2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature Stories ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Beach Reporter
    Entry Title: Wealthy white community comes to terms with its racist past
    Entry Credit: Tyler Evains
    Judge Comment: Reporter Tyler Shaun Evains did an excellent job of shining a light on a local historical injustice and sticking with the story to create change. Her coverage was clearly written, well-reported and took a national story onto local turf with an important angle - likely a story that would not have been told without her tenaciousness, but one that brought action to her community.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: East Bay Express
    Entry Title: Dark Night
    Entry Credit: D. Scot Miller, Steven Tavares, Daedalus Howell, Kara Brown
    Judge Comment: Excellent team reporting. Very strong narrative writing and sophisticated analysis of events that went far beyond a simple recounting of the unrest to delve into what and who was behind it.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Palo Alto Weekly
    Entry Title: A matter of justice: protests and police reform in Palo Alto
    Entry Credit: Palo Alto Weekly staff
    Judge Comment: Reporter Gennady Sheyner writes with a clear and authoritative voice that provides both local information and the broader national context necessary to understand it. Sheyner clearly knows her beat inside and out, from the streets to City Hall, and can combine the viewpoints of citizens, police and politicians to provide comprehensive coverage. Palo Alto Weekly also showed impressive commitment to covering racial equity throughout weeks of high-profile coverage, including cover stories with excellent photography.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Beverly Hills Courier
    Entry Title: Embedded with the Protestors
    Entry Credit: Samuel Braslow
    Judge Comment: This first hand account gave a fresh perspective and felt like the reporter was seeing events in a new way due to the embed, and was able to convey that to the reader.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Brentwood Press
    Entry Title: Local protests sparked over hanging mannequin
    Entry Credit: Aly Brown
    Judge Comment: Reporter did a good job of bringing in larger issues of racism to a troubling local incident.