2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Feature Story ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: Patriotism in 2021: What it means to people across Sonoma County
    Entry Credit: Kerry Benefield, Austin Murphy , Christopher Chung
    Judge Comment: This story felt like an essential read and an effort other newsrooms should take note of, given the current political climate, which can be exhausting for readers no navigate. This story, however, was anything but exhausting and by the time I was done reading, I was left wishing there was more. The wide variety of sources in this story provided a incredibly compelling sample of voices from the community and put faces to various ideals and mindsets. The vignettes and eye-catching photos that accompanied this piece made for a beautiful and rich read.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: How Pearl Harbor brought sorrow to Sonoma County’s Japanese community
    Entry Credit: Phil Barber
    Judge Comment: The rich color and details and impactful interviews made this a standout entry and classic example of features reporting. The use of archival photos mixed with new portraits of the subjects made for a beautiful layout. The candid interviews interwoven with tragic details of the historical narrative made for a fast read, but one that I wanted to savor.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: Left Infertile: Reproductive Rights Violated at Sonoma Developmental Center
    Entry Credit: Phil Barber, Kent Porter
    Judge Comment: I was drawn into this story from the start, and while it was a long read steeped with sadness, it didn't feel heavy. I appreciated the breakout boxes with resources and transparent information about how the story was reported, This is a tremendously important and well-reported story.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Press-Telegram
    Entry Title: Long Beach’s Washington neighborhood struggles to shake loose violence
    Entry Credit: Emily Rasmussen
    Judge Comment: I love the solutions-focus to this article! It puts a fresh and compelling spin on a topic that's often presented in a not-so-fresh way. The compelling and candid interviews with community members paint a detailed picture of how this program works and why it's effective for this community. This is an approach to public safety coverage that I would like to see more newsrooms take.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Modesto Bee
    Entry Title: Teens take over restaurant kitchens
    Entry Credit: Andrea Briseno, Andy Alfaro
    Judge Comment: As a fan of solutions reporting, I was excited to read this story from the very beginning. It's nice to see so much space and care devoted to a story about teens, and I appreciated reading about their very impressive efforts. Nice use of data to highlight the importance of programs like these, and I loved seeing and hearing from the involved teens in the accompanying video.