2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Local Government ( Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Almanac
    Entry Title: What happened in China?
    Entry Credit: Kate Bradshaw
    Judge Comment: Kate Bradshaw offers strong reporting and sharp writing throughout. A great example of covering local government, namely holding elected officials accountable for their actions and raising questions about their policies and practices. These stories also led the City Council to take action.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: North Coast Journal
    Entry Title: Arcata's McKinley Statue
    Entry Credit: Kimberly Wear
    Judge Comment: Kimberly Wear brings great voice to this series of stories about the controversy an old statue of a former president brought to Arcata, California. Wear brings the reader into contentious City Council meetings. Vivid quotes from residents coupled with details about the challenges confronting local officials made the series compelling.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Pleasanton Weekly
    Entry Title: Series on Chabad Center for Jewish Life
    Entry Credit: Jeb Bing, Jeremy Walsh
    Judge Comment: Jeb Bing took what could have been a basic zoning dispute and really explored it from all angles as he asked some pertinent questions surrounding religious liberties, planning department actions, and community attitudes. All sides in this fight are well represented in his stories.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Mountain View Voice
    Entry Title: Council rejects restrictions on RV campers
    Entry Credit: Mark Noack
    Judge Comment: How to deal with homelessness is a common story in Silicon Valley. This piece did an excellent job of exploring one response -- letting homeless people in cars use a church's lot. The city government impact is a secondary angle, but is explored toward the end.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Maria Sun
    Entry Title: Burning up
    Entry Credit: Camillia Lanham
    Judge Comment: None