2022 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Coverage of Youth and Education ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: EdSource
    Entry Title: Covid challenges, bad student behavior push teachers to limit, out the door
    Entry Credit: Diana Lambert
    Judge Comment: Well-rearched, cleanly written investigative series that served the community, especially those whose education was most affected by the pandemic. It featured easy-to-read graphics and offered solutions to how to help students catch up.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: EdSource
    Entry Title: Education on fentanyl, other drugs often optional in California schools, if offered at all
    Entry Credit: Carolyn Jones
    Judge Comment: Story addressed an important topic -- the dangers of fentanyl use among youths and the surge of drug overdoses and death statewide in an easy-to-comprehend manner. Weel-written, well researched.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: GV Wire
    Entry Title: Fresno Unified's new academic chief faced criticism as superintendent of small district
    Entry Credit: Nancy Price
    Judge Comment: One of a few stories that tackled issues surrounding public school administrators and board members, this piece was an excellent piece of unbiased coverage a newly hired superintendent. Delving into the person's recent past turned up relevant issues that were of concern to many.
  • Competition Comment: The quality of writing and reporting varied wildly in this category. It's evident that some of the work was done by less-experienced writers who put forth an earnest effort to cover local education issues. There were interesting topics, but in some cases, the reporter's viewpoint was fairly obvious. Whether it's digital or primt journalism, reporters should still stick to the basics of fair and balanced coverage, or be judged in an opinion category.