2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Local Coverage of Election 2020 ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Palo Alto Weekly
    Entry Title: 10 for Council
    Entry Credit: Gennady Sheyner
    Judge Comment: Fantastic work, and far and away tops in this category. The writer shows an amazing knowledge of the city, the candidates and the issues--and, wow, interviewing and profiling 10 candidates this well is a lot of work. Truly a public service to the citizens of Palo Alto.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Simi Valley Acorn
    Entry Title: Voter guide info still incomplete
    Entry Credit: Sylvie Belmond, Melissa Simon
    Judge Comment: Well-done coverage of a huge mess made by county election officials. I'd have loved to have seen a follow-up piece about the effects this had (or didn't have) on the election outcome.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Simi Valley Acorn
    Entry Title: County clerk decries use of unofficial boxes
    Entry Credit: Sylvie Belmond
    Judge Comment: Detailed, fair and balanced local coverage of what became a big state election issue. Good work.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Barbara Independent
    Entry Title: Inside the Minds of Young Santa Barbara Voters
    Entry Credit: Tyler Hayden
    Judge Comment: An interesting, if (at least as presented in print) not-do-deep look at young voters. Compelling design helped make the package work.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Salinas Californian
    Entry Title: Who's behind political mailers targeting progressives, women, Latinos and senior citizens?
    Entry Credit: Angelica Cabral
    Judge Comment: Good sleuthing work by the reporter to figure out who was behind deceptive mailings. I'd have loved other voices besides the author's in the piece.