2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Public Service Journalism ( Dailies: 15,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Record
    Entry Title: Vaccination efforts for undocumented essential workers
    Entry Credit: Laura Diaz
    Judge Comment: This story is the epitome of public service: highlighting the difficulty in getting undocumented workers vaccinated--whether it's because the state is not stepping up or because of other reasons--and then your published story leads to 500 folks getting vaccinated. Bravo.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: SLO County redistricting
    Entry Credit: Lindsey Holden, Stephanie Finucane, Joe Tarica
    Judge Comment: These stories did a terrific job explaining redistricting--and the politics of it--by telling readers what it is, why it occurs and why they should care. These stories affect the entire community.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: The pandemic's lost kids
    Entry Credit: Nada Atieh, Kristan Obeng, Anjeanette Damon
    Judge Comment: These reporters went through a painstaking reporting process of determining how many children have gone missing from school since the pandemic. Good data and anecdotes, and it was well written.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Visalia Times-Delta
    Entry Title: Up to 19% of the Earth's sequoias have been destroyed by wildfires
    Entry Credit: Joshua Yeager
    Judge Comment: This is a story the I wanted to keep reading. The more I read, the more I learned. I never knew the history of sequoias and that they are fire adapted. Despite that, we're losing them. Nice job educating readers.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Chico Enterprise-Record
    Entry Title: Why we (still) love Chico
    Entry Credit: Enterprise-Record Staff
    Judge Comment: These stories made me want to visit Chico! Wonderful job highlighting that city.