2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Enterprise News Story or Series ( Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Coachella Valley Independent
    Entry Title: Welcome to Lithium Valley
    Entry Credit: Kevin Fitzgerald
    Judge Comment: Kevin Fitzgerald's Welcome to Lithium Valley is a grand slam for first place. Perfect tone, comprehensive, enlightening and well sourced. Well done, Kevin.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: North Coast Journal
    Entry Title: Re: JUST SAYING GOODBYE
    Entry Credit: Thadeus Greenson
    Judge Comment: Thadeus Greenson's Re: Just Saying Goodbye looks back at the pandemic through the lens of a mother and daughter's email correspondence. It's heartbreaking, scary and rings so true. Thadeus is transparent with the reader as he spells out the conditions he negotiated with his source at the beginning of the story for full disclosure. That couldn't have been easy in a story so personal.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: La Jolla Light
    Entry Title: La Jolla Then and Now
    Entry Credit: Ashley Mackin-Solomon
    Judge Comment: Ashley Mackin-Solomon's La Jolla Then and Now takes a novel approach to the pandemic comparing the 2020s to the 1920s. She starts with architecture and how and why it has changed in the last 100 years, then moves on to retail, food, development and La Jolla's relationship with San Diego.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Pacific Sun
    Entry Title: Golden Gate Village series
    Entry Credit: Nikki Silverstein
    Judge Comment: Nikki Silverstein's Golden Gate Village series turned the tide on Marin Housing Authority's attempt to gentrify subsidized housing and dislocate generations of Black families. The series would have benefited from deeper interviews and comments from the housing authority members and their predecessors and more records searches.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Almanac
    Entry Title: Figuring out how to feed kids when they're not in school, From farms to families; When hazards collide
    Entry Credit: Kate Bradshaw
    Judge Comment: Kate Bradshaw's How to Feed Kids during the pandemic dug into the data and found that all but one of seven school districts served fewer meals year over year. She looked at why and put human face after human face on the simple but extraordinary efforts to keep children from going hungry while schools were closed.