2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Columns ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Chico News & Review
    Entry Title: "Spot-on, Mr. Mayor" and "Heartbreak Ridge"
    Entry Credit: Melissa Daugherty
    Judge Comment: These columns demonstrate that the writer can be both indignant and reflective. Impassioned and elegantly written.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Thousand Oaks Acorn
    Entry Title: "Love wins the day" and "Bad moon rising"
    Entry Credit: Eliav Appelbaum
    Judge Comment: The first of these columns is a sustained criticism of a lack of sportsmanship in school sports, the second a tribute to athletes who responded to a tragedy. Both are eloquent and accessible.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Monterey County Weekly
    Entry Title: "A warrant gone wrong leaves an innocent man jailed for eight days" and "Greenfield sues the Weekly for doing journalism, and the Weekly fights back"
    Entry Credit: Mary Duan
    Judge Comment: In both of these pieces the writer deftly combines opinion and factual exposition. I was especially impressed by the lucid discussion of the legal issues involved in the attempt to keep the newspaper from publishing documents that would shed light on local government.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Grunion Gazette
    Entry Title: "Mascot Mayhem Must Stop" and "Old Irish Game Has New Fan"
    Entry Credit: JJ Fiddler
    Judge Comment: One of these columns contains strong opinion, the other is a charming travelogue about an athletic event in another country. Both are written in an in an accessible style.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Grunion Gazette
    Entry Title: "Try Positive Approach To Lent" and "Reality More Than A Tweet"
    Entry Credit: Harry Saltzgaver
    Judge Comment: The reader adopts a charmingly conversational tone in addressing both an everyday dilemma -- how to observe Lent -- and a mass shooting at a community newspaper.