2020 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Writing ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: The Evidence Burns Away
    Entry Credit: Lizzie Johnson
    Judge Comment: With California wildfires getting more intense each year, this story stands out by examining the back story behind one main fire, something that isn't always covered in this much detail in the news. The writing style was reminiscent of a crime novel. The transitions were smooth and the cliffhangers built the suspense.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Impeachment. Primaries. Kobe. Coronavirus rushed in while our focus was elsewhere
    Entry Credit: James Rainey, Kiera Feldman
    Judge Comment: Wow. A great scope of how the virus became known and how officials realized (or didn't realize) the gravity of the situation early on in the pandemic. The quotes throughout the piece helped capture a historic time.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Back from the dead
    Entry Credit: Molly O'Toole
    Judge Comment: Throughout the article, the writer works through the impact of the tragic mix-up on both sides and helps bring them together by the end.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Blankets, canned tuna and faith in God — how fleeing Venezuelans survive
    Entry Credit: Andrea Castillo
    Judge Comment: Structuring the story around people during each stop of the journey provided an arc that was understood without having to provide an explanation. Each slice of life had similarities with one another, and together helped give multiple lenses to understand the Venezuelan migration crisis.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Kaiser Health News
    Entry Title: Hard Lives Made Harder by Covid: Homeless Endure a 'Slow-Moving Train Wreck'
    Entry Credit: Anna Maria Barry-Jester, Angela Hart
    Judge Comment: Great diversity in sources and detail into each person's life. The contrast between the governor's commitment to providing housing before the pandemic and a rundown of what has and needs to be done brought everything together.