2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Local Government ( Dailies: 15,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Marin Independent Journal
    Entry Title: Marin's homeless face tough challenges in housing quest
    Entry Credit: Natalie Hanson
    Judge Comment: This entry shows the kind of on-the-ground work and perseverance that talented local reporters excel at. It also avoids feeling exploitative, which reporting on homeless communities can do, by focusing on real people and real solutions.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: SLO County foster kids sometimes sleep in offices as family shortage reaches crisis
    Entry Credit: Sara Kassabian, David Middlecamp, Laura Dickinson
    Judge Comment: Great work shining light on people who often fall between the cracks. The package also does a good job evoking these situations without photographs of minors, which may be dangerous to foster children especially.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: Is homelessness in SLO getting worse? Here’s what community members, officials say
    Entry Credit: Nick Wilson, David Middlecamp
    Judge Comment: Another impressive story on homelessness that shows evidence of hard work and penetrating deep into communities most people avoid.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Daily Press
    Entry Title: Coverage of Victorville Councilwoman Blanca Gomez
    Entry Credit: Martin Estacio
    Judge Comment: An engrossing story that kept me gripped from beginning to end. These are the individual stories of EDD fraud that give a face to the numbers and help to explain how they happen. I did think more empathy could have been shown to the councilwoman, though; $5,000 seems like a drop in the bucket, and her stipend was less than $1,000 a month.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Marin Independent Journal
    Entry Title: Marin County bias testing: Good policy, or 'bad science'?
    Entry Credit: Richard Halstead
    Judge Comment: It can be hard to get answers to the big numbers on public budgets. This reporter kept digging until he got them.