2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Profile Story ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Salinas Californian
    Entry Title: Lost at sea: This California family is turning their grief into a life-saving campaign
    Entry Credit: Jocelyn Ortega
    Judge Comment: None
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Meghann Cuniff
    Entry Title: Renowned Orange County historian and conservationist Ilse Byrnes dies at 94
    Entry Credit: Meghann Cuniff
    Judge Comment: None
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: San Quentin News
    Entry Credit: Anthony Manuel Caravalho
    Judge Comment: None
  • Competition Comment: Great entries. All the stories were informative, well-crafted, and thought provoking. However, "Lost at sea" stood out not only because of the nature of the story but because in addition to meeting all the elements of good reporting it highlighted how quickly joy can turn to tragedy and then walking readers through this family's journey to healing through working for change on behalf of others. The solutions focus of this story put it over the top in relation to the others candidates in this category.