2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

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

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: San Francisco Chronicle: A mother's last hope
    Entry Credit: Heather Knight, Gabrielle Lurie
    Judge Comment: This story takes you deep into the fentanyl rabbit hole with vivid writing, strong story telling, and exhaustive sourcing.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: San Francisco Chronicle: A 100-year-old secret
    Entry Credit: Sarah Feldberg, Jessica Christian
    Judge Comment: A fascinating, hard-to-write tale that brought to life what could easily be pushed aside because of reporting challenges and complexity.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: San Francisco Chronicle: Swept Away
    Entry Credit: Nora Mishanec
    Judge Comment: Gave scope to what most people heard of as a singular incident, and brought awareness in compelling story form and with excellent reporting to a critically important danger zone.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Thousands of Household Wells Go Dry Amid California Drought: ‘Without Water, You’re Nothing’
    Entry Credit: Priscella Vega
    Judge Comment: Excellent writing, important and timely look at an element of the drought that few think about.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The San Diego Union-Tribune
    Entry Title: San Diego ‘throuple’ share their story
    Entry Credit: Pam Kragen
    Judge Comment: An engaging, thoughtful look at changes in our society that fly under the radar for many people.