2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Local Government ( Dailies: 15,000 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: When dust blows off the Oceano Dunes, Stanley Fisher can barely breathe
    Entry Credit: Monica Vaughan
    Judge Comment: Compelling and thought-provoking series of high local interest and consequence. Stories show depth and great command of the underlying facts as well as an understanding of the various stakeholder perspectives.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Napa Valley Register
    Entry Title: Napa's Bremer case may have larger winery visitation implications
    Entry Credit: Barry Eberling
    Judge Comment: Engaging combination of explanatory writing and coverage of a hot-button local issue. Writing is clear, authoritative and accessible. Story does a good job of putting the controversy into context.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: What the Carr Fire's speed and volatility taught agencies about communicating
    Entry Credit: David Benda
    Judge Comment: Insightful, thorough reporting on the effects of communication problems in the midst of the fire and the resulting confusion – even among the agencies involved.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: San Gabriel Valley Tribune
    Entry Title: City of Industry charges mayor $700 to rent a 4-bedroom house it remodeled for $450,000
    Entry Credit: Jason Henry
    Judge Comment: Great local watchdog story told in a methodical and engaging way. Well reported and smartly organized.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: Former Paso Robles cop was accused of rape, abuse of power. Sheriff's report reveals details
    Entry Credit: Matt Fountain
    Judge Comment: Careful and comprehensive reporting on an important topic. The story serves as a powerful example of the importance of access to police misconduct records.