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2020 California Journalism Awards Print Public Service Journalism Contest Winners – Dailies: 50,001 & over, Dailies: 15,001-50,000, Dailies: 15,000 & under

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Public Service Journalism Contest Winners

Dailies: 50,001 & over, Dailies: 15,001-50,000, 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: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPublic Service JournalismFirst PlaceThe Fresno BeeFresnoContaminated drinking water in the San Joaquin ValleyThis series of articles could almost define public service journalism: Bad drinking water provision and regulation was put under the microscope, starting with granular detail in one small area and sweeping out to cover a large part of California's central valley. It went after how and why things went wrong and offered practical information and online tools to help readers protect themselves and their community's health.Monica Vaughan, Tim Sheehan, Nathalie Vera, John Walker
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPublic Service JournalismSecond PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoRETURNED -- Part I: Protecting the most vulnerable Part II: Who gets asylum? Part III: Fear of death Part IV: The system is brokenThe flaws and gaps in the United States system for seeking asylum. An excellent, massive report involving on-ground international research and deep database number-crunching, focused heavily on the human experience of the situation. The danger - from many directions - involved in the reporting makes the result the more remarkable, as amid the proliferation of reporting on the asylum system.Kate Morrissey, Nelvin Cepeda, Lauryn Schroeder
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPublic Service JournalismThird PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Private prisons and immigration detention centersHere's a terrific example of serious, important and results-rich investigative reporting, a massive, intensive project from a paper that isn't among the state's top metros. It carefully and with excellent investigative work tracks a series of backroom deals with one of the nation's largest private prison businesses out of the small city of Adelanto, and largely out of public view (until it blew up into a local controversy). Deeply impressive for its writing, organization, depth and perspective. The series notes that Adelanto likes to call itself "The city with unlimited possibilities"; the series nails how those possibilities aren't all good ones, for that city or for others the paper located.Rebecca Plevin
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPublic Service JournalismFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoOur Reckoning With RacismA massive undertaking with many lengthy articles and exhibits, including an essay from its owner and a history of the paper through the lens of racism. Through it all what stuck out most (and they gave it some prominence) was a headline from 1981:
"Marauders From Inner City Prey on L.A's Suburbs."€ It's so highly unusual, strongly positive in many ways but tangled in its mission in some others (there's a pervading sense almost of pleading for forgiveness), that it's hard to compare properly with any of the other submissions.
L.A. Times Staff
Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & underPublic Service JournalismFifth PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis ObispoSubstandard of living series: Tribune investigation: What it's like for SLO County renters stuck in bad housingAnother fine and extensive series on the world as it is for lower-income renters: terrible housing, sky-high prices, little information or recourse. There's also useful reader service information. Much of this isn't really new, but the detail and the bluntness of the presentation certainly puts it in the reader's face, where it belongs.Lindsey Holden, Cassandra Garibay, Laura Dickinson
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