2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Local Government ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: Lawsuits, critical report on Santa Rosa use of force in Black Lives Matter protests
    Entry Credit: Andrew Graham, Nashelly Chavez
    Judge Comment: This series had excellent reporting, matched by photographs that told the story, including the excellent side-by-side descriptions of the devices to be used for people vs. walls, etc. Together, this was a powerful series that changed the way police respond to incidents and helped spur financial compensation for those injured. This is journalism at its finest. All of the top 5 articles in this CNPA contest really deserve first place for the excellence they represent.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Sun
    Entry Title: Desert Sun: Grappling with the past
    Entry Credit: Erin Rode, Paul Albani-Burgio, Amanda Ulrich
    Judge Comment: This series exemplifies solid local government reporting. The reporting on the past injustice was excellent and moving and required a great deal of historical research. Also, the examination of both sides of the issue of the statue removal of the former mayor was exemplary. All of the top 5 articles in this CNPA contest really deserve first place for the excellence they represent.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: Sonoma County homelessness spending up 550%. Is it paying off?
    Entry Credit: Ethan Varian, Elissa Torres
    Judge Comment: The questions asked in this article should be reported on in every county in California. The reporter went beyond the press conferences and updates on how many people were being housed at a particular time. The reporter, graphic artist, and Press-Democrat are to be applauded for looking at the big picture, determining what was spent and where; and reviewing whether or not the spending made a difference. The information graphics were excellent and representative of the exhausting legwork of getting so many public records. I hope every newspaper in California uses this article as a template for reporting on the effects of COVID-19 government spending. All of the top 5 articles in this CNPA contest really deserve first place for the excellence they represent.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Sun
    Entry Title: Desert Sun: College of the Desert controversy roils local cities
    Entry Credit: Jonathan Horowitz, Maria Sestito, Eliana Perez, Paul Albani-Burgio
    Judge Comment: This reporting represents the very best in beat reporting. The fact that the newspaper recognized the importance of the issue and deployed so many resources is to be applauded. How bond money is spent and the influence of politics are complicated issues. The depth of this reporting is remarkable and the controversy over the college system leadership was reported with both sides represented, sensitively and fairly. All of the top 5 articles in this CNPA contest really deserve first place for the excellence they represent.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Press-Telegram
    Entry Title: 88 pedestrian and bicyclist deaths in Long Beach over 5 years — mostly ‘someone wasn’t paying attention’
    Entry Credit: Nathaniel Percy, Jeff Goertzen, Brittany Murray
    Judge Comment: The Press-Telegram provided an excellent public service in looking at the big picture of so many pedestrian and bicyclist deaths in just five years. The map had great detail, even beyond where the crashes occurred. The article contained excellent advice on how pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists can avoid becoming statistics. Beyond the statistics, the reporter captured the devastating impact of even one of the 88 collisions with moving detail through the interview with one victim's widow. This article may well save lives. All of the top 5 articles in this CNPA contest really deserve first place for the excellence they represent.