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2020 California Journalism Awards Digital Writing Winners – Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over

2020 California Journalism Awards
Digital Writing Contest Winners

Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over

 

First-place and second-place plaques will be shipped directly to the winning publications in the coming weeks.

Personalized certificates will also be mailed to winners in each category.

A complete list of all California Journalism Award winners will be provided on May 18th.

 

Circ Group(s)Category NameAwardOrganizationCityEntry TitleCommentsCreditsCompetition Comments
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overWritingFirst PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoThe Evidence Burns AwayWith California wildfires getting more intense each year, this story stands out by examining the back story behind one main fire, something that isn't always covered in this much detail in the news. The writing style was reminiscent of a crime novel. The transitions were smooth and the cliffhangers built the suspense.Lizzie JohnsonEach piece showed how immersed the writers were in the stories they pursued. Many clearly took the time to weave interviews from multiple sources together for a compelling narrative.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overWritingSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoImpeachment. Primaries. Kobe. Coronavirus rushed in while our focus was elsewhereWow. A great scope of how the virus became known and how officials realized (or didn't realize) the gravity of the situation early on in the pandemic. The quotes throughout the piece helped capture a historic time.James Rainey, Kiera FeldmanEach piece showed how immersed the writers were in the stories they pursued. Many clearly took the time to weave interviews from multiple sources together for a compelling narrative.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overWritingThird PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoBack from the deadThroughout the article, the writer works through the impact of the tragic mix-up on both sides and helps bring them together by the end.Molly O'TooleEach piece showed how immersed the writers were in the stories they pursued. Many clearly took the time to weave interviews from multiple sources together for a compelling narrative.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overWritingFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoBlankets, canned tuna and faith in God - how fleeing Venezuelans surviveStructuring the story around people during each stop of the journey provided an arc that was understood without having to provide an explanation. Each slice of life had similarities with one another, and together helped give multiple lenses to understand the Venezuelan migration crisis.Andrea CastilloEach piece showed how immersed the writers were in the stories they pursued. Many clearly took the time to weave interviews from multiple sources together for a compelling narrative.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overWritingFifth PlaceKaiser Health NewsSan FranciscoHard Lives Made Harder by Covid: Homeless Endure a 'Slow-Moving Train Wreck'Great diversity in sources and detail into each person's life. The contrast between the governor's commitment to providing housing before the pandemic and a rundown of what has and needs to be done brought everything together.Anna Maria Barry-Jester, Angela HartEach piece showed how immersed the writers were in the stories they pursued. Many clearly took the time to weave interviews from multiple sources together for a compelling narrative.
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