2020 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature Stories ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: California Health Report
    Entry Title: Alternatives to Calling the Police for Domestic Violence Survivors
    Entry Credit: Claudia Boyd-Barrett
    Judge Comment: California Health Report takes on a complex and sensitive subject with evocative reporting and an emphasis on solutions. Bolstering statistical analysis with the thoughtful voices of frontline community activists, the story makes a compelling case for rethinking our response to domestic violence.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: San Clemente Times
    Entry Title: Surfers Paddle Out for Floyd; Calls to Defund Police Met with Opposing Voices from Local Officials
    Entry Credit: Shawn Raymundo
    Judge Comment: This San Clemente Times entry is a terrific example of public service journalism at the community level. Coming off the roiling debates in the wake of George Floyd's death, the story informs the local dialogue by engaging community leaders in a fact-based accounting of local police practices, use-of-force data and city and county budget allocations.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Valley Voice
    Entry Title: Visalia Unified School District and Black Lives Matter
    Entry Credit: Martin Velasco-Ramos, Tony Maldonado
    Judge Comment: In a riveting series of stories, the Valley Voice chronicles a tense, weeks-long standoff between local high school students and district officials that begins with a controversy over Black Lives Matter signs but soon exposes far deeper community rifts centered on race, gender and power. The reporters, via detailed daily dispatches, help inform the discussion by giving unfiltered voice to a broad array of community members.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: California Health Report
    Entry Title: How Families Are Fighting Racism and Disability Discrimination
    Entry Credit: Claudia Boyd-Barrett
    Judge Comment: A well-documented accounting of ongoing racial disparities in California services for children living with disabilities. The voices and visuals of community members pushing for change make for a compelling package.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Capital & Main
    Entry Title: Minneapolis Confidential: It’s Not Just the Cop, It’s the Culture
    Entry Credit: Judith Lewis Mernit
    Judge Comment: This first-person column puts a personal spin on the heated debates over allegations of institutional racism in the Minneapolis Police Department. Tracing a decades-long history of the department's interactions with Black residents, the author raises provocative questions about what it would take for real reform to take hold.