2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Local Coverage of Election 2020 ( Dailies: 15,000 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Chico Enterprise-Record
    Entry Title: A council divided, a city confused
    Entry Credit: Robin Epley
    Judge Comment: Reporter Robin Epley is a true pro for deciphering one of the most convoluted local election plans in California. With clear and lively writing - with a bit of humor thrown in - she unravels what local voters will need to know while connecting with her audience with writing that acknowledges the absurdity of the complex system without veering into opinion. The excellent graphic also gives a clear understanding with a glance and is the best of how such concepts serve readers.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: Election issues in California's North State
    Entry Credit: Matt Brannon
    Judge Comment: Reporter Matt Brannon turned a pat trope - that the North state is conservative - on its head with a nuanced look at pockets of liberalism in these red counties. Loved the demographic comparison to other states - a quick and insightful visual that added fun to the story. Showed real understanding of the area and was well written.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Visalia Times-Delta
    Entry Title: California GOP defiant in face of illegal ballot harvesting charges
    Entry Credit: James Ward, Joshua Yeager
    Judge Comment: Clear and comprehensive coverage of an important and complicated election issue. Used a good variety of sources and represented all sides thoroughly.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: SLO County city councils are almost 90% white. Young voters want change, and here’s how
    Entry Credit: Cassandra Garibay, Lindsey Holden
    Judge Comment: Used comprehensive reporting to get at an issue important to young voters.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Union
    Entry Title: Making history
    Entry Credit: Liz Kellar
    Judge Comment: Pulled out the interesting fact of the all-women majority. Good coverage of a race/issue that is hyper local.