2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

In-Depth Reporting ( Dailies: 15,000 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: Dying Inside
    Entry Credit: Matt Brannon
    Judge Comment: First class accountability reporting with impressive statewide sweep. The findings are shocking, and the stories of families who lost loved ones in places that have a legal and moral obligation to keep them safe were heartbreaking. I found myself wondering if some of the questions about staffing and training should have been raised in the first story rather than the second, but that’s a minor quibble. Congratulations on journalism that should prompt some much needed changes.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Cruz Sentinel
    Entry Credit: Hannah Hagemann
    Judge Comment: A gem of a story. A smart angle elevates what could have been a vivid feature into a timely news feature that marries history and a current dilemma. The writing was evocative and graceful. Would have loved to see more photos!
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: SLO County child care is hard to find and even harder to afford. Here’s how to fix it
    Entry Credit: Kaytlyn Leslie
    Judge Comment: An important, often overlooked issue that got worse in the pandemic. I liked that the story didn’t just highlight the problem; it showed possible solutions. Good complement of graphics, photo and video.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: San Gabriel Valley Tribune
    Entry Title: City of Industry solar project
    Entry Credit: Jason Henry
    Judge Comment: It’s clear that this reporter has been digging and breaking news on this pie-in-the-sky project for several years, and that the raids and charges are the outgrowth of reporting by him and colleagues. A timeline or story form might have helped readers who were coming cold to this story, but those same readers are lucky to have this kind of watchdog reporting in their community.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Napa Valley Register
    Entry Title: Napa County's Burning Problem
    Entry Credit: Barry Eberling, Sarah Klearman
    Judge Comment: An admirable commitment of time and resources to an issue that affects the lifestyle and livelihoods of the region.