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|
|Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000||In-Depth Reporting||First Place||The Desert Sun||Palm Springs||Desert Sun: A small tribe considers building a big prison||This story brought to life two years of secret negotiations and within weeks killed a $2 billion project to build a super-prison on remote Native American lands. Advocates said the prison would restore the drying Salton Sea, but as the story reported: "Experts also told The Desert Sun that one of the tribeâs main claims â that the project would help restore the Salton Sea â didnât hold water." The plan had been to pump water from an underground aquifer to the prison, and then treat it and send it back to Salton, a plan also pooh-poohed by experts interviewed by this journalistic team. Great use of California's Open Records Act.||Rebecca Plevin, Amanda Ulrich, Mark Olalde|
|Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000||In-Depth Reporting||Second Place||The Desert Sun||Palm Springs||Desert Sun: COVID-19's effects in Riverside County correctional facilities||Comprehensive look at an invisible population and how the pandemic had ravaged jails. The story raised questions about whether during a pandemic it's ethical or legal to jail people who are not yet convicted.||Christopher Damien,|
|Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000||In-Depth Reporting||Third Place||The Modesto Bee||Modesto||A tragic end to a tragic life: Sex trafficking victim dies after defendant sentenced||A heartrending account of a lifelong abuse victim who accidentally overdosed before learning of her abuser's legal disposition.||Erin Tracy|
|Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000||In-Depth Reporting||Fourth Place||The Modesto Bee||Modesto||Modesto-area companies got millions in taxpayer coronavirus aid. Who got the most?||A detailed look at which companies were profiting off taxpayer dollars awarded during the pandemic. Among the recipients was the Los Angeles Lakers. The graphic was excellent in showing who got what and how many jobs were spared.||Marijke Rowland, Kristina Karisch|
|Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000||In-Depth Reporting||Fifth Place||The Press Democrat||Santa Rosa||Press Democrat coverage of Sonoma County homeless crisis in 2020||This massive collection of stories showcased shortfalls in government efforts to address Sonoma County's largest homeless crisis ever and uneven results of those eventual efforts.||Press Democrat staff|