2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Local Government ( Weeklies: 4,300 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Lompoc Record
    Entry Title: Trying to survive: Lompoc homeless struggle with riverbed cleanup
    Entry Credit: Willis Jacobson
    Judge Comment: Really good reporting humanizes the issue as well as reports the government/law enforcement perspective. Well-written and nicely framed. Photos support the story but appear to have been left CMYK and aren't toned for viewing online in pdf. Video is rough but effective.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: Belvedere-Tiburon Library expansion
    Entry Credit: Deirdre McCrohan, Kevin Hessel, Matthew Hose
    Judge Comment: Dogged reporting that proves why every community, no matter how small, needs an independent newspaper. Was hoping to see photos of current library. Nine stories in before there was art -- two renderings and finally an event photo to cap off the coverage.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: Tiburon Ridge subdivision
    Entry Credit: Deirdre McCrohan, Matthew Hose
    Judge Comment: Good, solid reporting on land use -- not sexy but important. Would give it 7.5. Only art is photos in story #8. Straightforward, well-done, not very exciting. No graphics or maps, which would have been nice.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Calistoga Tribune
    Entry Title: Napa County Fairgrounds
    Entry Credit: Kimberly Beltran
    Judge Comment: Competent accounting of back-and-forth among government entities over fate of fairgrounds. Fails to give enough of a sense of what's at stake for the community, and only touches briefly on community sentiment. Some photos, but could have used a map of the grounds, especially in last story on sale of half the property.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Glendale News-Press
    Entry Title: 'They want to be seen and heard': Volunteers help track Glendale's homeless in annual count
    Entry Credit: Andy Nguyen
    Judge Comment: Compelling story, concisely written. Nice photo gallery supports story, but captions need improvement. Not a lot of depth or context offered, especially when compared to top entries in this category.