2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Land-Use Reporting ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Sun
    Entry Title: Desert Sun: Will California finally fix the Salton Sea?
    Entry Credit: Mark Olalde
    Judge Comment: This series of stories over the course of a year demonstrates deep reporting on the longstanding issue of how to mitigate the environmental hazards of the Salton Sea.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Fresno Bee
    Entry Title: This Madera County community is running out of water — and the only well might fail
    Entry Credit: Monica Vaughan
    Judge Comment: This reporting on a town dealing with wells drying up raises and explores important land use questions.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Sun
    Entry Title: Desert Sun: A tribe considers building a prison
    Entry Credit: Rebecca Plevin, Amanda Ulrich
    Judge Comment: A fascinating exploration of a tribe's idea to build a prison and add water to the Salton Sea. Thoroughly researched.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: Fountaingrove won’t be whole for years (Jan. 26, 2020)
    Entry Credit: Will Schmitt
    Judge Comment: None
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Fresno Bee
    Entry Title: Industrial farms leave water wells ‘high and dry’ despite regulations, Madera residents say
    Entry Credit: Monica Vaughan
    Judge Comment: None