2020 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

In-Depth Reporting ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Capital & Main
    Entry Title: When COVID-19 Hit L.A. Nursing Homes, Where Was the County’s Department of Public Health?
    Entry Credit: Danny Feingold, Dan Ross
    Judge Comment: This was a comprehensive series of stories about the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health?s response to COVID-19 in the early months of the pandemic. Well-sourced, well-explained reporting helped set this entry apart in a strong category of entrants.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: California Health Report
    Entry Title: Disasters Are Driving a Mental Health Crisis
    Entry Credit: Claudia Boyd-Barrett, Dean Russell, Jamie Smith Hopkins
    Judge Comment: Clear writing and explanation of a difficult problem. I learned so many things about the mental health impacts to disasters and what solutions are proposed to help fill in these gaps. Great job to the California Health Report team.
  • Place Name: Third 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 publication shined a light on an issue that otherwise might not get much attention. There are many challenges to the pandemic, and this is one that could have gotten lost without her reporting on a sensitive subject. Excellent job.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Capital & Main
    Entry Title: The Struggle to Access HIV Prevention Meds
    Entry Credit: Larry Buhl
    Judge Comment: The reporter did a remarkable job explaining a complicated subject, laying out the ongoing issues and presenting solutions. The interactive charts were a nice touch.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Malibu Times
    Entry Title: The Woolsey Fire's Two-Year Anniversary
    Entry Credit: Emily Sawicki
    Judge Comment: This series on the aftermath of the Woolsey Fire does more than simply look back on the devastating fire -- the newspaper gives a close look at the rebuilding process for local residents? homes and helpfully explains to local readers what?s happening around them ecologically as a result of the fire. Solid reporting that residents surely stood to benefit from reading.