2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Editorial Comment ( Dailies: 15,000 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: A SLO County sheriff’s video meant to showcase diversity and concern. It was a PR flop
    Entry Credit: Stephanie Finucane
    Judge Comment: Nice mix of stats, public opinion give a good snapshot of both how video was received and some of the area's diversity issues. Spot-on use of screenshots to help illustrate some of the video's most troubling aspects. Very timely and constructive; offers thoughtful points not just in how the video failed, but what elements could have made for a video that would have had a more positive impact on the community.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Napa Valley Register
    Entry Title: https://napavalleyregister.com/opinion/editorial/an-outstanding-way-to-serve-the-community/article_d78970c4-927d-53ce-bd37-c31ef854d9f4.html
    Entry Credit: Staff
    Judge Comment: Original; surprising to find a success story in wildfire coverage. Highly constructive, with a clear call to action. Offers a strong analysis on how this communications model succeeded and how it could improve.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Union
    Entry Title: Closed doors come natural to government
    Entry Credit: The Union Editorial Board
    Judge Comment: Well-written piece; nice conversational but authoritative tone. Lots of great compelling evidence; very persuasive.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Napa Valley Register
    Entry Title: Napa County is the new front line on wildfire
    Entry Credit: Staff
    Judge Comment: Sharp writing. Photo choice is absolutely perfect to illustrate this editorial. May have needed a few more specifics on how each group of stakeholders can meaningfully participate.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Chico Enterprise-Record
    Entry Title: Chico Enterprise-Record editorials
    Entry Credit: Chico Enterprise-Record Editorial Board
    Judge Comment: Well-written piece. Nice tone (but maybe a few too many rhetorical questions) Persuasive. Nice touch adding government contact info at the end; an ultimate call to action.