2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

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  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Gunfire and Flames in California
    Entry Credit: Los Angeles Times Staff
    Judge Comment: Powerful, engaging, action-packed narrative writing that placed readers at the Borderline Bar and on the ground at the Northern and Southern California fires; excellent examples of authoritative writing after deep reporting replete with detail and precision; finally, the entry included timely investigative reporting that held Paradise, California officials to account for lack of preparation for a massive fire they knew since 2005 would come one day.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: Camp Fire
    Entry Credit: Kurtis Alexander, Lizzie Johnson, Gwendolyn Wu, Erin Allday
    Judge Comment: Comprehensive coverage from the ground on the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: Stephon Clark police shooting
    Entry Credit: Staff
    Judge Comment: Compelling journalism using full digital reporting range to tell likely the most important story in Sacramento in 2018. Effective use of video and audio to engage readers. Smart decision to publish all 52 Sacramento police video files on this case.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Mudslides Devastate Montecito
    Entry Credit: Los Angeles Times Staff
    Judge Comment: Comprehensive and authoritative reporting on the mudslides and their regional effects.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: East Area Rapist suspect
    Entry Credit: Sam Stanton, Ryan Lillis, Darrell Smith, Benjy Egel
    Judge Comment: Informative reporting that explained the significance of the arrest of the East Bay rapist and how authorities used digital and genealogy tools to crack this case.