2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Land-Use Reporting ( Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Petaluma Argus-Courier
    Entry Title: Petaluma's quest for an elusive second commuter rail station
    Entry Credit: Kathryn Palmer, Tyler Silvy
    Judge Comment: A nicely done series of articles, written in an engaging and authoritative fashion. The stories present a detailed look at the complex issues at play in the ongoing political/development saga. Clearly written, with ample context and background to underpin the significance of the issue for the local audience.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Sonoma Index-Tribune
    Entry Title: Pacaso comes to Sonoma
    Entry Credit: Index-Tribune Editorial Team
    Judge Comment: A well-reported story on an interesting topic that could be critical to the future of the city's development. Engaging writing, and a well-done presentation of background issues makes the debate of interest to the average local reader, even those not directly impacted by the topic at hand.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Del Mar Times
    Entry Title: Community group questions approval of office complex
    Entry Credit: Karen Billing
    Judge Comment: A balanced and thoroughly reported story that does an excellent job of explaining details of the project Well-organized, clearly written, making for a highly readable story of keen local significance.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Business Journal
    Entry Title: When it comes to apartments, high-end is the flavor of the day
    Entry Credit: Edward Smith
    Judge Comment: Lots of good detail in a sharply written story that takes on housing/rental affordability in an interesting and engaging way.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Business Journal
    Entry Title: Think small
    Entry Credit: Edward Smith
    Judge Comment: A nicely done story on how the city is addressing a critical development issue. Clearly presents the significance of what's at stake, offering a balanced look at possible solutions.