2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Profile Story ( Weeklies: 4,300 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: St. Helena Star
    Entry Title: St. Helenan walks from Selma to Montgomery in honor of historic civil rights march
    Entry Credit: Jesse Duarte
    Judge Comment: I was surprised by how hooked I got on this story. The nice, relaxed writing, great details and juxtaposition of history and present really made it sing for me!
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Weekly Calistogan
    Entry Title: 23andMe unites Calistogan with biological mother
    Entry Credit: Cynthia Sweeney
    Judge Comment: Just loved this story, and totally teared up at one point. I think the secret here is you let the story tell it self with quotes and anecdotes and good organization, and kept your own prose out of the way.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Weekly Calistogan
    Entry Title: Peter Lang, owner of Safari West, receives 2018 Animal Rescue Hero Award from American Red Cross
    Entry Credit: Anne Ward Ernst
    Judge Comment: I know a profile is supposed to be about who someone is, but this story is really about what this extraordinary man did. You recognized that and wrote a fascinating piece.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Mountain Enterprise
    Entry Title: Frazier Mountain's Freedom Rider
    Entry Credit: Patric Hedlund
    Judge Comment: I'm not sure how you made it work -- a profile with almost no new information or quotes from the subject -- but it's a really interesting piece hung on the transcript of a touching and engrossing prior conversation between someone who experienced the dark side of history and someone who was trying to change it,. Reminded me of an NPR piece.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Weekly Calistogan
    Entry Title: Mountain Home Ranch, on the path to recovery
    Entry Credit: Anne Ward Ernst
    Judge Comment: It's hard for any NorCal journalist to not get -- sorry in advance! -- burned out on fire stories but this recount of this family's struggle was compelling, and you did a good job not over-writing it.