2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Public Service Journalism ( Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Claremont Courier
    Entry Title: Gaming the System
    Entry Credit: Mick Rhodes
    Judge Comment: Okay ... wow. In reading these stories, I got angry for the consumers. And the journalists who exposed these practices should be so proud. This is amazing Public Service journalism. No, it's not super flashy. But these are real issues that are affecting real people. This journalism is the bedrock of how newspapers can make a difference in their communities.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Business Journal
    Entry Title: Eviction Tsunami Series
    Entry Credit: Edward Smith
    Judge Comment: The Business Journal does an excellent job of bringing to light just how bad the housing situation already is and how bad it could get. Especially impressive was the journalism pointing out how there are no attorneys for tenants. Scary stuff. The general public only learned this because of the newspaper. That's Public Service.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: Tiburon tackles racial diversity, justice
    Entry Credit: Deirdre McCrohan, Hannah Weikel, Shayne Jones
    Judge Comment: It's great to see ongoing and in-depth reporting that brings to light the problems with a public department and the fears of a community. These are voices that otherwise might not get heard by the rest of the community, if not for the newspaper.