2020 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health Reporting ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Long Beach Post
    Entry Title: Data and Demographics: A series on the socioeconomic disparities of COVID
    Entry Credit: Kelly Puente, Sebastian Echeverry, Valerie Osier, Alena Maschke
    Judge Comment: The Long Beach Post provides an important public service, going behind the daily Covid-19 case counts to help readers understand the "why" behind the demographic trends. An outstanding example of why local news matters.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Long Beach Post
    Entry Title: Institutional Impacts: A COVID health reporting series inside Long Beach hospitals
    Entry Credit: Melissa Evans, Kelly Puente, Valerie Osier, Jeremiah Dobruck, Brandon Richardson
    Judge Comment: With keen-eyed reporting and vivid writing, the Long Beach Post takes readers inside area hospitals as Covid-19 makes its third deadly surge. A high-energy effort that helps readers experience the pandemic's mounting toll on front-line hospital workers.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Mountain View Voice
    Entry Title: Months into the pandemic, Santa Clara County's hospitals are still falling short on COVID-19 testing
    Entry Credit: Kevin Forestieri
    Judge Comment: Applause for this bold example of local accountability journalism. With solid, even-handed reporting, the Mountain View Voice brings to light troubling allegations that health care giants Kaiser Permanente and Sutter are not shouldering their share of the pandemic testing burden.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Turlock Journal
    Entry Title: Covid-19 Discussion: Dr. Juris Grasis & Dr. Jenny Howell
    Entry Credit: Frankie Tovar, Angelina Martin
    Judge Comment: An exemplary effort to counter the fear and misinformation that clouded the early spread of Covid-19. Via a well-scripted question-and-answer session with two articulate experts, the Turlock Journal breaks down a complex subject with digestible clarity. A refreshingly simple approach to good public service journalism.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Voice of OC
    Entry Title: Homeless Deaths Are Spiking in Orange County
    Entry Credit: Nick Gerda
    Judge Comment: The Voice of OC uncovers an alarming spike in area homeless deaths, and in dogged pursuit of the "why" exposes a troubling lack of tracking and awareness among local officials. An important example of local accountability journalism.