2018 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

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  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Long Beach Post
    Entry Title: David Rosa stories: Police suspect elderly man set blaze before shooting firefighters in Long Beach, LBPD says
    Entry Credit: All Staff
    Judge Comment: The Long Beach Post’s team reporting and commentary on the shooting death of a veteran firefighter responding to a blaze and its multiple follow-up stories are an example of “flood the zone” coverage at its best. The stories provide the answers to questions that readers surely were asking and skillfully blended hard-nosed reporting with thoughtful and often-times poignant observations from the victim’s families. Tracking down the suspect’s older brother and reporting his comments added important context to the telling of this tragedy.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: CALmatters
    Entry Title: General election night 2018
    Entry Credit: CALmatters Team, Dan Morain, Laurel Rosenhall, Ben Christopher
    Judge Comment: CALmatters’ impressive wall-to-wall coverage of the statewide general election reflected well-thought-out planning and the team’s deep knowledge of the candidates and the issues. The standout piece in this superb package analyzed the big issues awaiting the governor-elect.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Record
    Entry Title: Alex Spanos obituary
    Entry Credit: Roger Phillips, Michael Fitzgerald, Donald Blount
    Judge Comment: The Recorder’s team report on the death of Alex Spanos incorporated attention-grabbing visuals, detailed reporting and compelling commentary. It was a revealing and fitting tribute to a man who gave much to the Stockton community while becoming one of America’s richest men.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Long Beach Post
    Entry Title: Series of three stories on Jose Raul Corrales' killing in West Long Beach
    Entry Credit: Valerie Osier, Jeremiah Dobruck
    Judge Comment: The follow-up story based on court documents revealing the high tensions at Cabrillo High School before the drive-by killing of Jose Raul Corrales is the top story in this package. Reporters Jeremiah Dobruk and Valerie Osier used those documents to corroborate an anonymous tip and produce a story of vital importance to readers,
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Recorder
    Entry Title: Waymo-Uber coverage
    Entry Credit: Ben Hancock, Ross Todd, Caroline Spiezio
    Judge Comment: A fine example of daily courtroom coverage, which is rarely seen these days on trial of great interest to the technology and legal communities.