2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Land-Use Reporting ( Dailies: 15,000 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Daily Press
    Entry Title: As Joshua trees are considered for threatened status, some warn cost of designation would be too high
    Entry Credit: Martin Estacio
    Judge Comment: Strong lede and a measured balance between environmental concerns and real-world impacts on future development. Also establishes the way the political winds are blowing.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Monica Daily Press
    Entry Title: Tenants face mold, flooding, broken locks, and break-ins in rent-controlled unit
    Judge Comment: Vivid descriptions of poor living conditions, painting a clear picture of desperate tenants and a complacent landlord. Could have further explained that the tenant's recourse of last resort is through a local rent ordinance.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Marin Independent Journal
    Entry Title: Marin land trust eyed over financial, ethical moves
    Entry Credit: Richard Halstead
    Judge Comment: Story provides a clear explanation of failed oversight and accountability involving taxpayer money. It also holds the correct people to account, and explores whether this is a recurring problem.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Napa Valley Register
    Entry Title: Measure J: Protecting Napa agriculture for the past 30 years
    Entry Credit: Barry Eberling
    Judge Comment: Strong historical perspective on an old law that significantly affects the housing crisis of today. Story is dominated by the views of one politician and one real estate broker, and could have used more voices with divergent viewpoints.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Marin Independent Journal
    Entry Title: Marin historians aim to document every local dairy ever
    Entry Credit: Richard Halstead
    Judge Comment: A fun feature story on a niche topic. Story structure has some problems, and there is an overrliance on wordy quotes.