2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Editorial Comment ( Dailies: 15,000 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: Sheriff Parkinson, it's time to answer for Andrew Holland's torture
    Entry Credit: Stephanie Finucane
    Judge Comment: Powerful persuasive writing, buoyed by the paper's own reporting, and bolstered by multimedia elements. Clearly the strongest editorial in this category. Bravo.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Times-Standard
    Entry Title: Shooting blanks: A timeless story
    Entry Credit: Marc Valles
    Judge Comment: An original approach to an age-old issue, not an easy thing to do. The best editorials make a strong point about an emotional issue and are sure to get people talking. This one succeeds there.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: Are Cal Poly's fraternities worth saving?
    Entry Credit: Stephanie Finucane
    Judge Comment: Incisive writing, insightful arguments. A surefire conversation starter. This editorial was excellent.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Union
    Entry Title: Failure to communicate
    Entry Credit: Alan Riquelmy, Editorial Board
    Judge Comment: A thoughtful nuanced take by an editorial board that isn't afraid to acknowledge it didn't have all the answers but that advocated powerfully nonetheless for transparency.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Merced Sun-Star
    Entry Title: Time to make our stand, fight for our rivers
    Entry Credit: Mike Dunbar
    Judge Comment: Talking truth to power isn't necessarily easy, but it's crucial. Here it's done crisply, concisely, persuasively, with context and just the right amount of skepticism.