2020 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

In-Depth Reporting ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: EdSource
    Entry Credit: EdSource Staff
    Judge Comment: This series showed in stark detail the academic disparity between low-income and special-needs children as a result of the pandemic. The videos were superb and followed 16 families spread across the state, from near the Oregon border to San Diego, and highlighted how distance learning is leaving many children behind and also harming their mental health.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: CalMatters
    Entry Title: Close Quarters: California’s overcrowded homes fuel spread of coronavirus among workers
    Entry Credit: Kate Cimini, Jackie Botts, Lo Benichou, Marla Cone
    Judge Comment: This was an extremely strong entry that could win first place in many years. The research, which showed a direct correlation between crowded homes and COVID infections, was vast and data based.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Napa Valley Register
    Entry Title: Napa County's Burning Problem
    Entry Credit: Barry Eberling, Sarah Klearman, Laura Sparks
    Judge Comment: Terrific recounting of the recent wildfire history in Napa Valley, more than half of which has burned since 2017. The series included interactive graphics, succinct videos and poignant photos.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: CalMatters
    Entry Title: California's toxic legacy of "forever chemicals"
    Entry Credit: Rachel Becker, Rebecca Sohn
    Judge Comment: Excellent examination of contaminated wells that provide drinking water for many of the state's citizens. The series demonstrated the lack of responsiveness from water providers and how the low rate of well testing left many Californians with no idea what the true extent of contamination is, and the cleanup costs.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Long Beach Post
    Entry Title: Shattered promise of police oversight still haunts Long Beach 30 years later
    Entry Credit: Jeremiah Dobruck, Jason Ruiz, Joel Sappell
    Judge Comment: Terrific examination of how a voter-approved citizen police oversight commission has failed for 30 years, either through its own incompetence and lack of transparency, or by the rubber-stamping of city managers who ignored police misconduct. This series could have benefitted from still photographs and video.