2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Sports Feature Story ( Dailies: 50,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: World Series Game 5: An Inside Look at How a Championship Slipped Away From the Dodgers
    Entry Credit: Andy McCullough
    Judge Comment: A fascinating examination of the details of the game, and how the momentum can shift on just one batter or even one pitch. You learn a lot about the game through the mindsets of the coaches and players at those critical moments. This story brings the mental aspect of the game to life.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Orange County Register
    Entry Title: NBA All-Star weekend: L.A. is already the center of the hoop world
    Entry Credit: Ryan Kartje
    Judge Comment: This is the type of reporting that reveals a city’s relationship with the sport through anecdotes that people at all levels of the sport can relate to. That the NBA’s greats connect to the city through this relationship makes the story even more compelling.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: The Final Call: The Voice of USC Football Does His Most Important Work for an Audience of One
    Entry Credit: Bill Plaschke
    Judge Comment: High profile sports figures often give back to their communities in ways that you otherwise would not hear of. Good job of highlighting the type of service that is is a selfless expression of kindness and compassion, and which means so much to the community, and would otherwise go unnoticed.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Fresno Bee
    Entry Title: Bulldogs’ linebacker Jeff Allison again playing through pain
    Entry Credit: Robert Kuwada
    Judge Comment: A respectful treatment of players willing to open up about the personal pain in their lives. Teams are often described as family. This story shows good examples of how strong that bond can be.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: Going Home with DeMarcus Cousins
    Entry Credit: Connor LeTourneau
    Judge Comment: I like how the origin story helps describe the caring and charitable side of a player that we otherwise would not see.