2020 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Open-Feature Story ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: CalMatters
    Entry Title: The pandemic's great divide: Twelve hours in an L.A. restaurant
    Entry Credit: Nigel Duara
    Judge Comment: This story places the reader within the restaurant and presents the layers of complexity, policy, personality and persistence in a way that is digestible yet informative. The quotes are powerful and real. The history provided contextualizes the tough circumstances. The access that Nigel Duara was able to get guided the story in a way that offered an intimate look at the restaurant workers' struggle. The structure, writing, pace and quotes were compelling and maintained the reader's investment from beginning to end.