2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Feature Story ( Dailies: 15,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Daily Pilot
    Entry Title: Low Tide Aliens inscribe sacred geometry into the sands of Newport Beach
    Entry Credit: Sara Cardine
    Judge Comment: A nicely crafted feature that stands out for graceful, evocative writing and an effective narrative structure. Reporter Sara Cardine explores her subjects with curiosity and independence, helping readers experience and understand the passions of these two sand artists without becoming a press agent for their work. She brings readers into the story as fellow explorers, with just enough explanation to offer context. Lively writing stands out for fundamentals (active voice, fresh language) and a distinctive narrative voice that carries the material from begininng to end, without getting in the way.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Monterey Herald
    Entry Title: Christmas Angels: A history stored away
    Entry Credit: Tess Kenny
    Judge Comment: Impressive research and careful attention to detail, along with Tess Kenny's good descriptive writing, help this story take readers into the history not just of Christmas angels but of a community's relationship with plywood figures that are both art and holiday decor.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: SLO photographer recreates panorama of city — from a hilltop that doesn’t exist anymore
    Entry Credit: Nick Wilson, David Middlecamp
    Judge Comment: Pictures tell stories, and these did -- yet the story behind those stories, of a city both transformed and enduring, made this package by Nick Wilson and David Middlecamp effective. The detail on how a photographer recreated a famous scene was fascinating.
  • Competition Comment: Good feature writing takes readers beyond what happened to the other w's -- who, where, how -- and, ideally, goes beyond a report to tell a story. These entries show some of those elements in play, taking readers on journeys into human and community experience.