2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Columns ( Dailies: 50,001 & over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Columns by Gustavo Arellano
    Entry Credit: Gustavo Arellano
    Judge Comment: "Dad was a COVID skeptic" tells a very effective personal story — great storytelling shared in a likable, persuasive voice. Deftly balances humor with such serious subject. "Is L.A. County Sheriff rounding up posse of cowboys" offers a thoughtful look at the deeply troubling implications behind what, on the surface, seems to be a frivolous sheriff's office policy. Very original way to convey a larger picture of institutional dysfunction.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Columns by LZ Granderson
    Entry Credit: LZ Granderson
    Judge Comment: "Color of Queerness" offers a compelling perspective that doesn't seem commonly covered; "Future historians" tells a well-structured story with so much evidence?; ?lots of info, sources
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Columns by Erika D. Smith
    Entry Credit: Erika D. Smith
    Judge Comment: "Black Face of White Supremacy" makes great use of imagery to put the reader in the scene, amasses a mountain of evidence against Elder as a candidate for governor — the quote from Najee Ali is especially damning. "Larry Elder fans" makes strong use of Elder fans' racist messages to build an airtight case against themselves and their support for Elder; very well-structured.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: Opinion columns by Yousef Baig
    Entry Credit: Yousef Baig
    Judge Comment: "Personal loss an effective argument for vaccine" personalizes a challenging issue, highlights some complexities that aren't always considered in other coverage; "Councilman's answer to poverty is wealth" is an interesting profile of councilperson and his position on a major issue — the details of which his constituents and readers in general may not be aware. Effective use of councilman's own quotes to underscore how out of touch he is.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The San Diego Union-Tribune
    Entry Title: Super League dies; CFP still plays on / Plenty of summer heat but no fire
    Entry Credit: Mark Zeigler
    Judge Comment: "Super League dies" was an eye-opening read and offered great, in-depth perspective on the complex and inequitable systems behind U.S. college football; "Plenty of summer heat" offered an entertaining, tightly written wrap-up of a truly unusual Olympics