2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Columns ( Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Sonoma Index-Tribune
    Entry Title: "Coins in a Fountain" and "Gimme Shelter, Indeed"
    Entry Credit: Jason Walsh
    Judge Comment: Jason uses his own personal experiences, including conversations with his daughter Evie, to help keep the harsh realities of the pandemic in perspective. His writing his clear and clever.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Cambrian
    Entry Title: Husband’s death results in lessons about loss, love during COVID pandemic AND Confessions of a ‘poinsettia killer’: Why is it so hard to keep holiday plants alive?
    Entry Credit: Kathe Tanner
    Judge Comment: Kathe's two entries strike the range of emotions that surely make her a favorite with readers. In the first column she shares the heartbreaking loss of her husband to COVID. In the second, she elicits smiles with her confession as the "poinsettia killer." Her columns make the reader feel like she is a member of the family.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Petaluma Argus-Courier
    Entry Title: Oliver's World
    Entry Credit: Oliver Graves
    Judge Comment: Oliver takes the boring realities of politics -- the filibuster and debates -- and turns them upside down. His unique perspective is refreshing.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Silicon Valley Business Journal
    Entry Title: From the Editor: J. Jennings Moss
    Entry Credit: J. Jennings Moss
    Judge Comment: These columns address issues of particular relevance to readers in the Silicon Valley. The point of view is focused and the writing is clear.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Ojai Valley News
    Entry Title: Extra Point - Sports Commentary
    Entry Credit: Austin Widger, Laura Rearwin Ward, Marianne Ratcliff
    Judge Comment: Austin's sports columns tackle the serious issue of racism and he does so with a clear voice and perspective.