2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Youth and Education ( Dailies: 15,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: The pandemic's lost kids
    Entry Credit: Nada Atieh, Kristan Obeng, Anjeanette Damon
    Judge Comment: Excellent! A great story based on intensive reporting and data analysis that also centers the human element. Very important topic that readers likely wouldn't have even considered without this story.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: Someone defecated on a Pride flag at Paso Robles High. Now LGBTQ students are speaking out
    Entry Credit: Mackenzie Shuman, Stephanie Finucane
    Judge Comment: The reporter did a great job talking to the people most affected — the students. Nice job with the continued coverage, and the editorials take a strong stand and help readers understand why this news matters.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: Morro Bay teacher misused club funds, investigation finds, then got paid $48,000 to resign
    Entry Credit: Mackenzie Shuman
    Judge Comment: Very strong investigative piece and an excellent example of accountability journalism. I can see the legwork that went into this story. Nicely done.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: How safe is Cal Poly at night? Dark areas and story of Kristin Smart worry some students
    Entry Credit: Mackenzie Shuman
    Judge Comment: Compelling story and I appreciate the incorporation of so many student voices.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Monterey Herald
    Entry Title: With local push, CSU system votes to divest
    Entry Credit: Tess Kenny
    Judge Comment: Enjoyable read that nicely blends an issue-oriented focus (on divestment) with a profile of one of the key players. Well-written and hopeful about the way young people can make change.