2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Open - Columns ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & under,Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: Heather Knight: Columnist
    Entry Credit: Heather Knight
    Judge Comment: The column about the Tenferloin drug addict is harrowing - more than most - not just expressing how appalling the situation is but adding isgnificant to our understanding of it, and a discussion of options. A jumpout quote from the profiled addict: “I don’t have a choice anymore about whether I use fentanyl or not because it’s in everything. That choice has been taken away from any drug addict who’s using now. People who don’t have the tolerance can overdose very easily.”
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Claremont Courier
    Entry Title: Something has to give: start with empathy/Healing only possible when we're ready, willing
    Entry Credit: Mick Rhodes
    Judge Comment: Good pair of columns about a homeless guy needed medical help. The specificity is strong, and the twist at the end of the second one suggests the complexity of the situation. Makes the not-often made but useful point that "healing only possible when we're ready."
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: Yousef Baig
    Entry Credit: Yousef Baig
    Judge Comment: Campaigning in some controversial territory. (From what I saw: I looked up samples elsewhere, because the paper's paywall blocked me from the entries.)
  • Competition Comment: None