2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Wildfire Feature Coverage ( Dailies: 50,001 & over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: San Francisco Chronicle: Fighting to be a Firefighter
    Entry Credit: Lizzie Johnson
    Judge Comment: I thought this was the top choice because it was an extremely well-researched look at an original topic.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: San Francisco Chronicle: Towns Transformed by Fire
    Entry Credit: J.D. Morris, Yalonda James
    Judge Comment: This story really put the dramatic and widespread impacts of wildfires into perspective with a very personal look.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: ‘It looked like hell.’ Stories of loss and survival from inside California’s Caldor Fire
    Entry Credit: Molly Sullivan, Sam Stanton, Sawsan Morrar
    Judge Comment: This Caldor Fire story did a great job at looking at a number of different people who felt the dramatic impacts in their community.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The San Diego Union-Tribune
    Entry Title: FORESTS ON THE BRINK
    Entry Credit: Joshua Emerson Smith
    Judge Comment: Forests was a well-researched and interesting look from more of a biological perspective on the impacts of wildfires.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Examiner
    Entry Title: Firefighting has a diversity issue, and these women want to solve it
    Entry Credit: Jessica Wolfrom
    Judge Comment: This story shed light on an interesting area of firefighting that's often underreported.