2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Editorial Comment ( Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Sonoma Index-Tribune
    Entry Title: "On Facts, Legends and a National Reckoning"
    Entry Credit: Jason Walsh
    Judge Comment: Our role as journalists is to invoke, at the very least, a discussion. We all knew of the Spanish missionaries and ruthless treatment of Native Americans, but we didn't always read about at the foot of the memorials. You're spot on with acknowledging a more complete historical account of the person, achievements and otherwise. However some people may not want to read the truth about their heroes, thinking perhaps a museum for memorials is best. I imagine the smaller communities will have a lot to talk about. What a thought-provoking read here, and I see it was published early last year, good timing. Congratulations!
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Kenwood Press
    Entry Title: Publishers Corner "Imperfect v. Impossible"
    Entry Credit: Alec Peters, Ann Peters
    Judge Comment: Introducing the idea of "accommodating the homeless," I believe, in many communities is a hot issue. However tackling this issue - getting your community to see the plight of the homeless; and the struggle toward affordable housing - is a start. Homelessness isn't going away tomorrow; affordable housing will not be solved tomorrow. I love that you asked readers to take a "deep breath" getting them to recognize that the County is actually trying to do something. I think locals  reading your editorial will come to feel at ease, some may bring themselves to set aside the stigma of the homeless.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Kenwood Press
    Entry Title: Publishers Corner "Wear Your Mask"
    Entry Credit: Ann Peters
    Judge Comment: Tough read when it came to father's death, I'm so sorry for your loss. Tragic, the description of the ventilator, my good guess is that most people are unaware of sedation of the patient while ventilated. Readers do need a serious read, a personal touch like this brings about that engagement and thought.Thank you so much for sharing. 
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Alianza Metropolitan News
    Entry Title: No debemos dejar vencernos y salgamos a votar
    Entry Credit: Rossana Drumond
    Judge Comment: Puedo imaginar los sentimientos de los inmigrantes mexicanos a partir de las duras palabras de ex presidente Donald Trump. Pero lo que hizo, entre algunos latinos, fue convocarlos a los Latinos a votar. Los medios étnicos mantienen un voz para la comunidad latina, una salida para los inmigrantes que se sentían como ciudadanos de segunda clase. Este es muy buen trabajo! Gracias!
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Sierra Sun
    Entry Title: The government in knots
    Entry Credit: The Union Editorial Board
    Judge Comment: What an issue. This is absolutely something that needs attention, a transparent discussion like that brought about by journalists. The editorial board at Sierra Sun established the outlet for readers to speak out on the issue, making it transparent. Well-written, concise, striking issue. Kudos! Stay on this!