2018 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

In-Depth Reporting ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 40,000 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Valley Voice
    Entry Title: Turmoil in Tulare
    Entry Credit: Nancy Vigran, Dave Adalian, Tony Maldonado
    Judge Comment: The Valley Voice provides an excellent example of dogged, hyper-local reporting that demands answers, holds power to account and doesn't give up. The antics of Tulare City Council are riveting, and Valley Voice reporters Nancy Vigran, Dave Adalian and Tony Maldonado were there to capture every twist and turn in the plot. Clearly, Valley Voice is a thorn in the side of the shady operators in town government, exposing backroom dealing and potential corruption. But readers don't have to take the reporters' words for it - by posting a steady stream of public records, Valley Voice allowed its readers to make up their own mind about their town government. And that's what local reporting is all about.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: GV Wire
    Entry Title: Who Runs California
    Entry Credit: Bill McEwen, Drew Phelps, David Taub
    Judge Comment: Using a broad array of public records, some shoe leather and some very slick presentation Bill McEwen, Drew Phelps and David Taub were able to stitch together a portrait of California's influential people and forces, explain how they rig the system and why it matters, all in an easily digestible format. The "baker's dozen of movers, shakers and blockers" is a fine piece on its own, but the writer went the extra mile to add context showing how those influencers use the system to help themselves, not the average Californian. The powers of population map helped put into perspective the whole state and the competing needs of its diverse population. And the presentation, complete with movers and shakers playing cards, was top-notch. A fun and informative read.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: GV Wire
    Entry Title: Battle to Decide California's Education Future
    Entry Credit: Bill McEwen, Nancy Price
    Judge Comment: Nancy Price and Bill McEwen show who's bankrolling the politicians in charge of the state's education system and why. And in the process, they wind up with a sobering assessment of how likely those politicians are to actually create change in a school system that has dropped from one of the best in the US to one of the worst. Whoever wins the political races will face struggles with funding, competition between district and charter schools and negotiations with unions, to name a few challenges. Price and McEwen lay out the facts (with excellent production value) but the candidates leave us wondering if they're up to the challenge of improving California's education system.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Valley Voice
    Entry Title: Tulare Regional Medical Center & HCCA coverage
    Entry Credit: Tony Maldonado
    Judge Comment: None
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Ynez Valley Star
    Entry Title: Childhood Trauma
    Entry Credit: Raiza Giorgi
    Judge Comment: None