2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Enterprise News Story or Series ( Dailies: 15,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: Life on the San Andreas: Tiny Parkfield is unshaken as ‘Earthquake Capital of the World’
    Entry Credit: Jennifer Schmidt, David Middlecamp
    Judge Comment: In a category with many strong entries, this well-sourced series about the “Earthquake Capital of the World” is the complete package. The storytelling was captivating and accompanied by excellent videos, photographs and maps. The concluding article providing information about ShakeAlert notification system was helpful reader service. A master class in enterprise reporting.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Hanford Sentinel
    Entry Title: Valley fever: Flying under the radar
    Entry Credit: Donald ` Promnitz
    Judge Comment: This entry grabs the reader’s attention from the very first sentence, detailing one family’s tragic story about a man succumbing to Valley fever. The reporter keeps that attention throughout the series with a compelling mixture of personal stories and the broader impact Valley fever has on the region.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Napa Valley Register
    Entry Title: Voices from the Vineyard
    Entry Credit: Sarah Klearman
    Judge Comment: A lot of care went into this series about the health impacts of area farmworkers and their families. The reporter concisely detailed how problems compound themselves – the workers face many health risks, yet lack access to appropriate care. This was a difficult subject tackled with care, and the additional decision to publish the articles in Spanish was a nice touch. Job well done.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Monterey Herald
    Entry Title: Initiative helps student parents succeed at CSUMB
    Entry Credit: Tess Kenny
    Judge Comment: The reporter did a remarkable job personalizing the difficulties of students navigating college life while raising young children. The article helped shine a light on students that have long felt overlooked.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Cruz Sentinel
    Entry Title: A year after fire, burned Santa Cruz forests sprout with new life but growing takes time
    Entry Credit: Hannah Hagemann
    Judge Comment: This unique, interesting look at the health of Santa Cruz’s forests likely answered a lot of questions readers had about their local environment. The strong use of photographs helped set this entry apart.