2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Fallout ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: San Quentin News
    Entry Title: At San Quentin, Overcrowding Laid The Groundwork For An Explosive COVID-19 Outbreak
    Entry Credit: Juan Moreno Haines, Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg
    Judge Comment: Excellent work in exposing how the SQ prison's conditions and mismanagement ultimately enabled a large COVID outbreak. Solid work.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Palo Alto Weekly
    Entry Title: COVID-19's impact on businesses
    Entry Credit: Palo Alto Weekly staff
    Judge Comment: Overall, an outstanding roundup of stories that thoroughly covered how the pandemic impacted your area. I learned a lot about your community, and it was fascinating to see how it adapted to the stay-at-home order and the pandemic.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Thousand Oaks Acorn
    Entry Title: Church Battles County Over COVID Restrictions
    Entry Credit: Becca Whitnall, Kyle Jorrey, Dawn Megli
    Judge Comment: This was definitely a page-turner that made me anxious to read more about Pastor McCoy. I liked how his tone and rhetoric gradually changed in the stories when he gained more and more notoriety. The final story was a bit of a cliffhanger, but the pastor ultimately got his way this year thanks to the US Supreme Court.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Palo Alto Weekly
    Entry Title: Shutdown
    Entry Credit: Palo Alto Weekly staff
    Judge Comment: A tip of the hat to your staff for producing this excellent issue within a short amount of time. Highly informative and helpful for PA community members. A fine example of community news.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Metro Silicon Valley
    Entry Title: Decades of Community-Building at Stake as SJ’s Cultural Districts Fight to Survive
    Entry Credit: Jennifer Wadsworth
    Judge Comment: Overall, solid work in presenting the COVID pandemic's impacts on San Jose's ethnic neighborhoods. A lot of people don't know their rich history and just assume that SJ is a bedroom community for tech workers.