2020 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Breaking News ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Kobe Bryant, daughter among 9 dead in helicopter crash in Calabasas
    Entry Credit: L.A. Times Staff
    Judge Comment: You really can't beat what a publication with the resources and talented staff of the LA Times can do on a breaking story like this. Great up-to-the-minute updates. Great follow up. Great reporting on what went wrong. Pretty much the definition of how a breaking story should be covered today.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: California's Wildfire Siege
    Entry Credit: San Francisco Chronicle Staff
    Judge Comment: Good public information, and the reporting by Sarah Ravani and Megan Cassidy was particularly good.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: Live updates covering the first 24 hours of the Glass and Shady fires in Sonoma and Napa Counties September 27 and 28
    Entry Credit: Bill Swindell, Tyler Silvy, Martin Espinoza, Julie Johnson, Kent Porter
    Judge Comment: What people want to know in an emergency like this is where the fire is, where to go for safety, and what's happening. Great work providing that info.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: 71 infected with coronavirus at Sacramento church. Congregation tells county ‘leave us alone’
    Entry Credit: Tony Bizjak, Sam Sam, Michael McGough, Dale Kasler
    Judge Comment: This is a fascinating story on a topic that often gets only limited coverage -- how churches were dealing with the early days of COVID. Nice work.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Mercury News/East Bay Times
    Entry Title: BLM protests come to San Jose
    Entry Credit: Bay Area News Group
    Judge Comment: Pretty classic coverage of demonstrations and the police response. But I didn't see much context -- violence against Black people has been so prevalent in our society that a little property damage in protest might not be proportional.