2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Special Sports Section ( Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: Warriors, The Oakland Years
    Entry Credit: Chronicle Sports Staff , Elizabeth Burr, Tam Duong
    Judge Comment: This entry was absolutely astonishing. It is in a class all of its own. Bruce Jenkins pens a tale of a team that includes everything you can imagine, from heartbreak to saving a dolphin. The historical purpose of this is amazing — and it even ends with some hope for a city that is losing a team. The historical photos add so much to the publication. This was by far the class of this field and was a job so well done it deserves higher recognition than from a humble newspaper contest judge. Still, it just doesn't get any better than this publication. The Chronicle went above and beyond to produce this piece, itself a historical record.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: NBA Preview 2018
    Entry Credit: Los Angeles Times Staff
    Judge Comment: This was a great special section, especially given the relevance of having the biggest superstar in the NBA as the centerpiece. The reporting in this edition is outstanding, as it the layout, photography and use of graphics.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Bakersfield Californian
    Entry Title: BVarsity 2018 Football Preview
    Entry Credit: The Bakersfield Californian's BVarsity staff
    Judge Comment: For a production about high school football, this one was a job well done. The layout is good and the use of graphics is outstanding. All teams are previewed in depth with well-written stories. It should also be noted the amount of local advertising, which shows how much the community stands behind its teams. That is important in this day and age.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The San Diego Union-Tribune
    Entry Title: Baseball 2018
    Entry Credit: Sports Staff
    Judge Comment: This was a great edition for the baseball fan. If you wanted to know about the Padres, this was the place to go. Photography is outstanding as are the graphics and layout. It was also a nice touch having the chronicle of the team's schedule. Good job.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Sun
    Entry Title: Desert Classic Golf Special Section
    Entry Credit: Matt Solinsky, Larry Bohannan
    Judge Comment: For a golf tournament preview, this was packed with information. A lot of time and effort was put into this edition. The layout was very good as was all of the graphics which outlined each course. The local writing angle, too, was well done. Who knew how important musical entertainment was to a golf tournament.