2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

In-Depth Reporting ( Dailies: 50,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: A Toxic Secret Lurks in Deep Sea
    Entry Credit: Rosanna Xia
    Judge Comment: The energetic writing, dramatic imagery and immersive online presentation make this DDT story a truly cinematic read. It has all the elements of an adventure pic, expertly reconstructing decades of heart-pounding discoveries and disappointments associated with this complicated and controversial topic -- while also explaining its relevance today.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The San Diego Union-Tribune
    Entry Title: Missing in Mexico
    Entry Credit: Wendy Fry, Alejandro Tamayo, Alexandra Mendoza
    Judge Comment: The pain of parents searching for their missing children is palpable in this series. The descriptions of families literally digging for the remains of their loved ones in visceral, heartbreaking and unforgettable.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: San Francisco Chronicle: Delta on the Edge
    Entry Credit: Kurtis Alexander, Santiago Mejia, Carlos Avila Gonzales
    Judge Comment: The compelling interviews with the people whose lives and livelihoods will be most affected by proposed changes to the Delta really bring this story to life. Lots of terrific drone and still photography add to the impact and help the reader understand the scope of the evolving challenges of this important area.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: You see the warnings everywhere. But does Prop. 65 really protect you?
    Entry Credit: Geoffrey Mohan
    Judge Comment: A fascinating look at how a well-intentioned proposition morphed into a money-making machine. Clear, concise explanations make this topic easy for readers to follow and understand.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: L.A.’s storied Magic Castle shaken by allegations of sexual misconduct, racism
    Entry Credit: Daniel Miller, Amy Kaufman
    Judge Comment: This well-researched story reveals a much darker side to a familiar landmark. Stark details from multiple lawsuits and strong interviews make this a truly absorbing read.