2018 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Coverage of Local Government ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 200,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 40,001 - 200,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: CALmatters
    Entry Title: Jason Kinney and legal weed
    Entry Credit: Laurel Rosenhall, Shawn Hubler, Vicki Haddock
    Judge Comment: In “Jason Kinney and Legal Weed,” reporter Laurel Rosenhall shines a bright light on the highly lucrative revolving door through which the ethically compromised Kinney has gone many times during his career as an advisor to powerful politicians and as a lobbyist. This is a powerful piece of journalism that vitally serves the public interest in two ways: explaining Kinney’s cozy relationship to California’s new governor and how relatively unknown people exert great influence behind the scenes. The “politics & pot” graphic succinctly captures the ties linking Kinney, Gavin Newsom and the cannabis industry.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: CALmatters
    Entry Title: Local school bond inequities
    Entry Credit: Ricardo Cano, Shawn Hubler, Vicki Haddock
    Judge Comment: Ricado Cano’s “With California’s School Bonds, the Rich Get Richer and the Poor, not so Much” uses data to document the financial challenges facing small and rural public-school districts in their quest to provide safe, clean, modern facilities for teachers and students. The story is reader friendly because it isn’t drowning in numbers and Cano effectively mixes in interviews with officials trying to get new facilities built. The graphics accompanying the story allow readers to see how their district compares to others.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: CALmatters
    Entry Title: Teacher pension debt swamps school budgets
    Entry Credit: Jessica Calefati , Vicki Haddock , David Lesher
    Judge Comment: Jessica Calefati’s “California Teacher Pension Debt Swamps School Budgets” documents why a looming pension crisis will force many California school districts to cut programs, increase class sizes and even lay off teachers. More impressively, she reported and organized the story in a way that was easy for readers to digest.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Salinas Californian
    Entry Title: Waste deep
    Entry Credit: Kate Cimini
    Judge Comment: Kate Cimini overcame the stonewalling of local officials to explain how a homeless man narrowly escaped injury after he apparently was loaded into a trash truck during a clean-up of Chinatown encampments and dumped at transfer station. The videos accompanying the story increased reader understanding of what happened.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Long Beach Post
    Entry Title: Southeast Long Beach land swap could net more wetlands — and more greenhouse gases
    Entry Credit: Jason Ruiz
    Judge Comment: Jason Ruiz served his readers well by taking a complicated story about a land swap involving the potential expansion of an oil production facility and explaining the impacts both good and bad.