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JOE — California Journalism Awards Print Wildfire Feature Coverage Winners – Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 – 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 – 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & under

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Wildfire Feature Coverage Winners

Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 – 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 – 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & 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
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire Feature CoverageFirst PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseCalifornia Gets Devastating Welcome to Era of MegafiresEvocative writing with crackling verbs that transport readers to the wildfires. Focusing on a wildfire victim/resident sucks readers into the story, which also delivers vital facts from officials.Jennifer Wadsworth
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire Feature CoverageSecond PlaceThe Weekly CalistoganCalistogaGlass Fire claims Calistoga's Fairwinds Estate WineryTelling the story of the fires through one winery, this story shows the impact on owners, employees and firefighters. The writer skillfully deploys telling details, vivid scenes and unique quotes.Cynthia Sweeney
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire Feature CoverageThird PlaceThe AlmanacPalo AltoIt's eerie': Behind the lines of the CZU August Lightning firesCovering wildfires, access is key. Many residents rely on local papers to find out how their area is faring, and this story delivers, showing and telling readers what it's like behind the fire lines.Kate Bradshaw, Magali Gauthier
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire Feature CoverageFourth PlaceTracy PressTracyRancher scrambles to protect livestock, support fire crewsBy focusing on a rancher's effort to battle the fire, this story delivers a narrative that puts them on the ranch and in his shoes, while also reporting vital information from fire officials.Bob Brownne
Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & underWildfire Feature CoverageFifth PlaceGood TimesSanta CruzHeroes or Hindrance?This story did a masterful job of taking readers to their neighborhoods during the fire to show what neighbors were doing to fight back - and what fire officials thought of their efforts. It raised important questions and gave those with different perspectives equal space to weigh in.Jacob Pierce
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