2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Sports Feature Story ( Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: San Clemente Times
    Entry Title: San Clemente Resident Annie Kunz Qualifies for Olympic Heptathlon
    Entry Credit: Zach Cavanagh
    Judge Comment: This feature brought to mind the Strunk&White quote, "Clarity is the style of all honest men." While the prose is workman-like, it tells a compelling story not just of one athlete's strong character but of the broader process of getting to the Olympics.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Comstock's Magazine
    Entry Title: Tee Time
    Entry Credit: Bob Burns
    Judge Comment: Interesting angle -- how the pandemic actually helped re-ignite interest in golf. This was informative and timely. While more pop and sparkle in the prose would have elevated the piece even higher, it was nonetheless well organized and read smoothly.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: John Murphy
    Entry Title: Hawk Ramos playing for his Aquinas, his family and tribe
    Entry Credit: John Murphy
    Judge Comment: Good use of quotes here. The piece had a straightforward narration that nonetheless gave some texture to the interview subject and the world of the story.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Tracy Press
    Entry Title: Athletic families connect across generations
    Entry Credit: Bob Brownne
    Judge Comment: This was a charming anecdotal piece, the kind that makes readers feel like they know their neighbors that much better. The writing had a sense of voice that is missing in so many others.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: After Five: The North State Magazine
    Entry Title: Babe Ruth in Dunsmuir
    Entry Credit: Aaron Williams, Ron Harrington
    Judge Comment: The writer provides a detailed historical account of a local event, which is something not seen a lot in today's journalism. What it lacked, however, was a sense of narrative arc and scene-building.