2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Local Government ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Metro Silicon Valley
    Entry Title: San Jose Quietly Drops Curfew Citations Amid Claims of Selective Enforcement
    Entry Credit: Jennifer Wadsworth
    Judge Comment: Fantastic look at San Jose's inconsistent, hasty and ill-conceived curfew during last spring's protests. I did think the mayor anecdote might have worked better with a briefer mention in the story and the bulk of the material broken out of a sidebar, but the reporting was rock-solid. I wish every city who arrested people for curfew violations had an outlet that had done this story.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Good Times
    Entry Title: "Blue Shift"
    Entry Credit: Jacob Pierce
    Judge Comment: Loved this dive into predictive policing and also the balance you provided showing PredPol's efforts to avoid the "doom spiral" of arrests of disproportionate numbers of Black and brown people via officer-initiated actions. A fascinating read.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Monterey County Weekly
    Entry Title: Revealing a right-wing extremist in the Pacific Grove Police Department
    Entry Credit: Mary Duan, Pam Marino
    Judge Comment: Great legwork here diving into this officer's horrible viewpoints and the end result is he's no longer allowed to carry a gun and badge in your community. Well done.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Metro Silicon Valley
    Entry Title: Valley Palms Landlord Agrees to Tenant Demands in Exchange for Tax-Free Financing
    Entry Credit: Jennifer Wadsworth
    Judge Comment: Enjoyed this look at a local government sticking up for regular folks and using its power to leverage improvements.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Metro Silicon Valley
    Entry Title: South Bay Letter Carriers Say Mail Problems Linked to USPS Cost-Cutting Experiment
    Entry Credit: Jennifer Wadsworth
    Judge Comment: Nice work chronicling a local story that also became a national story in 2020. Puncturing a big bureaucracy like the USPS can be challenging, but the story delivers the goods.