2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Newsom Recall Election ( Dailies: 50,001 & over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Orange County Register
    Entry Title: OC GOP and the Newsom recall election
    Entry Credit: Brooke Staggs
    Judge Comment: This is a really interesting and important angle on the recall that I have not seen anywhere else. It peels back the curtain on fundraising and organizational efforts by the GOP, energized around the recall, and takes a look at the implications well beyond Newsom, with an analysis of future impact on elections at all levels, from local to state races.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Mercury News/East Bay Times
    Entry Title: BANG coverage of Newsom recall
    Entry Credit: Emily DeRuy, Julia Sulek, Jeff Durham
    Judge Comment: This is very helpful coverage for voters, and also very insightful coverage with a look not just at the recall election, but a meaningful and well reasoned and data-driven analysis about what the recall reveals more broadly about California's political shift.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Only-in-California Aspects of the Recall Election
    Entry Credit: Julia Wick
    Judge Comment: What a rollicking and delightful read that had me gasping and giggling. It's a difficult balancing act on how to cover the fringe candidates in this important race, to give them enough seriousness without over-inflating their platforms and viability. They are treated here as real people, but with an appropriate amount of skepticism and context, and reveal the California voter's perplexing problem with the recall system: Do you leave question 2 blank?
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Coverage of Newsom Recall
    Entry Credit: Taryn Luna, Phil Willon
    Judge Comment: This is thoughtful deep-dive coverage that began well before there was even an actual recall election and before Newsom acknowledged it. It requires a lot of context and deep sourcing to help readers understand the dynamics at play. Specifically, this coverage offers a great analysis of Newsom's relationship with labor.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Orange County Register
    Entry Title: ‘Total Recall’ election of ’03 gives way to niche-focused, ground war in ’21
    Entry Credit: Andre Mouchard
    Judge Comment: None