2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Local Coverage of Election 2020 ( Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Elk Grove Citizen
    Entry Title: Mayor's Associates Accused of Harassment
    Entry Credit: Lance Armstrong
    Judge Comment: Excellent series that covered multiple angles of the dark underbelly of local politics. The story shed light on cultural nuances and furthers public conversation. I can't wait for the grand jury report! I'd like to see a n in-depth story about the clan traditions that could deepen community understanding.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: "Hopefuls for council and school board square off in forums"
    Entry Credit: Hannah Weikel, Emily Lavin
    Judge Comment: Excellent, clearly reported coverage of the candidates. The writing flowed smoothly and the breakout into topics made it easy to follow.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Calaveras Enterprise
    Entry Title: Failure of Measure H puts future of Calaveras High School field in doubt
    Entry Credit: Guy Dossi
    Judge Comment: A nicely written, clear story about the impacts of a measure's failure on the community and the reasons behind it. This is the kind of story that might get buried in a contest among heavy political hitters, but it shouldn't, and that's why I'm voting for it. It's just a good story exemplifying the importance of local journalism.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Dana Point Times
    Entry Title: PAC Spends Thousands to Oppose Local Candidate, Both Newkirk and Frost Denounce Tactics
    Entry Credit: Lillian Boyd
    Judge Comment: Interesting and informative story for readers to understand the complex topic of campaign financing and some of its shadier elements.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Clara Weekly
    Entry Title: Political Scientists Look at Santa Clara's Landmark 2020 City Council Elections
    Entry Credit: Carolyn Schu
    Judge Comment: Interesting story about an emerging trend in politics that I found informative in a way that isn't often covered. My only quibble was the lede, which appears to have left off a word, such as whether you're referring to a CVRA lawsuit the city lost?