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California Journalism Awards Print Coverage of Local Government Winners – Weeklies: 25,001 & over

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Coverage of Local Government Winners

Weeklies: 25,001 & over


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
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of Local GovernmentFirst PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseSan Jose Quietly Drops Curfew Citations Amid Claims of Selective EnforcementFantastic 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 & overCoverage of Local GovernmentSecond PlaceGood TimesSanta CruzBlue ShiftLoved 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 & overCoverage of Local GovernmentThird PlaceMonterey County WeeklySeasideRevealing a right-wing extremist in the Pacific Grove Police DepartmentGreat 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 & overCoverage of Local GovernmentFourth PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseValley Palms Landlord Agrees to Tenant Demands in Exchange for Tax-Free FinancingEnjoyed this look at a local government sticking up for regular folks and using its power to leverage improvements.Jennifer Wadsworth
Weeklies: 25,001 & overCoverage of Local GovernmentFifth PlaceMetro Silicon ValleySan JoseSouth Bay Letter Carriers Say Mail Problems Linked to USPS Cost-Cutting ExperimentNice 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