2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Profile Story ( Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Lamorinda Weekly
    Entry Title: Donna de Varona Olympic gold medalist and Title IX crusader
    Entry Credit: Jon Kingdon
    Judge Comment: An. excellent profile but it's Donna's voice that comes through. The article is organized, informative and very well written. It's not just about Donna, who deserves the attention, but also a history of Title IX, something that today's women take for granted. This article should have a wider audience,
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Palo Alto Weekly
    Entry Title: A principal's pledge: Barron Park's new principal aims to forge partnerships by making home visits to each student's family
    Entry Credit: Zoe Morgan
    Judge Comment: A very informative profile that opens up its subject to a wider audience. The profile is well written, inspirational and interesting all the way through. The writer paints a vivid picture of an individual worth knowing.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Coachella Valley Independent
    Entry Title: The Girl Club: Meet Solange Signoret, a High School Senior Who May Very Well Change the World
    Entry Credit: Kay Kudukis
    Judge Comment: This conversational style of this profile is packed with information and really makes a case for this extraordinary young woman who gives more than she takes. Sylistically, the writer makes it all very personal and her appreciation of her subject really comes through.
  • Competition Comment: The entries were divergent in terms of quality amd writing. The shorter profiles were at a disadvantage because they could only give thumbnail portraits. A couple of them were very good but couldn't compete with the better, more complete subjects of the longer pieces. It was, however, very onerous to read more than one entry per person. The two best short pieces werer "Show and Tell" and "Hometown Hero Turns 100" but neither could compete against the ones I chose as the winners because they couldn't give a full enough view of the subject or they tried to give too much information in too short a space.