2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Youth and Education ( Weeklies: 4,300 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Mount Shasta Herald
    Entry Title: Teaching during a pandemic is a challenge
    Entry Credit: Barry Kaye
    Judge Comment: This entry does a good job painting a picture of the challenges that teachers, students and parents are facing in the pandemic. The structure is strong, with the story separated into sections while quotes are interspersed with data and health information. There were a number of sources in the story, which I appreciated, who brought in the personal element. The quality of writing was good, and the selection of material spanned some important issues within the larger topic. The reporting was balanced, as well.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: "Girls engineering club educates peers"
    Entry Credit: Emily Lavin
    Judge Comment: Coverage of the school’s engineering club presented an insightful look at attempts to contribute early into the pandemic. The story also provided a framework to look at some health concerns, particularly around the use of personal protective equipment, and educate the public about prevention. A good selection of sources, including girls in the club, helped tell the story, which was well-written and organized. The quotes included were strong ones, as well.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Trinity Journal
    Entry Title: Child Abuse Prevention Month
    Entry Credit: Tony Reed
    Judge Comment: This series of stories tackled an important issue at a timely point, exploring a variety of elements from signs of child abuse to ways people can help. This package fits well in to the ‘news you can use’ category. There were strong sources included in the stories that provided practical advice, along with helpful data and definitions. The selection of material was good, but be careful about editorializing, including in the lead.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: "Schools dropping provider over racist and sexist lessons"
    Entry Credit: Emily Lavin
    Judge Comment: Good job reporting on an interesting (and, almost, shocking) issue. You explained the trouble surrounding the curriculum in a clear way, providing good examples and background. The reaction and quotes from the superintendent were strong, and the quality of writing was good. The reporting was balanced in that you included reaction from the district as well as some reaction online. I would have liked to see more outreach to parents, but still a good job.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: "Tiburon girl debuts voice-acting skills in Pixar's 'Soul'"
    Entry Credit: Hannah Weikel
    Judge Comment: This entry was a fun read, with good quotes from the girl featured, along with her talent scout. The writing is concise, and the details that were included (‘lucky’ blue jumper) contributed to the readability. Although the pandemic’s impact was a part of the story, the article provided a nice break from some of the harder COVID coverage.