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|
|Weeklies: 25,001 & over||Coverage of Local Government||First Place||Metro Silicon Valley||San Jose||San Jose Quietly Drops Curfew Citations Amid Claims of Selective Enforcement||Fantastic look at San Jose's inconsistent, hasty and ill-conceived curfew during last spring's protests. I did think the mayor anecdote might have worked better with a briefer mention in the story and the bulk of the material broken out of a sidebar, but the reporting was rock-solid. I wish every city who arrested people for curfew violations had an outlet that had done this story.||Jennifer Wadsworth|
|Weeklies: 25,001 & over||Coverage of Local Government||Second Place||Good Times||Santa Cruz||Blue Shift||Loved this dive into predictive policing and also the balance you provided showing PredPol's efforts to avoid the "doom spiral" of arrests of disproportionate numbers of Black and brown people via officer-initiated actions. A fascinating read.||Jacob Pierce|
|Weeklies: 25,001 & over||Coverage of Local Government||Third Place||Monterey County Weekly||Seaside||Revealing a right-wing extremist in the Pacific Grove Police Department||Great legwork here diving into this officer's horrible viewpoints and the end result is he's no longer allowed to carry a gun and badge in your community. Well done.||Mary Duan, Pam Marino|
|Weeklies: 25,001 & over||Coverage of Local Government||Fourth Place||Metro Silicon Valley||San Jose||Valley Palms Landlord Agrees to Tenant Demands in Exchange for Tax-Free Financing||Enjoyed this look at a local government sticking up for regular folks and using its power to leverage improvements.||Jennifer Wadsworth|
|Weeklies: 25,001 & over||Coverage of Local Government||Fifth Place||Metro Silicon Valley||San Jose||South Bay Letter Carriers Say Mail Problems Linked to USPS Cost-Cutting Experiment||Nice work chronicling a local story that also became a national story in 2020. Puncturing a big bureaucracy like the USPS can be challenging, but the story delivers the goods.||Jennifer Wadsworth|