2020 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Enterprise News Story or Series ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: CalMatters
    Entry Title: California NAACP president aids corporate prop campaigns — collects $1.2 million and counting
    Entry Credit: Laurel Rosenhall
    Judge Comment: This was a worthy topic with impact: the state NAACP leader resigned. The writing was engaging throughout. This is true enterprise springing from a reporter who noticed patterns that seemed not to make sense. The conflict of interest was staggering.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Ventura County Star
    Entry Title: 'They have no place to go': Ventura County sees number of homeless students double
    Entry Credit: Erin Rode
    Judge Comment: Thorough reporting about a heart-breaking issue. Graphics offer good localization by school district. Interviews with homeless families put a face on the problems, from how the families ended up homeless to practical matters such as how children can get to school when they are moving from a shelter to a hotel. Solutions are offered at the end.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: San Jose Spotlight
    Entry Title: What are lobbyists doing at San Jose City Hall? That’s a good question
    Entry Credit: Carly Wipf
    Judge Comment: Excellent sourcing, including people defending themselves for not complying with an ordinance designed to ensure lobbyist transparency with excuses like it?s too onerous or no one ever seemed to care. But for those who do comply, they take the time because they believe in the importance of transparency.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Palo Alto Weekly
    Entry Title: Fires point to risky conditions in Ravenswood Triangle
    Entry Credit: Sue Dremann
    Judge Comment: Well-written story about a topic of interest to the community because of the environmental issues, but also because of the challenges associated with a homeless encampment in a ?protected habitat? that appears to be anything but.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: CalMatters
    Entry Title: ‘Go on Medi-Cal to get that’: Why Californians with mental illness are dropping private insurance to get taxpayer-funded treatment
    Entry Credit: Jocelyn Wiener
    Judge Comment: Mental health stigma often prevents families from talking about issues, but this reporter finds people to discuss what they had been told: to leave their private insurance companies for better care for their loved ones. That has allowed private companies to pocket more profits while putting the burden on taxpayers for the most serious mental health issues. This is journalism with impact, with lawmakers and advocates citing this story before they passed a law to expand mental health parity.