2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Investigative Reporting ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Sun
    Entry Title: The Desert Sun: Prosecution Fees
    Entry Credit: Brett Kelman, Evan Wyloge, Sam Metz
    Judge Comment: This was in-depth investigative work, illustrated well through multiple examples. And, it brought about change, which is the best outcome. The writing was compelling, the digging was dogged. Good work!
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Sun
    Entry Title: The Desert Sun: Sheriff's Department Cheating Scandal
    Entry Credit: Brett Kelman
    Judge Comment: Excellent job of digging in to a hidden story and discussing the ramifications. Finding so many sources and examples shows the reporter knows his stuff. Very thorough and organized.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Bakersfield Californian
    Entry Title: Special report: Red-light camera citations tripled in the last 10 years, city maintains program saves lives
    Entry Credit: Sam Morgen
    Judge Comment: he reporting and digging required in this story stands out. The writing is very clear and flows. This required dogged determination, the ability to wade through data from various sources and connect the pieces.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Modesto Bee
    Entry Title: Modesto youth pastors accused of sexually abusing teens
    Entry Credit: Garth Stapley
    Judge Comment: Extensive, deep reporting on a crime against children. These events are thoroughly documented and written well. The videos are shocking in their content and totally told from the victims' perspective.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: Reporting on Rohnert Park Public Safety Department
    Entry Credit: Julie Johnson
    Judge Comment: Well done.