2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Feature Story ( Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Comstock's Magazine
    Entry Title: Lineage of Success: Family businesses are the heart and soul of Little Saigon in south Sacramento
    Entry Credit: Lien Hoang
    Judge Comment: A look at how the economic crash brought on by Covid affected the businesses, especially restaurants, of the Little Saigon area in Sacramento. The story included good background and perspective - material I've not seen elsewhere on how many Asian businesses have been particularly hard hit in the last year - and a good profile of the district and how the ethnic groups function within it. Clear, efficient and highly informative. There's an appreciation for the people and businesses here that doesn't become hagiographic.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Almanac
    Entry Title: Portola Valley delivers a fond farewell
    Entry Credit: Julia Brown
    Judge Comment: Can't recall seeing another story recently about a UPS delivery guy who seems to have endeared himself to his community after making delivered in the area ever since 1984. Gets an extra point for finding the usual and special in what would seem to be the ordinary.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Pleasanton Weekly
    Entry Title: On the road again
    Entry Credit: Dolores Fox Ciardelli
    Judge Comment: About a family's RV adventures around the country visiting national parks, before and then during the pandemic. At first a family profile, the story picks up interest as the effects of the pandemic kick in and ties to the pandemic-era RV trend. Rises above the basic subject matter.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Mountain View Voice
    Entry Title: Ames wind tunnels put NASA's new moonshot to the test
    Entry Credit: Kevin Forestieri
    Judge Comment: Efficient piece of localized science writing, making a complex subject comprehensible.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Los Altos Town Crier
    Entry Title: Residents rally in wake of post office hate incident
    Entry Credit: Eric He
    Judge Comment: How and why a quick incident at a post office counter led to a larger protest in the town of Los Altos against racism. A useful look at "low level racism" and a community's reactions to it.