2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

In-Depth Reporting ( Dailies: 15,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Maria Times
    Entry Title: COVID Hot Spot: an at risk city
    Entry Credit: Laura Place, Emily Slater
    Judge Comment: This story had it all: good anecdotes, terrific photos, smart graphics, a variety of voices...and it was nicely written and packaged. Kudos.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: How COVID-19 swept through this Redding nursing home, killing 23
    Entry Credit: Michele Chandler
    Judge Comment: This was a nice tick-tock of how things unfolded at a nursing home where nearly two dozen people died. Wonderful use of public records and heartbreaking stories of some of the victims.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
    Entry Title: Deadly fireworks explosion in Ontario
    Entry Credit: Staff
    Judge Comment: This is one of the more bizarre stories I've ever read. Having said that, the doggedness of the reporters who stayed with it day after day, finding new information and new voices at every turn, was impressive. Every story felt fresh.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: The pandemic's lost kids
    Entry Credit: Nada Atieh, Kristan Obeng, Anjeanette Damon
    Judge Comment: Good dive into children who went AWOL during the pandemic.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: Paul Flores arrested in Kristin Smart case
    Entry Credit: Staff
    Judge Comment: Nice job staying on top of a decades-old slaying.