2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Monterey County Weekly
    Entry Title: Monterey County Weekly's Covid-19 Coverage
    Entry Credit: Monterey County Weekly staff , Pam Marino
    Judge Comment: The gold standard for this competition. Nice reporting and writing throughout. Puts a face on the impact of COVID throughout all segments of society; obviously a tremendous amount of time and effort went into this, and it was well worth it.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Palo Alto Weekly
    Entry Title: Educational exodus
    Entry Credit: Elena Kadvany
    Judge Comment: The best pure writing in the competition and a balanced, fair look at a side of the story that probably wasn't really popular in the newsroom or even among many of the readers. Kudos for being brave enough to fairly report on this side of the story.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Palo Alto Weekly
    Entry Title: Coverage of the vaccine rollout in Santa Clara County
    Entry Credit: Palo Alto Weekly Staff, Sue Dremann
    Judge Comment: Well-reported piece on the challenges of rolling out the vaccine.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Palo Alto Weekly
    Entry Title: One Year In
    Entry Credit: Jocelyn Dong, And Staff
    Judge Comment: Sometimes it's best if we step back and just let our readers have their say. Here's a great example of real-life impacts of the pandemic.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Good Times
    Entry Title: "Our Hushed World"
    Entry Credit: Erin Malsbury
    Judge Comment: Totally different and interesting, a truly unique look at the impacts of the pandemic in ways most readers would have never thought of. I learned things! Well written and researched.