2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

In-Depth Reporting ( Weeklies: 4,300 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: Tiburon tackles racial diversity, justice
    Entry Credit: Shayne Jones, Hannah Weikel
    Judge Comment: The depth of reporting combined with solid writing make these stories about a public concern excellent reading. Police matters, especially about the issue of police stops and profiling, demand balanced reporting; these stories provide that and thus carry more weight with readers and, one hopes, with authorities. A fine example of serving the public through an independent observer.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: Redevelopment of Mallard Pointe
    Entry Credit: Hannah Weikel, Shayne Jones
    Judge Comment: Community economics can be difficult to understand and not the most exciting reading. The issues around the redevelopment plan for Mallard Pointe are well explained, and the impact on different groups is clearly laid out and explored. The follow-up article allows other voices to have a say and share the forum. This is how community issues need to be covered so residents can make informed decisions.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: Widespread internet outage leads to frustration, questions
    Entry Credit: Shayne Jones
    Judge Comment: Losing internet may pale in comparison to losing power or water, but it’s still a big part of readers’ lives. And reading about how and why will help cool their frustrations. Such coverage makes the newspaper essential reading.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Clara Weekly
    Entry Title: Santa Clara Leads in Employee Compensation
    Entry Credit: Carolyn Schuk
    Judge Comment: There’s nothing like checking to see if a public official’s pronouncement is accurate – and finding out that it’s not even close. It takes time to assemble facts even for a small chart and a relatively short story, but the impact can be big. In this case, one would think the city manager would have some explaining to do.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Healdsburg Tribune
    Entry Title: Healdsburg Senior Living
    Entry Credit: Katherine Minkiewicz-Martine
    Judge Comment: Taking public documents like nursing home complaints and going into more detail is a solid way to draw readers and potentially spark action by the public. The story would be stronger if it put people in the opening paragraphs, through example or anecdote or quotes, to draw in readers. Making clear up front that the paper has tried to hear the other side of the story shows the effort to be fair to all.