2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Land-Use Reporting ( Dailies: 50,001 & over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Forced Out
    Entry Credit: Liam Dillon, Ben Poston
    Judge Comment: This entry gets high marks across the board of seven judging criteria. Three qualities in particular distinguish this story apart from the competition: (1) richly contextual and balanced reporting (2) the mining and careful interpretation of unexplored data that was tough to extract and (3) graphics that made the discriminatory land-use practices more apparent and, well, graphic. Congratulations on bringing to light a problem widely perceived to have gone away
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: A River of Secrets: How the Battle Over Reservation Ranch Summoned a Violent Past
    Entry Credit: Rosanna Xia
    Judge Comment: The best environmental stories are those that show, like ecology does, how everything is connected to everything else. This is one of those stories. The reporter and photographer beautifully wove together the strands of the past and present interconnectedness between inhabitants of the Smith River watershed and their environment in a forgotten corner of California with a forgotten history.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The San Diego Union-Tribune
    Entry Credit: Joshua Emerson Smith
    Judge Comment: These stories are outstanding not only for their thorough reporting but also the quality of sources underpinning the highly controversial issues of forest and fore management. Outstanding photography.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: Folsom keeps growing. But will the city have enough water to meet its grand ambitions?
    Entry Credit: Tony Bizjak, Dale Kasler, Phillip Reese
    Judge Comment: The Sacramento Bee for decades has consistently invested in high quality reporting on water and land-use stories. This story shows it in the ease with which it takes readers through a highly complex interplay between growth and water management made all the more challenging in a warming climate.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Orange County Register
    Entry Title: Affordable housing report card
    Entry Credit: Nikie Johnson, Jeff Collins, Jeff Goertzen
    Judge Comment: Congratulations to the Southern California News Group's team of reporters, graphic artists and photographers for holding local officials accountable on badly needed affordable housing in the clear, granular detail it deserves.