2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

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  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: Gavin Newsom dyslexia
    Entry Credit: Sophia Bollag
    Judge Comment: This had value to me as a reader and a voter. I appreciate the inclusion that Newsom actually reads his staff reports and marks them up. Perfect length and contained the most relevant information.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: Is ‘Hangtown Santa’ a Proud Boy? California county argues over political appointee
    Entry Credit: Michael McGough
    Judge Comment: Interesting story that also highlights an all-too-common duplicity regarding some politicians and the groups they give attention to. Well written and presented.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: 'Richard the real': An unexpected California union leader
    Entry Credit: Wes Venteicher
    Judge Comment: Well-investigated and presented. I liked the inclusion of the subject’s unwillingness to share certain information, as it showed investigative research. I also liked the last quote as it gave insight into the subject’s non-sequitur M.O.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: San Francisco Chronicle: Mass Shooting Widow
    Entry Credit: Nora Mishanec
    Judge Comment: Caught and held my attention. I like the inclusion of seemingly contradictory thought processes, such as the subject’s comparing shootings to unavoidable earthquakes and that she wanted to be there for the victims, even though she lost her husband to a mass shooting. I feel it highlights a societal circle-squaring when it comes to personal entitlement and public safety.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: She Helped Her Husband Start a Far-Right Militia Group. Now the Oath Keeper’s Wife Has Regrets
    Entry Credit: Del Quentin Wilber
    Judge Comment: Comprehensive and well-presented. It makes me wonder how many other Americans have similar stories to tell.