2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Editorial Comment ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Chico Enterprise-Record
    Entry Title: This is the fire we were all warned about
    Entry Credit: David Little, Steve Schoonover, Laura Urseny
    Judge Comment: -- A detailed explanation why the Paradise fire shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Refutation of President Trump’s comment that nobody would have ever thought this could happen.” The editorial brims with local knowledge that lends authority to the conclusion that “Paradise will come back, but it can’t be what it once was. It shouldn’t be.”
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Modesto Bee
    Entry Title: Modesto has a chronic sickness; can we find a cure?
    Entry Credit: Mike Dunbar
    Judge Comment: A devastatingly detailed diagnosis of the ills of Modesto city that nonetheless ends on a hopeful note. The metaphor of municipal illness is effective but not overused.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Sun
    Entry Title: Police, don't black out the media
    Entry Credit: Al Franco
    Judge Comment: An effective argument for why the public befits from media access to police radio communications. This piece also floats the idea of a compromise that would address law enforcement concerns without excluding the media. This could have been just a rant, but the author decides to engage with the other side of the argument and the result is a better editorial.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Marin Independent Journal
    Entry Title: A sad county response to public records
    Entry Credit: Brad Breithaupt
    Judge Comment: Editorials criticizing public agencies for a lack of transparency are most effective when they explain why it’s important for the information in question to be available. This piece effectively explains the importance of the information at issue to local residents, which makes it more than just a criticism of the county for embarking on a risky lawsuit
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Chico Enterprise-Record
    Entry Title: So ... what is Paradise like? Good question
    Entry Credit: David Little, Steve Schoonover, Laura Urseny
    Judge Comment: This editorial that places the Paradise fire in historical and social context but also comments on the irony that before the disaster residents extended a sales tax to shore up the police and fire departments. The description of Paradise is affectionate and at times lyrical, making the reader feel as if he or she lives in the community.