2020 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Enterprise News Story or Series ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: Delta on the Edge
    Entry Credit: Kurtis Alexander, Carlos Avila Gonzalez, Santiago Mejia
    Judge Comment: This story makes the most of the digital medium, with stunning photos and video, informative graphics and vivid writing that captures a world and way of life far removed - and threatened - by climate change, development pressures and the thirst of millions of people in the Bay Area and beyond. And a great ending, too.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: A pork factory town, the refugees who make up the rolls, and coronavirus outbreak that rocked the region
    Entry Credit: Jaweed Kaleem
    Judge Comment: This is some of the best character-driven national reporting to emerge during the pandemic. The scenes the reporter witnessed - first and second generation immigrants putting their lives at risk - while Sioux Falls' mostly white population carries on life as normal made me angry. I especially appreciated that the reporter went back to Sioux Falls several times after his first story.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The San Diego Union-Tribune
    Entry Title: Missing in Mexico
    Entry Credit: Wendy Fry, Alejandro Tamayo
    Judge Comment: The toll that this story captures is staggering and heartbreaking: tens of thousands of mostly young men presumed dead, buried in mass graves or entombed in the walls or under the floors of houses The searchers - U.S. and Mexican mothers, fathers and other relatives- exhibit great courage in the face of corrupt police and government officials. So, too, do the reporter and photographer.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: Nothing Wild
    Entry Credit: Ryan Sabalow
    Judge Comment: loved the framing of this series. The reporter's command of his subject matter is impressive, so too is his ability to capture fairly the conflicting passions of the farmers, ranchers, indigenous people and environmental activists
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: How do you sign ‘Black Lives Matter’ in ASL? For black deaf Angelenos, it’s complicated
    Entry Credit: Sonja Sharp
    Judge Comment: A timely, surprising and fresh examination of the ways racial inequities ensure that ASL does not always adequately represent the Black deaf community