2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Enterprise News Story or Series ( Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Sonoma Index-Tribune
    Entry Title: Spotlight on Housing
    Entry Credit: Index-Tribune editorial staff
    Judge Comment: Phenomenal, in-depth coverage of a problem we are seeing nationwide -- the need for affordable housing. Perhaps the best compliment I can give this series is that I winced and cringed as a I read the horror stories and saw how absurdly high rents and mortgage payments are there. This series did more than focus on the horror stories. It also showed what programs are available to help and published interviews with those who know the most about the situation. A great series. On a minor note, I was happy to see the ongoing header that went with every story. This is a great way to remind the readers of the ongoing coverage.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Bohemian
    Entry Title: Sonoma County DACA Recipient Battles with DA’s Office Over DUI Charge
    Entry Credit: Chelsea Kurnick
    Judge Comment: One of the best projects a newspaper can undertake is to look at a very complicated subject and present it in a way where the reader can understand the entire issue, in-depth. I read this as somebody who had zero knowledge of the issues that Dreamers face there. By the time I finished this in-depth piece, I understood the challenges faced by those being accused, and those doing the accused. I was able to form my own opinions without being pushed in a certain direction. This was not only great enterprise news but also a great community service.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Comstock's Magazine
    Entry Title: Follow Her Lead: As the country celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we profile 19 leaders in the Capital Region
    Entry Credit: Sena Christian, Shoka , Carly Carnejo, Tom Couzens
    Judge Comment: It's easy enough to say, "Hey, we're going to write about local leaders." But this series wrapped the idea around a theme and even incorporated photography as part of the overall idea. This was a beautiful idea.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Bohemian
    Entry Title: Disconnect: Sheriff’s Media Management of Dog Bite Sparks Controversy
    Entry Credit: Will Carruthers
    Judge Comment: We see this all the time. The police say one thing and then present snippets of video to back up their story. Then somebody else with smart phone video shows a somewhat different story by posting the entire video online. This was a great look at how the police and social media can be at odds.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Calaveras Enterprise
    Entry Title: A look back at Spanish flu outbreak in Calaveras County
    Entry Credit: Noah Berner
    Judge Comment: So few newspapers have history writers anymore. This was nice to see how this newspaper took a modern day subject -- COVID-19 -- and drew comparisons to how the area reacted to the Spanish Flu. I particularly enjoyed learned about how people treated mask-wearing.