2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Sports Feature Story ( Dailies: 50,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: UCLA football remains success-starved, but no program is eating richer
    Entry Credit: Nathan Fenno, David Wharton
    Judge Comment: Top-notch reporting and research revealed numbers that left my jaw dropping after every paragraph. Checks off all the boxes in what makes for a great sports feature.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Volleyball star Hayley Hodson had it all, until blows to her head changed everything
    Entry Credit: Patrick Hruby
    Judge Comment: Journalism at its finest. Poignant and engaging to the point where you feel the subject's pain. Well organized, relevant, effective use of language. Not much - if any - separated the 1st and 2nd place stories.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: San Francisco Chronicle: Kaepernick and Castlemont
    Entry Credit: Scott Ostler
    Judge Comment: Out of all the stories that have been written on Colin Kaepernick, this one is arguably the best. Fine job of reporting and finding an angle no one has written on.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Orange County Register
    Entry Title: For Lakers support staff, the bubble has been a frantic, collaborative effort
    Entry Credit: Kyle Goon
    Judge Comment: The authors deserve plaudits for coming up with such a unique story angle and the fine level of detail and reporting. Excellent piece of work.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: As big leagues play amid a pandemic, memories of when barrio baseball ruled East L.A.
    Entry Credit: Kevin Baxter
    Judge Comment: Stellar job of writing and reporting. I felt like I was transported back to the 1940s and '50s and could picture what barrio baseball was all about.