2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic ( Weeklies: 4,300 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Pacifica Tribune
    Entry Title: Millions in rental assistance remains unspent
    Entry Credit: Sarah Wright
    Judge Comment: I gave this story my top pick because it is a fine example of seeking a creative story that serves a significant community benefit. Larger organizations with more resources might edge this story out for length or complexity, but it is so deserving due to the benefit the information provides to a population most in need. Great writing, great organization and clarity.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: Teachers, students adapt to increasing return to classrooms
    Entry Credit: Emily Lavin
    Judge Comment: Great story about the complexities and creativity of reopening schools. Fine writing, clarity and depth.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: Businesses look to rebound as virus restrictions ease once again
    Entry Credit: Deirdre McCrohan, Kevin Hessel
    Judge Comment: Super story about the creativity of local businesses while trying to reopen during the pandemic. Great reporting and writing.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Clara Weekly
    Entry Title: How Santa Clara's Budget Got a $42 Million Case of Covid-19
    Entry Credit: Carolyn Schuk
    Judge Comment: This smaller story caught my eye because it delved into the true financial impacts of COVID-19 to one city. I haven't read much of this type of analysis. Well organized, clear and concise, it made the most of a small number of column inches! Loved the headline!
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Calaveras Enterprise
    Entry Title: Healthcare workers describe emotional toll, lessons learned from 18 months of COVID-19
    Entry Credit: Dakota Morlan
    Judge Comment: A moving story about the impacts of the pandemic on healthcare workers. This story was an eye-opening view into the workers' perspectives and full of insights into the illness from those who are its first-hand witnesses.