2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: Uneven pandemic fallout for Sonoma County families
    Entry Credit: Kerry Benefield, Julie Johnson, Guy Kovner, Martin Espinoza
    Judge Comment: A truly stellar series spotlighting a variety of important topics with engaging, in-depth storytelling and visuals. Great package, as the stories were unique but the topics interconnected beautifully (and they are fairly underreported in the media landscape)
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Fresno Bee
    Entry Title: Deaths among Latino immigrants soared by 90% as COVID tore through this California county
    Entry Credit: Nadia Lopez
    Judge Comment: Standout reporting. Important reporting. Impressive interviews and access. Strong storytelling and supporting visuals.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Sun
    Entry Title: Vaccinating the 'last free place'
    Entry Credit: Amanda Ulrich, Vickie Connor
    Judge Comment: Impressive solo story delving into a hyperlocal topic while featuring textbook balance. Engaging visuals. So many standout quotes, indicative of strong interviews.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: Sonoma County's challenged COVID-19 vaccination campaign
    Entry Credit: Phil Barber, Martin Espinoza
    Judge Comment: Good variety of stories that went beyond just basic reporting of everyday topics of this pandemic. The depth of the individual stories stood out. Grabber visuals throughout.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Daily News
    Entry Title: Pregnancy in the pandemic
    Entry Credit: Olga Grigoryants, Sarah Reingewirtz
    Judge Comment: Stellar storytelling. Great interviews aided by impressive access. The deeply personal photos stand out. These topics are so vital -- and so underreported. Each story was just so engaging. Only reason it didn't rank higher is the "COVID pandemic" connection (as defined by award category) seemed a bit uneven at times. Does "during" the pandemic = "about" the pandemic? Not in all cases here, I'd argue.