2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Feature Story ( Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: La Canada Valley Sun
    Entry Title: Goats become gurus in Community Center of LCF's first-ever goat yoga class
    Entry Credit: Sara Cardine
    Judge Comment: There are trend stories...and then there's doing yoga with goats. Goat yoga is apparently more common than one might imagine (this entry was not the only one on this subject!). The clean and amusing writing elevated this story over all the others, as did a remarkable photo gallery that words don't do justice -- you have to click through it to fully appreciate. Sara Cardine's imagery and hilarious quotes had me smiling the whole story. Well done.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Sonoma Index-Tribune
    Entry Title: The Bear Flag Revolt revolt
    Entry Credit: Kate Williams
    Judge Comment: Here's a history story where the past and present collide into a fascinating controversy: a debate is ongoing regarding the tale of the Bear Flag Revolt. "This revolt was born of a racist belief," says one person. "History is rarely pretty," says another. The Index-Tribune lays out the whole story from all angles and lets the reader draw their own conclusion.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Sonoma Index-Tribune
    Entry Title: Death and cookies
    Entry Credit: Carole Kelleher
    Judge Comment: "Death and Cookies" -- now THAT's an eye-catching headline. I must also admit, it was jarring at first to see "Death" used as the 'jump' word ... but perhaps that is the point of this story and of these Death Cafes: turning what is considered a "taboo subject" into one that can be respectfully discussed among mature adults. This was truly an interesting, informative read.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Kenwood Press
    Entry Title: Some burned-out homeowners turning to pre-fab houses
    Entry Credit: Sarah Phelps
    Judge Comment: Sarah Phelps' well-thought-out story offers a unique view into the aftermath of the October 2017 fires in Glen Ellen, California. There are many issues at play: residents seek to rebuild their homes, but there is a lack of available contractors due to the changing economy and job market. This story details both the issues at play as well as the "innovative" ways some are trying to solve the problems.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Silicon Valley Business Journal
    Entry Title: Why developers look to Watsonville as the Bay Area's next frontier
    Entry Credit: Rosellen "Rosie" Downey
    Judge Comment: In just a few pages, reporter Rosellen Downey gives a concise but interesting overview of the past, present and future of the city of Watsonville. This entry was augmented by a nice display of photos by Vicki Thompson. I was also pleased with the addition of extra elements, such as the factbox "6 things you may not know" about Watsonville.