2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Profile Story ( Dailies: 15,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
    Entry Title: Afghan man’s family finds refuge in Claremont, ready for new opportunities
    Entry Credit: Javier Rojas
    Judge Comment: So well written. Just impressive storytelling. The amount of research and care for detail made it quite a learning experience.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: Redding’s community poet, ‘Sani on the mic,’ brings message of resilience in rhyme
    Entry Credit: Michele Chandler
    Judge Comment: The storytelling was it for me. You had me with the lede — someone randomly performing for strangers! What! — and never let it go from there. Would've like to know a little more about the adversity that was kind of glossed over. Was necessary, I think to help us invest in Sani
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Marin Independent Journal
    Entry Title: Playwright's latest work captures life and work of her husband, the pandemic expert
    Entry Credit: Vicki Larson
    Judge Comment: The writing made something that doesn't seem interesting especially so. Love finding the common thread that makes it universally interesting — love, passion.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: How this 23-year-old Cal Poly student rose to respected SLO racial justice leader
    Entry Credit: Nick Wilson
    Judge Comment: It was great getting to know Amman. The storytelling made it feel like I knew him. And while doing so, I really felt like I was back in that time again. The tension. The drama. The hurt,
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Napa Valley Register
    Entry Title: Marine diver’s path led from Vietnam War to art career in Napa
    Entry Credit: Howard Yune
    Judge Comment: The details did it. The visuals made up for a lot because it put me there. Would've like to know more about the "why" but the "what" was written quite well