2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Feature Story ( Dailies: 50,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: Cult wine
    Entry Credit: Esther Mobley
    Judge Comment: A sweeping adventure story, told with love and fluency. Instead of the high seas or the battlefield, the setting is wine and its making, a bullseye of an undertaking for the community served by this newspaper and a tale as fresh as the next Beaujolais nouveau.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: Surviving the Camp Fire took bravery, stamina and luck
    Entry Credit: Ryan Sabalow, Ryan Lillis, Dale Kasler, Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks
    Judge Comment: A breathtaking account of evacuations during the deadly conflagration of the Camp Fire. Crackles with the currency of a timely, energetic takeout, with personal stories from some 20 people and just enough perspective on this region�s valiant but flawed plans to smooth escape from a big burn.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Mercury News/East Bay Times
    Entry Title: Van life: My 80-square-foot solution to the Bay Area's housing crisis
    Entry Credit: Tracey Kaplan
    Judge Comment: The thread of the author's first-person account makes this definitive story on moving into a van irresistible. An engaging read, broadly reported and written with authority.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: Dark Days
    Entry Credit: Kevin Fagan
    Judge Comment: A raw and creative retrospective on a remarkable period in a community's life, revealing and insightful these many years later. As "the Kennedy assassination and 911 rolled together" for the people of San Francisco, it warrants this most thorough treatment.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: 'This Is How I Die'
    Entry Credit: Corina Knoll
    Judge Comment: Clear, simple, dramatic story arc. A woman facing death in real time, her life flashing proverbially before her eyes.