2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Feature Story ( Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: La Jolla Light
    Entry Title: On a mission: Rediscovering the original El Camino Real through La Jolla
    Entry Credit: Corey Levitan
    Judge Comment: The author's wit and candor won me over in this tale of an attempted adventure. I also enjoyed the "twist" about the main character, and thought he played it correctly by not revealing the cancer diagnosis earlier in the account.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Business Times
    Entry Title: Sameness sells
    Entry Credit: Katie Burke
    Judge Comment: This analysis of the problems facing the San Francisco restaurant industry could have conveyed the same information in a traditional inverted pyramid structure, but the author smartly keyed in on a symptom of the larger issues that diners have likely not even realized they notice as a way to illustrate what challenges restaurateurs face in the market. Well done.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Maria Sun
    Entry Title: 'Fighting' back
    Entry Credit: Kasey Bubnash
    Judge Comment: A riveting story of how young children are able to use a physical activity to cope with bullying at school, even if they aren't using it in the way the parent had initially intended. Great storytelling and great research on the magnitude and lasting effects of bullying in our schools.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Mountain View Voice
    Entry Title: Mushroom houses on Mars
    Entry Credit: Mark Noack
    Judge Comment: The image of mushroom houses on Mars is fanciful, but the author backs up what sounds like a silly idea with a plethora of information that shows how serious scientists are taking the topic, both for space travel and even for sustainable construction on this planet in the near future.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: North Coast Journal
    Entry Title: Plight of the Abalone
    Entry Credit: Kimberly Wear
    Judge Comment: A gripping tale of an environmental disaster while we are still in the middle of it, and a look at how government officials are scrambling to address it and hoping they can reverse the effects of this "perfect storm" that is killing a treasured and important part of the coastal ecosystem.