2020 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

In-Depth Reporting ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The San Diego Union-Tribune
    Entry Title: Returned series
    Entry Credit: Kate Morrissey, Nelvin C. Cepeda, Lauryn Schroeder, Alejandro Tamayo, Michelle Guerrero
    Judge Comment: The accessible explanatory journalism demonstrated throughout this project helps renew interest in a subject that we've heard about endlessly in recent years. It helped that the writers were able to weave in compelling personal anecdotes with all the data -- without weighing down the story unnecessarily.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: A Toxic Secret Lurks in Deep Sea
    Entry Credit: Rosanna Xia, Sean Greene
    Judge Comment: Fascinating topic; and the writers and designers provided great execution on the presentation. Good job keeping a potentially dry story understandable and readable.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: The Suspect Next Door
    Entry Credit: Matthias Gafni
    Judge Comment: This was a story that could have been treated like any other homicide story -- superficially, only through police and court coverage -- but the decision to dig deep was a good one. Readers got a fascinating exploration of the local legal system that offered resolution for all parties and didn't feel exploitative.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: Nothing Wild
    Entry Credit: Ryan Sabalow
    Judge Comment: I loved how this series tied disparate environmental topics into a single thread. Unique approach!
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Kaiser Health News
    Entry Title: Dialysis Industry Spends Millions, Emerges as Power Player in California Politics
    Entry Credit: Samantha Young
    Judge Comment: None