2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Local Government ( Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Clara Weekly
    Entry Title: City's Missed Revenues
    Entry Credit: Carolyn Schuk, David Alexander
    Judge Comment: I loved the idea for this series looking at how much money Santa Clara was leaving on the table through poor decisions or a lack of action. The piece calculating the lost revenue from the empty 12 acres and recapping their histories was a standout. I did think it would've been nice to see some consistent labeling or branding to tie these pieces together a bit more. If it continues to be a regular series, give it a name.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Kenwood Press
    Entry Title: Homeless Shelter to stay until....?
    Entry Credit: Alec Peters
    Judge Comment: Great look at how what was supposed to be a temporary solution to an immediate crisis overstayed its conceived-of end date. The piece was very fair in allowing for the wrench the coronavirus threw into everything while not minimizing the concerns of sources.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Bay Area Reporter
    Entry Title: Pride sweeps through Contra Costa, San Mateo counties
    Entry Credit: Matthew S. Bajko
    Judge Comment: There were three separate entries all on this topic. Were these meant to be one single entry? In any case, this zoomed out view of the entire, regionwide effort to fly Pride flags stood best on its own. Great recap of the added significance such a gesture took on during a year when a pandemic prevented people from gathering safely to celebrate Pride.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Clara Weekly
    Entry Title: City Budget Series
    Entry Credit: Carolyn Schuk
    Judge Comment: Every weekly should have someone capable of diving into city budgets and explaining structural deficits in easily understandable ways. The stories were a bit crunchy and the writing matter-of-fact, but everything was laid out in a way that was easy to follow.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Coachella Valley Independent
    Entry Title: Palm Desert Redistricting
    Entry Credit: Kevin Fitzgerald
    Judge Comment: The first article felt a bit muddled, but the third was really what brought it home for me. As cities around the state grapple with equity in elections and the shift to district elections from at-large races, the idea of carving out one gerrymandered district for Latinos while the rest of the jurisdiction elects four at-large members certainly was a curious solution. Great job sticking with it.