2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Feature Story ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Chico Enterprise-Record
    Entry Title: I want my mom back
    Entry Credit: Bianca Quilantan
    Judge Comment: This piece grips you from the lede and wrenches your heart the whole way through. Bianca Quilantan uses exacting hard details, like that the sheriff's office logged Christina’s call at 1:26, and descriptive details, like that Victoria was the type of person who would draw smiley faces on the manager's rent envelope. The effect is to highlight Quilantan’s mastery of both reporting and writing, and leave the reader feeling invested in both the subjects and the broader subject matter. Christina and Victoria’s story is obviously amazing material. But a lesser writer could have blown it by relying too heavily on Christina’s words and narrative. The writing is clean and clear, and makes use of sparse but powerful quotes, allowing the writer to guide you through the story, with Christina stepping in just for the gut-punching lines. An incredible accomplishment and easy choice for first place.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Sun
    Entry Title: Doing drag changed how I see the LGBTQ Community
    Entry Credit: Robert Hopwood
    Judge Comment: A fun, insightful and expertly produced gonzo piece. In transforming into Sandi Ego, Robert Hopwood gives readers a peek behind the curtain into what it takes to make it in this demanding and often misunderstood art form.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Daily Pilot
    Entry Title: After 50 years, Newport couple’s love is frozen in time — and so is their wedding cake
    Entry Credit: Hillary Davis
    Judge Comment: A quick, fun feature about the legacy of a wedding cake. This is the kind of story many reporters turn up their noses at, but under Hillary Davis' sharp eye and steady hand, the simple story is elegantly done, neither overwritten nor underwritten. Like the cake, the story is a “quirky testament to love, strength and sentimentality.”
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Chico Enterprise-Record
    Entry Title: Couple recounts dispatch to Camp Fire
    Entry Credit: Risa Johnson
    Judge Comment: None
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Daily Pilot
    Entry Title: Once-spindly tree flourishes at gravesite under a widow's care
    Entry Credit: Hillary Davis
    Judge Comment: None