2020 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

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

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Valley Voice
    Entry Title: Tulare County nursing homes struggle
    Entry Credit: Martin Velasco-Ramos
    Judge Comment: This was clearly not an easy story to report. The number of sources and the kind of details made it very very believable. The follow-up strengthened the case.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: California Health Report
    Entry Title: Kids Who Rely On Ventilators Can’t Get Enough Supplies, Putting Their Lives At Risk
    Entry Credit: Claudia Boyd-Barrett
    Judge Comment: The reporter hit this story early in the pandemic. The level of detail and observations made this story come alive. The best writing of the the submissions.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: ChicoSol
    Entry Title: Butte County Latinos hit hardest by pandemic
    Entry Credit: Leslie Layton
    Judge Comment: A story that had impact: "A Butte County Public Health spokesperson today confirmed that breakdown data will be released monthly beginning this month." The reporter did what the county should have been doing. The follow ups were helpful too.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Capital & Main
    Entry Title: Hand Over Fist: Health Insurers Make a Killing During Contagion
    Entry Credit: Mark Kreidler
    Judge Comment: A very informed and clear explanation of the things insurance companies did to prop up profits.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: India Currents
    Entry Title: Pandemic and Health
    Entry Credit: Ritu Marwah, Meera Kymal, Srishti Prabha, Kanchan Naik
    Judge Comment: Revealed little-known aspects of life in little the Indian-American community. Strong reporting with loads of detail. The third submission in the series, on covid in India, was weak and poorly reported.