2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Enterprise News Story or Series ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Fresno Bee
    Entry Title: Renters struggle to access help during pandemic series
    Entry Credit: Cassandra Garibay
    Judge Comment: Well written with strong graphics and video content. The package sets out the problem and explores its roots, but it goes further by exploring solutions and providing helpful information for those struggling. As the story shows, government money isn’t enough if people don’t know it exists or how to obtain it if they do know. And effective administration can’t be assumed. A consequential contribution to the community – and presented in a clear, readable, interesting way.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Sun
    Entry Title: Desert Sun: Will imported water save the Salton Sea?
    Entry Credit: Mark Olalde
    Judge Comment: A comprehensive and compelling look at the latest efforts to “fix” the Salton Sea. Excellent photography and graphics deliver the much-needed sense of the area for those unfamiliar with it. Making a science story about people when possible is key to getting readers interested and keeping them interested. That also means they will return to the subject, which, sadly, isn’t going away.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Sun
    Entry Title: Desert Sun: Oil bankruptcies leave taxpayers holding the bag
    Entry Credit: Mark Olalde
    Judge Comment: Scandalous use of taxpayer money is all too common. In the case of the cleanup of Rincon Island, good writing and images are more than fuel for outrage; they explain how and why this happens in an engaging presentation.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: Ghost Guns: Too easy to build and flooding the streets
    Entry Credit: Austin Murphy
    Judge Comment: It’s a gimmick, but a really good one. Of all the discussion of “ghost guns,” this story drives home the reality of the relative ease in creating an untraceable weapon. A great idea that is effectively executed by the team.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Ventura County Star
    Entry Title: Is Simi Valley's racist reputation deserved?
    Entry Credit: Mike Harris
    Judge Comment: This kind of question – is my community racist? – is usually avoided because it creates so much churn. Yet it’s a reasonable question for many communities to ponder, especially in light of community history and recent events in the nation. The story offers a forum rather than concrete answers, and that might well be the best approach.