News, single story, any medium
In this Al Jazeera America piece, Bacon’s word and photos show the rock-bottom wages and dilapidated housing that lead migrant workers to strike at Sakuma Brothers — and the flawed immigration policy that allowed the Washington berry farm to bring in a new group of guest workers shortly afterward.
With the U.S. wars of the last decade fading from the awareness of many American’, E.B. Boyd’s Lead or Die details the work and strategies that will ultimately determine if those conflicts will be successful. This report is well written and relies on extensive interviews in a distant land. It tells the story of a soldier who departs from the manual, to develop an effective military unit of Afghan soldiers. Boyd’s report goes beyond the military press briefing to the people and place where the real events are taking place.
News, In-Depth/ Explanatory
In this Christian Science Monitor cover story, McIntyre examines this history of U.S. immigration policy and the long-term effects of past amnesty programs on immigrant families – including a migrant farmworker family that has since sent all seven of their children to college.
2nd Place: “Surveillance” series, Ali Winston, Center for Investigative Reporting
1st Place: Package of five columns, Joel Engardo, San Francisco Examiner
The writer takes on offbeat but important stories about life in San Francisco, and tells them with wit, style and skill
2nd place: Package of five columns, Jonathan Curiel, SF Weekly
3rd place: Package of five columns, Michael Singman-Aste, Alameda magazine
1st Place: “Trader Joe’s: an Empire in Search of a Pirate,” Patricia Yollin, San Francisco Chronicle
Timely, well written and most of all, surprising. The story of a man who buys huge quantities of goods from Trader Joes and then resells it — at a profit — in Canada. It’s the kind of story that people talk about over the breakfast table.
2nd Place: “U.S. Veterans’ Plight at the Border,” Laura Waxmann
1st Place: “Deported Warriors,” Erin Siegal McIntyre and Luis Alberto Urrea (not available online), Playboy magazine
Who knew there’s a sizable cadre of US service people who never became citizens and are stuck on the Mexican side of the border? Vivid, but controlled, writing, great photograph and a compelling story make this piece a winner. Well done!
2nd place: “Out of the Closet, into Exile,” Shuka Kalantari, TakePart.com
1st Place: “Lawrence,” Alice Elizabeth Rogoff, Poetrymagazine.com
2nd Place: “The Village of Mad, Hungary,” Alice Elizabeth Rogoff, Poetrymagazine.com
1st Place: “We Don’t Belong,” Erin Siegel Mcintyre, Symbolia magazine
This graphic novel-style storytelling device draws you into someone’s life that would have been hard to access and show otherwise. Top-notch.
2nd Place: A four-part entry of editorial cartoons on government dysfunction and the government shutdown. Steve Greenberg, Ventura County Reporter.
3rd Place: “Jean Franco is Frida Kahlo,” a photo montage showing one actor in two roles. Mabel Jimenez, El Tecolote
1st Place: “And Still WBA champion of the world! Andre Ward outclasses Edwin Rodriguez,” Malaika Kambon, San Francisco Bay View Reporter
This photographer has an obvious affinity for the world of boxing. Two images made this story stand out: one was the lead image of the decisive moment, a man beating another man’s skull as sweat flew into the air, and the other was intimate moment of Andre Ward with a look of desperation, recuperating in his corner.
1st Place: Erin Siegel McIntyre, “Tent City of Deportees,” Al Jazeera America
Erin’s pictures gave a window into a scene most of us haven’t seen before. She obviously put in time getting to know her subjects and help them feel comfortable, which produced a range of images that furthered the story.
2nd Place: Indigenous peoples’ day at Alcatraz (part of a slide show), Mabel Jimenez, El Tecolote
1st Place: “AlanBlueford,” Malaika Kambon, San Francisco Bay View Newspaper
It was a nice intimate moment that connected with the grieving family. I would have loved to see the release of the bird and also the reaction of the subjects. The entry should have been captioned in the IPTC field.
1st Place: “If it Swings: An Asian-American Jazzman’s Pioneering Career,“ Heidi Chang, NPR
A compelling piece that tells an important, but to some, little known story — the role of Asian Americans in Jazz. It is produced beautifully and skillfully, combining music, interviews and narration. It was an easy choice for the judges.
An interesting, out of the box approach to telling a complex story that would otherwise only show pictures of smokestacks. “Save money, save the planet,” published by the SF Public Press, includes a board game, audio piece, and story on California Cap and Trade.
1st Place: “Biblical Psedo-Archaeologists Pillaging the West Bank,” Dylan Bergeson, The Atlantic
2nd Place: “Welcome to Creation, the Christian Music Fest where the Flock Rocks,” Alana Levinson and Aaron Mendelson, Mother Jones
1st Place: “An Equation to Predict Crime,” Aaron Mendelson, PRX
2nd place: “Young Immigration Activist Struggles to Balance Courage with Fear,” Jasmin Mara Lopez, the California Report, KQED
3rd place: “Should Steelworkers get paid to get dressed?” Aaron Mendelson, Marketplace