2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Wildfire News Coverage ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Monterey County Weekly
    Entry Title: Three fires that started in three days in Monterey County in 2020
    Entry Credit: Monterey County Weekly staff
    Judge Comment: Thorough multimedia coverage, including online updates, newsletters, graphics and photos that kept readers alert and informed. In addition to covering breaking news, the analysis provided context about climate change and suspected arson. A strong overall report that best served readers when they most needed fire reporting.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Brentwood Press
    Entry Title: Lightning strikes spark area fires
    Entry Credit: Tony Kukulich
    Judge Comment: Vibrant writing with up to date information from reliable sources provided readers with hyper-local information during the fire emergency.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Metro Silicon Valley
    Entry Title: South Bay Sees Bizarre ‘Mini Boom’ as Thousands of Fire Evacuees Pour into DTSJ
    Entry Credit: Janice Bitters
    Judge Comment: This story deftly addressed two disasters: the wildfires and the economic impact on evacuated families. Shoe leather reporting and photos elevated the voices of residents at a time when they needed to be seen and heard; their plight addressed.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Good Times
    Entry Title: "Burned After Reading"
    Entry Credit: Jacob Pierce
    Judge Comment: A thoughtful take that provided context during the wildfires for local readers.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Salinas Californian
    Entry Title: Wildfire coverage
    Entry Credit: Kate Cimini
    Judge Comment: None