To protect and serve the common interests of its newsmedia members, to help members inform and thereby strengthen their communities, and to foster the highest ideals, ethics and traditions of journalism, a free press and the news profession.
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 Name||Award||Organization||City||Entry Title||Comments||Credits|
|Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & under||Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature Stories||First Place||California Health Report||Alternatives to Calling the Police for Domestic Violence Survivors||California Health Report takes on a complex and sensitive subject with evocative reporting and an emphasis on solutions. Bolstering statistical analysis with the thoughtful voices of frontline community activists, the story makes a compelling case for rethinking our response to domestic violence.||Claudia Boyd-Barrett|
|Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & under||Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature Stories||Second Place||San Clemente Times||Capistrano Beach||Surfers Paddle Out for Floyd; Calls to Defund Police Met with Opposing Voices from Local Officials||This San Clemente Times entry is a terrific example of public service journalism at the community level. Coming off the roiling debates in the wake of George Floyd's death, the story informs the local dialogue by engaging community leaders in a fact-based accounting of local police practices, use-of-force data and city and county budget allocations.||Shawn Raymundo|
|Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & under||Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature Stories||Third Place||Valley Voice||Lemon Cove||Visalia Unified School District and Black Lives Matter||In a riveting series of stories, the Valley Voice chronicles a tense, weeks-long standoff between local high school students and district officials that begins with a controversy over Black Lives Matter signs but soon exposes far deeper community rifts centered on race, gender and power. The reporters, via detailed daily dispatches, help inform the discussion by giving unfiltered voice to a broad array of community members.||Martin Velasco-Ramos, Tony Maldonado|
|Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & under||Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature Stories||Fourth Place||California Health Report||How Families Are Fighting Racism and Disability Discrimination||A well-documented accounting of ongoing racial disparities in California services for children living with disabilities. The voices and visuals of community members pushing for change make for a compelling package.||Claudia Boyd-Barrett|
|Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & under||Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature Stories||Fifth Place||Capital & Main||Los Angeles||Minneapolis Confidential: It's Not Just the Cop, It's the Culture||This first-person column puts a personal spin on the heated debates over allegations of institutional racism in the Minneapolis Police Department. Tracing a decades-long history of the department's interactions with Black residents, the author raises provocative questions about what it would take for real reform to take hold.||Judith Lewis Mernit|