2020 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Wildfire News Coverage ( 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: Voice of OC
    Entry Title: Ongoing Wildfire Risks in Orange County
    Entry Credit: Nick Gerda, Hosam Elattar, Noah Biesiada
    Judge Comment: This series of stories did a good job uncovering and illuminating city and county government issues faced during last year's wildfires. Found it interesting,
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: ‘Get! Get! Get!’ How a Camp Fire survivor escaped another California inferno with his family
    Entry Credit: Jason Pohl
    Judge Comment: Incredible human-interest story on a family lineage and the ongoing struggles they faced over the years during California's wildfire seasons. Great digital work as well.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Long Beach Post
    Entry Title: Long Beach escaped flames during historic fire season, but how toxic is all the smoke we’ve had?
    Entry Credit: Tim Grobaty
    Judge Comment: Interesting story on the wildfires and the actual damage done to air quality during these episodes. Different take.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: Among the devastation in Berry Creek, a firefighter saves his home for his young son
    Entry Credit: Sam Stanton
    Judge Comment: Well-done story of a community ravaged by the wildfires. Very descriptive.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Malibu Times
    Entry Title: String of Fires Triggers Homeless Camps’ Clearance
    Entry Credit: Genevieve Finn
    Judge Comment: Informative piece on the Tuna Canyon, the homeless crisis and how fires play a direct role in the issue. Another voice or two and this could have been bumped up.