2020 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health Reporting ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Kaiser Health News
    Entry Title: Holding California Accountable for its Covid Response
    Entry Credit: Anna Maria Barry-Jester, Angela Hart, Jenny Gold, Rachel Bluth, Rachana Pradhan
    Judge Comment: Kaiser Health News has long been one of the best sources for understanding health news in California, but they became indispensable during the COVID-19 pandemic. No one else is covering California-specific pandemic news in such detail.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: California’s rural hospitals can’t handle a coronavirus wave. ‘People will die,’ doctor warns
    Entry Credit: Ryan Sabalow, Jason Pohl , Sophia Bollag
    Judge Comment: The Sac Bee is the one of the only publications covering the Central Valley's rural communities in such detail. These are important stories, well told.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: California gave $139 million ventilator contract to medical supply firm once raided by FBI
    Entry Credit: Ryan Sabalow, Jason Pohl, Dale Kasler
    Judge Comment: As a Sacramento journalist, the Sacramento Bee's coverage has been indispensable to my understanding of the pandemic and the way I write about it. It's great to have this publication in town.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: How a rush to reopen drove Los Angeles County into a health crisis
    Entry Credit: Sandhya Kambhampati, Soumya Karlamangla, Jaclyn Cosgrove, Maloy Moore, Priya Krishnakumar
    Judge Comment: As a journalist, I've spent a lot of time trying to look back in the record to try to remember the timeline of how everything happened. LA Times' graphic narrative charting the timeline is a useful tool.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: Here are the California nursing homes with infection-control violations, and why that matters
    Entry Credit: Jason Pohl, Michael Finch II
    Judge Comment: This is an important story and written well. In the context of the digital presentation, however, I find it confusing that Sac Bee stories are headed with videos that have only a tangential connection to the story on the page.