2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Arts & Entertainment Coverage ( Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Los Angeles Times: Sept. 12, Sept. 13
    Entry Credit: Los Angeles Times Staff
    Judge Comment: Newspaper is based in Los Angeles, so you figure it would have a great Arts & Entertainment Section…and it does! Great stories, featuring newsmaking interviews with Clint Eastwood and Lindsey Buckingham, as well as fascinating stories on the video art of Pipilotti Rist and the reemergence of L.A.’s Poetry Scene, plus more…and that’s just in the first issue. Info on television, books, etc., are also included. The second issue is not the following Sunday’s section, but the following day's Monday edition, which is far from thin. It has more arts and entertainment related stories, including Hollywood’s “commitment to racial justice.” And all of this before mentioning the inclusion of the first issue’s big 13-page special section on the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Easy No. 1 choice for the Best Arts & Entertainment Section.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The San Diego Union-Tribune
    Entry Title: Arts & Entertainment Coverage
    Entry Credit: The San Diego Union-Tribune Arts & Entertainment staff
    Judge Comment: Extensive arts and entertainment section, including local San Diego coverage, especially on artists and their shows, opera and dance…three areas I wouldn't think would be of interest to a majority of readers, but the paper knows its readers better than I do. The second issue’s profile stories of several local artisans are also very nice. Beyond that, you were able to include fairly lengthy sections on television, local events and books. The Recommended Reads by local bookstore owners and librarians is a nice touch.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: San Francisco Chronicle: Datebook, Jan. 3 & 10
    Entry Credit: Datebook Staff San Francisco Chronicle
    Judge Comment: Probably the best entry on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on entertainment, including local art and entertainment people writing a “Dear New Year 2021,” and the feature story on stand-up comics dealing with the issue in “What’s The Deal with Pandemic Comedy.” No doubt this was helped by the issues chosen by the newspaper from early January 2021. Emphasis on book reviews and latest releases, which is nice.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Mercury News/East Bay Times
    Entry Title: Netflix's Crazy Canines (0225), Top Bassists (0304)
    Entry Credit: Randy McMullen, Trinity Powells
    Judge Comment: Even though it is a little light on strictly local stories, the issue is laid out nicely with nice art. And having one article be a traditional feature story and then another an interview with a book author using a Q&A breaks things up, which I think readers appreciate. Top 25 or whatever lists are always popular, and one on the Bay Area’s top Bass Players was bound to be well received – and argued over. Adding a video game review is also a nice touch. Light on actual events going on in the area, but frankly, those places should be running paid ads for their events.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Marin Independent Journal
    Entry Title: Exploring the past; Life after Huey Lewis and the News
    Entry Credit: Vicki Larson
    Judge Comment: Nice main feature story in each issue. Competing against larger daily newspaper arts and entertainment sections is a tall order.