2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Profile Story ( Dailies: 15,000 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: How SLO protest leader Tianna Arata went from outsider to the middle of history
    Entry Credit: Mackenzie Shuman
    Judge Comment: This pulled me in right away and kept me engaged with the vivid writing and detail. There is great reporting and organization of this story, weaving together Tianna’s life experiences with what led to the charges against her and what her life has been like since that pivotal day.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Cruz Sentinel
    Entry Title: Shock the nation
    Entry Credit: Jim Seimas
    Judge Comment: This story was fascinating. I was intrigued by why this successful person would make such a career change, then found myself pulled into Trent’s personal story and how he succeeded in the overhaul of the tiny football program he took over. Well-written and organized with thorough reporting and detail.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Daily Press
    Entry Title: First responder, boy he saved from drowning reunited in Barstow after nearly 34 years
    Entry Credit: Rene Ray De La Cruz
    Judge Comment: The reporter took time to thoughtfully highlight the lifelong impact that one fateful day had for a first responder and the person they saved. What results is a touching look at the bond formed and a refreshing reminder of how people can change each other’s lives. Great detail and strong writing make this a memorable story.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Chico Enterprise-Record
    Entry Title: Friends remember Vest
    Entry Credit: Will Denner
    Judge Comment: This deeply reported piece is a thoughtful exploration of the challenges Stephen faced before he was shot by police.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Napa Valley Register
    Entry Title: Winner, winner? Napan collects/restores 'one-arm bandits'
    Entry Credit: Jennifer Huffman
    Judge Comment: From the fun lede to the well-crafted kicker, this engaging piece offers a nicely written look at a niche hobby and what drives one collector.