2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature Stories ( Dailies: 15,000 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: How SLO protest leader Tianna Arata went from outsider to the middle of history
    Entry Credit: Mackenzie Shuman
    Judge Comment: This is a great look at a protest overall but really shines a light on one of the assumed leaders, her personal experience and how she got involved. The lead draws you in off the bat and the type of story-telling throughout the piece keeps you engaged, even though it's a long read.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: How once-peaceful Black Lives Matter march in SLO ended in a standoff and tear gas
    Entry Credit: Cassandra Garibay, Lindsey Holden, David Middlecamp
    Judge Comment: Although this was a long read, the multimedia placed throughout was a nice touch and not only broke up the long blocks of text, but were strategically placed to enhance the story in certain places The coverage was well done
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Marin Independent Journal
    Entry Title: Statue of controversial Spanish missionary Serra toppled by protesters
    Entry Credit: Adrian Rodriguez, Matthew Pera
    Judge Comment: The initial story is a different take on the protests that have been happening recently, shows a different perspective. Overall, it was a nice progression of coverage on a local protest and subsequent related events
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Visalia Times-Delta
    Entry Title: Coverage of George Floyd death protests in Visalia
    Entry Credit: Vongni Yang , Joshua Yeager , Krya Haas, Sheyanne Romero
    Judge Comment: I liked the thorough coverage of the events from start to finish and how different protests were sparked from George Floyd's death. Follow up coverage overall was good, and the use of multimedia really brought the stories to life, put the readers there
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Marin Independent Journal
    Entry Title: Mill Valley mayor roasted for doge on racial justice
    Entry Credit: Adrian Rodriguez, Lorenzo Morotti, Keri Brenner
    Judge Comment: Like the diversity of coverage on the topic of racism stemming from comments made by the mayor. Showed a good range of coverage with different groups. Would have like to see a few more images, pull quotes or some kind of visuals to break the text, but otherwise good overall