2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Wildfire Feature Coverage ( Dailies: 15,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: Raging Dolan Fire overran firefighter and his crew. Now SLO County man is battling to recover
    Entry Credit: Kathe Tanner
    Judge Comment: This is an incredibly moving piece--one that almost brought this judge to tears. The unique angle, a firefighter becoming a burn victim, is both heroic and inspiring thanks to the reporter's insight into his recovery and the way in which the story is told.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Napa Valley Register
    Entry Title: Berryessa Highlands trying to recover a year after Hennessey fire
    Entry Credit: Barry Eberling
    Judge Comment: This story truly shows how people have given up and moved on. The fire forever changed the area, and the reporter eloquently and respectfully captured the story of a town left desolate.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Chico Enterprise-Record
    Entry Title: Facing theft after fire
    Entry Credit: Natalie Hanson
    Judge Comment: The unique angle of the story, fire victims being victimized by looters, really captured the essence of tragedy times two. So many wonderful quotes.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Chico Enterprise-Record
    Entry Title: 8 men fought to save 154-year-old barn
    Entry Credit: Sharon Martin
    Judge Comment: The reporter focuses on one small story in a huge event with many stories, and does so admirably. The history infused with the present day struggle to save the century-old barn creates a captivating story.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: ‘I’m going to die’: 72-year-old man prepared to shoot himself, dog if he didn’t escape Dixie Fire
    Entry Credit: Mike Chapman
    Judge Comment: A heart-breaking story that could have ended tragically if not for a miracle. The reporter skillfully and respectfully tells the tale of a man who had almost given up and was willing to leave the world on his own terms.