2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Writing ( Dailies: 15,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Monterey Herald
    Entry Title: Storied provenance of ‘The Sketch Box’ cottage
    Entry Credit: Lisa Watson
    Judge Comment: Just lovely, vivid writing.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: Semi-wild dog lived on hill above SLO neighborhood for years — and became a beloved mascot
    Entry Credit: Kaytlyn Leslie
    Judge Comment: A beautiful story. The writer strikes a very nice balance of illustrating what this dog meant to those who cared for her without ever going over the top in anthropomorphizing her.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: ‘Like a bomb went off.’ How a perfect storm sent Big Sur’s Highway 1 crumbling into the sea
    Entry Credit: Kaytlyn Leslie, Kathe Tanner
    Judge Comment: Wonderful descriptions of the forces that created the massive slide ... and very, very thorough reporting.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Marin Independent Journal
    Entry Title: Breakthrough infections strike fear, worry in Marin's music scene
    Entry Credit: Paul Liberatore
    Judge Comment: None
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: I have autism, and it made me the sports reporter I am
    Entry Credit: Ethan Hanson
    Judge Comment: A pretty courageous piece that left me with new insight into what it's like to live on the autism spectrum. Thank you.