Kelly DessoyeFocus JournalismJudges Comments
Beautifully shot footage, solid interviews with interesting characters, great edit, and a unique angle on an important topic. Nice work! Great main character. Beautifully shot and color corrected, but slo-motion was overused. Needs scenes with sound ups to move the story. The main idea hits at 3:15, should have come in a lot sooner. But overall, a well told, beautiful piece about a newsworthy issue.
Lola GomezThe Dallas Morning NewsJudges Comments
Very well done piece about an important topic. Great visuals, solid edit, interesting and powerful interviews from both sides of the issue, and a good balance between the emotional and informational content. Very interesting POV on a highly fraught debate over immigration. At times it was difficult to identify the main idea and narrative arc in this piece. However, kudos getting access to a sensitive issue.
Loren Holmes Anchorage Daily NewsJudges Comments
Fascinating piece with some really beautiful footage. It left me wanting to know more! Great story, beautiful drone and camera work. Nicely edited. The lav mic needed a wind screen - the VO was a little noisy. Good journalism, but leaves the main question unanswered.
Judges: Zach Putnam/Zach Putnam Productions, Kate McMahon/Kate McMahon Productions