2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Local Government ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: Press Democrat coverage of government response to 2017 wildfires
    Entry Credit: JD Morris, Julie Johnson, Kevin McCallum
    Judge Comment: Thorough, in-depth reporting and persistence are evident in each of these stories. Thanks to these pieces community members got some answers to crucial questions that some officials weren’t ready to provide yet. A good example of serving readers and holding their elected and appointed leaders accountable. I also liked how each story told a different person's experience, showing the human toll of some of the decisions leaders made.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Modesto Bee
    Entry Title: Council turmoil over Modesto's city auditor
    Entry Credit: Rosalio Ahumada, Ken Carlson, Kevin Valine
    Judge Comment: Important coverage of some questionable actions by city officials. It’s important to help readers realize the red flags in local government decisions, especially when a person in a watchdog role is forced out.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Bakersfield Californian
    Entry Title: A power struggle: Supervisors, MALDEF grapple with district lines
    Entry Credit: James Burger
    Judge Comment: Timely, consistent coverage of this court case and subsequent settlement spell out to readers and voters the potential and real changes in their political landscape. This clear, engaging analysis surely proved valuable to readers as the went to the polls.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Bakersfield Californian
    Entry Title: Massage parlors or modern-day brothels? As businesses proliferate, agencies aim to thwart prosecution and root out human trafficking
    Entry Credit: Elizabeth Sanchez, Harold Pierce
    Judge Comment: Good detailed view into the effort to crack down on crooked massage parlors. Showed how many there were and the limitations to those investigations. I was surprised at the age of the arrested person in the six parlors that were closed.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Marin Independent Journal
    Entry Title: Tensions rise in boat crackdown
    Entry Credit: Matthew Pera
    Judge Comment: Story does a good job of explaining all views on the issues of a controversial floating community. I got a strong sense of the people who live there, the people who want to remove them, and why. Story told all sides without picking sides.