2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Youth and Education ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: Fire's toll ripples into schools across Sonoma County
    Entry Credit: Press Democrat Staff
    Judge Comment: This is clearly the best, most comprehensive story I've read about the Northern California fires. The Press Democrat did an outstanding job of looking at the effects of the fire from a students/teachers perspective and how they are recovering. Even the interviews with the five teenagers showed journalism enterprise.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Marin Independent Journal
    Entry Title: Model Behavior
    Entry Credit: Keri Brenner
    Judge Comment: 3-D printer - This is an outstanding report about a 16-year-old high school sophomore whose developing skills on a 3-D printer enable him to make a prosthetic lower arm for a Romanian man. Keri Brenner, the writer, includes in her story a good profile of the student, his background and purpose, and the basic good that resulted from his patient, persistent computer work.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Modesto Bee
    Entry Title: Modesto City Schools tackles issue over refugee education
    Entry Credit: Ken Carlson
    Judge Comment: Modesto Bee - Ken Carlson's story about 2 Afghanistan high school immigrants is a well-researched, poignant account about the difficulties many have in transitioning to a new country, different culture and complex education system and regulations. These two sisters deserve better and Carlson's report may make that happen.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Antelope Valley Press
    Entry Title: Step 1: Students using code from scratch to future
    Entry Credit: Kelsey Kukaua
    Judge Comment: Valley Press - Good, comprehensive story about coding instructions for early elementary school students. But reporter's explanation is weak as to what coding really is.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Sun
    Entry Title: The Desert Sun: Private schools expel kids for parents' behavior
    Entry Credit: Joesph Hong
    Judge Comment: This is a well-written, well-researched article, but terrible one-sided. It reads as a hit piece against Palm Valley School's principal Susan Rice. I wish the write would have included some comments from parents who like the way Rice is running the school to give the story a degree of balance. Although well-done, the lack of balance makes this a mediocre story at best.