2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Youth and Education ( Dailies: 50,001 & over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: Sacramento students stranded in Afghanistan
    Entry Credit: Jason Pohl, Sawsan Morrar, Renée Byer
    Judge Comment: From the first paragraph, this story captures the heart. The depth of the reporting and the quality of the interviews shines brightly.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: The Unentitled Kids: California’s New Generation of Star College Applicants
    Entry Credit: Teresa Watanabe
    Judge Comment: This intimate look at the heart and soul of the immigrant culture - and the fight for the American dream. Thoughtful and compelling.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Orange County Register
    Entry Title: Mater Dei athletics culture
    Entry Credit: Scott M. Reid
    Judge Comment: This heartbreaking story is enhanced by the depth of reporting and the quality of the narrative. The look inside the athletic culture of academia is haunting and thought provoking.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Schools in More Affluent Areas Move Faster to Reopen Than Those in Low-Income Communities
    Entry Credit: Paloma Esquivel, Melissa Gomez, Howard Blume
    Judge Comment: This story probably needed to be told in a many district, as this story was we saw in so many districts coming out of the pandemic. What sets this piece apart is the depth of interviews, the heartbeat of the writing and the quality of the information.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Orange County Register
    Entry Title: Why aren’t Black students thriving at Chapman University?
    Entry Credit: Brooke Staggs
    Judge Comment: This story should be written at 1000 colleges that have similar issues with their demographics. Strongly told and thoughtfully reported.