2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Writing ( Dailies: 15,000 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Record
    Entry Title: Picking up the pieces; Project shows a part of life that goes unnoticed; Still wondering why; She never returned to her baby; No chance to say goodbye; It's crazy. It don't make no sense
    Entry Credit: Roger Phillips, Donald Blount, Nicholas Filipas, Almendra Carpizo
    Judge Comment: A moving story, effectively written and well-organized. The group of stories was outstanding and important, and I hope it is being recognized as a whole package in another category.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: When SLO woman could no longer fight for her life, she chose to fight for her death
    Entry Credit: Lindsey Holden
    Judge Comment: A heroic effort in both writing and research, putting one woman's heart-breaking story into a broader context all readers can relate to.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: Recounting fire's destructive path
    Entry Credit: Matt Brannon
    Judge Comment: For a story written mostly chronologically, a style that can deliver a story dead-on-arrival, it was compelling because of the reporter's effective language usage and lively style.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Record
    Entry Title: Two-wheeled tombstones
    Entry Credit: Almendra Carpizo
    Judge Comment: This is a small story with a big impact on the reader because of skillful and effective writing.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Cruz Sentinel
    Entry Title: Rock legend Ritchie Valens’ brother, Watsonville icon Bob Morales, dies at 81
    Entry Credit: Michael Todd
    Judge Comment: Great lede and lively writing. Readers are likely to regret never having met La Bamba Bob after reading the story.