2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Local Coverage of Election 2020 ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: SMART’s future on line over divisive tax renewal (Feb. 16, 2020)
    Entry Credit: Kevin Fixler
    Judge Comment: Just a superb news package all around. The history of the rail system is thorough but not boring to read, and all contemporary developments are told in a sensible narrative that flows seamlessly. Photos do well to enhance a compelling story.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Sun
    Entry Title: Desert Sun: Chad Mayes quit the GOP. Can he win without it?
    Entry Credit: Sam Metz, Mark Olalde
    Judge Comment: I think the writers here did an excellent job capitalizing on a relatively odd development that nevertheless had a national angle. They also took advantage of the chance to thoughtfully analyze politics beyond the party line. I was compelled to see how Hayes fared in November.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Press-Enterprise
    Entry Title: Who’s knocking on my door? Coronavirus changes Inland candidates’ campaign tactics
    Entry Credit: Jeff Horseman
    Judge Comment: This did a really nice job of illustrating a part of campaigning we don't often read about, made all the more interesting by the pandemic. The writer did a nice job of diversifying sources here.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Daily Breeze
    Entry Title: West Basin water board incumbent Don Dear faces questions of electioneering
    Entry Credit: David Rosenfeld
    Judge Comment: This might be one of the oddest political stories I've read in a while, and I appreciated the almost whimsical tone it was written with. These are awkward stories to write, so it reflects well on the writer that he got the sources he did.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Modesto Bee
    Entry Title: GOP candidate says he lives in Turlock. Opponent and some neighbors say something else
    Entry Credit: Kevin Valine
    Judge Comment: It was clear that a lot of work went into both researching for this story and in presenting it in an easy-to-read fashion. Kudos as well to the reporter for persevering and getting the sources he did.