2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Enterprise News Story or Series ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Salinas Californian
    Entry Title: INTERCEPTED: California keeps millions in child support while parents drown in debt
    Entry Credit: Kate Cimini, Nigel Duara
    Judge Comment: Kate Cimini and Nigel Duara shed light on California's child support system that drowns non-custodial parents in debt and ends of hurting custodial parents and benefiting the state. Terrific sourcing and data analysis.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Meghann Cuniff
    Entry Title: Ongoing coverage of criminal case dismissals over a jury trial ban
    Entry Credit: Meghann Cuniff
    Judge Comment: Meghann Cuniff's series on Orange County's trial ban is deeply reported and fairly presented and not an issue I've seen reported elsewhere across the country.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Monterey County Weekly
    Entry Title: Friday night lights: A stadium lights drama.
    Entry Credit: Sara Rubin
    Judge Comment: Sara Rubin sheds light and gives context to a battle over new lights at a high school athletic field. There were public records galore to wade through for this story.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Simi Valley Acorn
    Entry Title: Power struggle
    Entry Credit: Sylvie Belmond
    Judge Comment: Sylvie Belmond's "Power Struggle" chronicles homeowners' fight against a solar project inches from their homes. It's clear and objective.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Palo Alto Weekly
    Entry Title: Palo Alto's solar struggles
    Entry Credit: Gennady Sheyner
    Judge Comment: Gennady Sheyner's reporting on solar permitting in Palo Alto gives a point by point problem and solution to speed up the process. Gennady's writing is straight-forward and easy to understand on a fairly technical topic.