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JOE — California Journalism Awards Print Local Coverage of Election 2020 Winners – Dailies: 15,001 – 50,000

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Local Coverage of Election 2020 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 - 50,000Local Coverage of Election 2020First PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaSMART's future on line over divisive tax renewal (Feb. 16, 2020)Just a superb news package all around. The history of the rail system is thorough but not boring to read, and all contemporary developments are told in a sensible narrative that flows seamlessly. Photos do well to enhance a compelling story.Kevin Fixler
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Local Coverage of Election 2020Second PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Chad Mayes quit the GOP. Can he win without it?I think the writers here did an excellent job capitalizing on a relatively odd development that nevertheless had a national angle. They also took advantage of the chance to thoughtfully analyze politics beyond the party line. I was compelled to see how Hayes fared in November.Sam Metz, Mark Olalde
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Local Coverage of Election 2020Third PlaceThe Press-EnterpriseRiversideWho's knocking on my door? Coronavirus changes Inland candidates' campaign tacticsThis did a really nice job of illustrating a part of campaigning we don't often read about, made all the more interesting by the pandemic. The writer did a nice job of diversifying sources here.Jeff Horseman
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Local Coverage of Election 2020Fourth PlaceDaily BreezeEl SegundoWest Basin water board incumbent Don Dear faces questions of electioneeringThis might be one of the oddest political stories I've read in a while, and I appreciated the almost whimsical tone it was written with. These are awkward stories to write, so it reflects well on the writer that he got the sources he did.David Rosenfeld
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Local Coverage of Election 2020Fifth PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoGOP candidate says he lives in Turlock. Opponent and some neighbors say something elseIt was clear that a lot of work went into both researching for this story and in presenting it in an easy-to-read fashion. Kudos as well to the reporter for persevering and getting the sources he did.Kevin Valine
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