2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Business News ( Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: North Bay Business Journal
    Entry Title: Petaluma firm part of historic NASA effort to send 1st woman to the moon
    Entry Credit: Susan Wood
    Judge Comment: A spirited and well-written story about the North Bay's ties to NASA’s upcoming mission to send a woman to the moon for the first time. The story is nicely organized, with quotes that are energetic and packed with emotion. The front-page design is engaging.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: North Bay Business Journal
    Entry Title: Legal and morale dangers of bias and 'microaggressions' for the workplace
    Entry Credit: Cheryl Sarfaty
    Judge Comment: Clearly written, sophisticated piece following up on an important story about a Black female executive who resigned from the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, citing “racial bias and microaggression.” The entry does a great job explaining how microaggressions can prove to be poisonous to workplace cultures, especially when they affect historically marginalized groups.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Business Journal
    Entry Title: Local bank looks at offering crypto services
    Entry Credit: Breanna Hardy
    Judge Comment: A clear-eyed story about a local bank jumping into the cryptocurrency business. The reporter does an admirable job of explaining the oft-times confusing concept of “digital assets” through the eyes of an investor, banker and an investment adviser.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Davis Enterprise
    Entry Title: Last call: De Vere’s pub closing doors on Sunday
    Entry Credit: Wendy Weitzel
    Judge Comment: A well-reported piece about how the pandemic ultimately took the life of a popular Irish pub in Davis and a sister pub in Sacramento. The writer drew readers into the story by spinning a really nice tale with poignant, refreshingly honest quotes.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Elk Grove Citizen
    Entry Title: Groundbreaking Held for Elk Grove's Sky River Casino
    Entry Credit: Lance Armstrong
    Judge Comment: The ground-breaking ceremony of a Native American casino in Elk Grove was well-reported, including numerous details about the project and excellent quotes from former California Gov. Jerry Brown as well as city and tribal leaders. The quotes were chock full of passion and historical perspective, showing the importance of the project to the region’s economy and the preservation of the Wilton Rancheria’s tribe’s legacy and culture.