2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Wildfire Feature Coverage ( Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Sonoma Index-Tribune
    Entry Title: 60 seconds to launch
    Entry Credit: Chase Hunter
    Judge Comment: “60 seconds to launch” provides an interesting, inside look at the life of firefighters, from mundane (boiled-egg and oatmeal breakfast) to high-adrenaline (dousing flames with water as they race up a crispy hillside). Appreciation for the quotes ( “At least I had a chance to shower. Putting on socks with wet feet isn’t all that nice.”). Great visual writing and strong photography make this a wining package.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Sonoma Index-Tribune
    Entry Title: Unsheltered, fires and public space
    Entry Credit: Chase Hunter
    Judge Comment: Unsheltered people living in high-risk wildfire areas is an important issue throughout California. These two stories explore the human element of removing and closing off open areas to those without homes.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Business Journal
    Entry Title: Trial by Fire
    Entry Credit: Breanna Hardy
    Judge Comment: Journalists being trained for wildfire coverage by Cal Fire officials is likely something many readers are not aware of. This was a good story idea. However, I’m not clear on what the training was (all-day session? One-hour class?A video?). Details about the training would strengthen the story.