2020 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Coverage of Youth and Education ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: A generation left behind? Online learning cheats poor students, Times survey finds
    Entry Credit: Julia Barajas, Howard Blume, Paloma Esquivel, Ben Poston
    Judge Comment: Absolutely fantastic reporting and the supportive graphics and photos were well-placed and helped the story's momentum. Loved the interactive form at the end. The piece was necessarily text heavy, but I did have some scroll-fatigue towards the end, and wondered if there was a way this could have been presented as a package (or with colorful sidebars) rather than as a straight one-pager. Overall great work.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: Inexperienced teachers are often sent to low-income schools in Sacramento. Why that matters
    Entry Credit: Sawsan Morrar, Phillip Reese
    Judge Comment: The reporting was wonderful and the graphics were on-point in representing and supplementing the information. I think a snowfall/walled-off presentation would have been much more effective here because unfortunately the inline ads kept interrupting the experience. More photos would help as well, although the video was great. And I loved the "Behind the Story" band, which helped connect the story to your other reporting. This was a deep story, precise and well-reported.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: Class of 2020
    Entry Credit: San Francisco Chronicle Photo Staff
    Judge Comment: A beautiful example of using digital to differentiate from print. Excellent and (very) dynamic layout, beautiful photos and well-produced video, loved the extra touches like the cursor-tip sparkles. This package did incredibly well at presenting us with the students--at the end I did wonder what the "story" was. I think it could have done with some more editorial contextualization. But it was a fantastic more-than-snapshot of these young peoples lives at this time.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Season interrupted
    Entry Credit: Eric Sondheimer, Mark Potts, Eric Himmelsbach-Weinstein, Chris Stone
    Judge Comment: Great package that reflected the scope of the pandemic's affect on the community's young athletes. Very striking splash page, although with so many entries, the grid did feel a bit repetitive with scrolling. Loved the video interviews, perhaps the text accompaniment could have felt less questionnaire-like, since the videos were more casual. Very informative and I liked finding out about so many different athletes in this format. Very well done.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: ‘Historical failure’: Thousands of students being left behind by Sacramento school district
    Entry Credit: Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, Sawsan Morrar
    Judge Comment: Great reporting and the video was solid, I would have liked to see more graphic representation of some of the statistics and innovative ways to bring in your other indepth reporting on this topic other than links in the text. Overall the reporting was very solid on an important community topic.