2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

In-Depth Reporting ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Acorn
    Entry Title: Rebecca Grossman murder case
    Entry Credit: John Loesing, Ian Bradley, Kyle Jorrey, Becca Whitnall
    Judge Comment: Relentless reporting on a fascinating storyline that includes a socialite, a Major League Baseball player, and a community struggling to deal with delays in the judicial system. Also, the heart-wrenching one-year anniversary piece maintained pressure to get the case heard.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Palo Alto Weekly
    Entry Title: Crisis at the kennels
    Entry Credit: Sue Dremann, Gennady Sheyner
    Judge Comment: Well-sourced reporting on a crisis at a local shelter, with a keen eye not just on the tragedy, but the lack of procedures and protocols in place.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Monterey County Weekly
    Entry Title: Making sense of the Redistricting Process
    Entry Credit: Christopher Neely
    Judge Comment: Redistricting is hard to comprehend for many, but this guide not only explained the process that goes into decisions, but possible ramifications that might come from those decisions.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Salinas Californian
    Entry Title: An increase in gun and gang violence leaves many Salinas residents in fear
    Entry Credit: Jocelyn Ortega
    Judge Comment: A solid piece of reporting on an uptick in gang and gun violence that has city residents scared about the future. So scared that in one especially poignant section of the piece, a homeless person explained that he's afraid to sleep in public for fear of gang activity.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Thousand Oaks Acorn
    Entry Title: Outbreak at assisted living exacts heavy toll
    Entry Credit: Dawn Megli
    Judge Comment: This solid piece of reporting included a look at how an outbreak at a facility impacted a family.