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

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Land-Use Reporting Contest Winners

Dailies: 15,000 & under


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: 15,000 & underLand-Use ReportingFirst PlaceDaily PressVictorvilleAs Joshua trees are considered for threatened status, some warn cost of designation would be too highStrong lede and a measured balance between environmental concerns and real-world impacts on future development. Also establishes the way the political winds are blowing.Martin Estacio
Dailies: 15,000 & underLand-Use ReportingSecond PlaceSanta Monica Daily PressSanta MonicaTenants face mold, flooding, broken locks, and break-ins in rent-controlled unitVivid descriptions of poor living conditions, painting a clear picture of desperate tenants and a complacent landlord.Clara Harter
Dailies: 15,000 & underLand-Use ReportingThird PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelMarin land trust eyed over financial, ethical movesStory provides a clear explanation of failed oversight and accountability involving taxpayer money. It also holds the correct people to account, and explores whether this is a recurring problem.Richard Halstead
Dailies: 15,000 & underLand-Use ReportingFourth PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaMeasure J: Protecting Napa agriculture for the past 30 yearsStrong historical perspective on an old law that significantly affects the housing crisis of today.Barry Eberling
Dailies: 15,000 & underLand-Use ReportingFifth PlaceMarin Independent JournalSan RafaelMarin historians aim to document every local dairy everA fun feature story on a niche topic. Story structure has some problems, and there is an overrliance on wordy quotes.Richard Halstead