Congrats to our Journalism Open 2013 winners

Well, that’s a wrap – congrats to all of the winners and entrants who submitted to our Journalism Open 2013. We had 76 written submissions this year and 114 photo submissions, and it wasn’t an easy job to narrow either of those categories down.

But somehow we all managed. Myself and editor Jared Goyette narrowed down the top 12 articles which were then tallied by our panel of guest judges. Photos were judged by myself and Goyette. You can find a complete list of judging criteria here.

Our $400 People’s Choice Award was a close race between Stephania Erkenbrecher’s article on Verge Center for the Arts and Ron Mullins’ piece on medical cannabis. I spent much time calling around to verify votes, and it is with the utmost of confidence that we honored Ron Mullins for his thoughtful article, The state of medical cannabis in the city of Sacramento.

First place went to Seth Sandronsky’s Private money and public schools, an in-depth discussion on “the power of corporate-funded philanthropy to shape public policy.”

Second place went to Stephania Erkenbrecher for her very in depth and personalized spotlight on Verge Center for the Arts.

Third place went to Nick Hunte for After school program gives kids a chance to live a healthy future, which focused on Amber Scott and California Food Literacy Center’s work at Aspire Capitol Heights Academy in Oak Park.

Best Interview went to Patricia Willers for her interviews with The Davis Beer Shoppe’s Taylor Ramos and Capitol Beer and Tap Room’s Ken Hotchkiss for her article The finest of beer proprietors.

Most original story idea went to Talecia Bell for her spotlight, Precious cargo – snapshots of the light rail culture, which highlighted our diverse community of transit riders.

Most civic-minded went to Mary Beth Barber for her op-ed Teachers versus The Guns, an analysis of CalSTERS investments in gun manufacturers.

First place photo went to Kati Garner for her collaboration with Mary Nares in Dancing the dream, about the Dancing in the River City same-sex ballroom dance competition. Kati caught an amazing shot that truly evokes the passion of dance.

Second place photo went to our resident music photog Steven Chea for an amazing shot of Muse’s Jan. 29 show at Sleep Train Arena. You can see more of his photos as well as read Heather Dender’s review of the show here

Third place photo went to Amy Scott for another great concert shot, this one of Tremor Low’s Jan. 10 performance at Townhouse.

A big thank you to everyone who came out to Chops Steakhouse on Tues. Feb. 12 to celebrate this year’s open with us. It was great to meet and shake hands with everyone whom we know so well as email addresses and usernames. Congratulations to all of this year’s entrants who kicked off 2013 hyperlocal style by sharing their local news stories. We couldn’t do what we do without you.

Editor’s Note: The second place photo prize was originally awarded to a photo that was deemed ineligible upon further inspection. The issue has since been taken care of, and I apologize for the oversight.  

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