and I especially loved that the accompanying photos and video give an inside look at the roller coaster.Jennifer Huffman
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