2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Columns ( Dailies: 15,000 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Napa Valley Register
    Entry Title: Surrendering to Motherhood
    Entry Credit: Jennifer Huffman
    Judge Comment: In these two columns, writer Jennifer Huffman takes her readers through primal experiences, the growth of a daughter and the death of a father. She does so with poignancy, humanity and where appropriate, humor. She clearly refects the human condition.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Times-Standard
    Entry Title: “What do these kids think they know, anyway?” and “Northern California state of mind”
    Entry Credit: Marc Valles
    Judge Comment: Managing editor Mark Valles invites readers in with his personal connection to two diverse issues – gun control and geographic identity. Once he has the readers, he challenges them. When the issue is serious, as it was when a city council was considering a gun control measure, his tone is level. When considering the topic of who gets to claim the label of being a Northern Californian, he pokes fun at himself to make a point about inclusion. He provides sharp writing in both instances.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Union
    Entry Title: "Asked and answered, indeed" and "Paradise by the laptop light"
    Entry Credit: Brian Hamilton
    Judge Comment: Briain Hamilton writes with a clear voice when examines President Trump’s decision not to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin. He shows humanity when he relates his empty nest experience with his wife. These entries show strong range.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Daily Press
    Entry Title: "The park Virginia built" and "Preserving Virginia Dunbar’s legacy"
    Entry Credit: Matthew Cabe
    Judge Comment: Matthew Cabe shows strong reporting and solid community connections in these columns about how a city’s finances impacted a park named after a young woman who had died. He stayed with the story as it came to a poignant conclusion.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Record
    Entry Title: "A picture of professionalism" and "30 years? Some memories never fade"
    Entry Credit: Donald Blount
    Judge Comment: Editor Donald Blount did the reporting to recognize a photographer’s service contribution to the community in one of these columns, giving his readers an inside connection to those who bring them the news. The writing captures the humanity of the moment without being overly sentimental. His column on the 30th anniversary of a tragic school shooting put some of today’s headines in context. [Note to Organizer: This entry is found in two different submissions. See also the second submission by Blount on the 30th anniversary of a school shooting.]