2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

In-Depth Reporting ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Metro Silicon Valley
    Entry Title: CEQA Racket Extracts 11th Hour Payoffs Amidst Housing Crisis
    Entry Credit: Jennifer Wadsworth, Dan Pulcrano, Tom Gogola
    Judge Comment: CEQA is a dry, complex topic that most reporters want nothing to with. Through its digging, extensive reporting and clear but passionate writing, Metro Silicon Valley produced first-rate work.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Sacramento News & Review (SN&R)
    Entry Title: Police use of force videos
    Entry Credit: Raheem Hosseini
    Judge Comment: This to me was also a first place entry. The use of newly released police videos to analyze a problem of police interactions with the public was superb. The writing and reporting were excellent. Another case of important public service.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Monterey County Weekly
    Entry Title: Reporting on justice and child custody
    Entry Credit: Mary Duan
    Judge Comment: This was impressive coverage of heartfelt issues not for the accused but for the children. The writing was excellent, bolstered by the right choice of quotes from court testimony. The testimony of the teacher of one of the slain children was heart-wrenching.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: New Times
    Entry Title: Preserving homes
    Entry Credit: Peter Johnson
    Judge Comment: This was an excellent job of making a complex issue about the potential loss of affordable housing for the elderly and disabled hit home.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Thousand Oaks Acorn
    Entry Title: Borderline Massacre: The Aftermath
    Entry Credit: Dawn Megli-Thuna, Becca Whitnall
    Judge Comment: Too often, the news media lose interest in a story. This was perhaps too big of a story to do that but the Acorn did it in a respectful way to help the community remember but heal.