2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Public Service Journalism ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Metro Silicon Valley
    Entry Title: SJPD Officers Mock Muslims, BLM Protesters on Social Media
    Entry Credit: Jennifer Wadsworth
    Judge Comment: Deep reporting by Metro Silicon Valley staff who tracked racist comments by police on social media. In the end, 14 misdemeanor cases were dropped that involved testimony from five of those officers.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Sierra Sun
    Entry Title: Deep cleaning
    Entry Credit: Justin Scacco, Michelle Gartner, Rebecca O'Neil
    Judge Comment: The Sierra Sun shed light on trash, plastics and other material that end up in Lake Tahoe, most unusually from polyethylene sand bags. Now residents are regularly cleaning up piers, and openly protesting against tourism and urging all to stop littering.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: Race incidents lead to resignations, investigations, reform, citizen panel
    Entry Credit: Hannah Weikel, Deirdre McCrohan, Kevin Hessel, Matthew Hose
    Judge Comment: The Ark's continual reporting on race incidents led to investigations, resignations, reform and a citizen panel all in six months.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Salinas Californian
    Entry Title: COVID-19 rips through California motel rooms of guest workers who pick nation’s produce
    Entry Credit: Kate Cimini , Jackie Botts
    Judge Comment: Deep records reporting by The Salinas Californian found that ag companies didn't always notify local public health departments of health outbreaks. The Californian tied it all together.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Review
    Entry Title: Locals gather to address issues at Memory Gardens
    Entry Credit: Kayla Kirby, Betty Miller, Laura Aguero, Joselito Villero
    Judge Comment: The Desert Review brought the community together to create a foundation to bring water to a neglected cemetery. Incredibly persuasive video.