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JOE — California Journalism Awards Print Sports Feature Story Winners – Dailies: 50,001 & over

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Sports Feature Story Winners

Dailies: 50,001 & over


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: 50,001 & overSports Feature StoryFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoUCLA football remains success-starved, but no program is eating richerTop-notch reporting and research revealed numbers that left my jaw dropping after every paragraph. Checks off all the boxes in what makes for a great sports feature.Nathan Fenno, David Wharton
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Feature StorySecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoVolleyball star Hayley Hodson had it all, until blows to her head changed everythingJournalism at its finest. Poignant and engaging to the point where you feel the subject's pain. Well organized, relevant, effective use of language. Not much - if any - separated the 1st and 2nd place stories.Patrick Hruby
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Feature StoryThird PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSan Francisco Chronicle: Kaepernick and CastlemontOut of all the stories that have been written on Colin Kaepernick, this one is arguably the best. Fine job of reporting and finding an angle no one has written on.Scott Ostler
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Feature StoryFourth PlaceThe Orange County RegisterAnaheimFor Lakers support staff, the bubble has been a frantic, collaborative effortThe authors deserve plaudits for coming up with such a unique story angle and the fine level of detail and reporting. Excellent piece of work.Kyle Goon
Dailies: 50,001 & overSports Feature StoryFifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoAs big leagues play amid a pandemic, memories of when barrio baseball ruled East L.A.Stellar job of writing and reporting. I felt like I was transported back to the 1940s and '50s and could picture what barrio baseball was all about.Kevin Baxter