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2020 California Journalism Awards Print Land-Use Reporting Contest Winners – Dailies: 15,001 – 50,000

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Land-Use Reporting Contest Winners

Dailies: 15,001 – 50,000


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 TitleCommentsCredits
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Land-Use ReportingFirst PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Will California finally fix the Salton Sea?This series of stories over the course of a year demonstrates deep reporting on the longstanding issue of how to mitigate the environmental hazards of the Salton Sea.Mark Olalde
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Land-Use ReportingSecond PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoThis Madera County community is running out of water - and the only well might failThis reporting on a town dealing with wells drying up raises and explores important land use questions.Monica Vaughan
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Land-Use ReportingThird PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: A tribe considers building a prisonA fascinating exploration of a tribe's idea to build a prison and add water to the Salton Sea. Thoroughly researched.Rebecca Plevin, Amanda Ulrich
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Land-Use ReportingFourth PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaFountaingrove won't be whole for years (Jan. 26, 2020)Will Schmitt
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Land-Use ReportingFifth PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoIndustrial farms leave water wells 'high and dry' despite regulations, Madera residents sayMonica Vaughan