2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Editorial Comment ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Grunion Gazette
    Entry Title: Recount A Necessity
    Entry Credit: Harry Saltzgaver
    Judge Comment: This piece, of all the columns I read, seems most likely to actually make an impact. It was about a specific issue, it presented evidence, it had a point of view. Writing was clear.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: San Quentin News
    Entry Title: The stark reality of prison, COVID and the public perception
    Entry Credit: Marcus Henderson
    Judge Comment: This was the most emotionally impactful column to a broader audience. Well written. Kudos to the writer for putting pen to paper.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Camarillo Acorn
    Entry Title: Wearing us down during the holidays
    Entry Credit: Daniel Wolowicz
    Judge Comment: This one was funny. Kind of one long dad joke. A solid effort. Didn't really take much of a stand though. Don't think it will change minds.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Camarillo Acorn
    Entry Title: Students' act was cruel and cowardly
    Entry Credit: Daniel Wolowicz
    Judge Comment: Good on you for calling out bigotry. But I don't think this was emotionally resonant enough to change minds.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: San Quentin News
    Entry Title: What role does society play in the development of felons?
    Entry Credit: Marcus Henderson
    Judge Comment: Glad to see him writing and reflecting on himself and life in San Quentin for the rest of the world to see. Keep writing and striving to improve.