2022 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Coverage of the Environment ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: California Health Report
    Entry Title: Wildfire Smoke Is Hurting Pregnant People And Babies. Can California Cities Protect Them?
    Entry Credit: Lauren DeLauney Miller
    Judge Comment: Pacheco-Werner's experience creates a striking link between the scientific and human sides of the topic. Thorough coverage that invests the reader in the problem, finds its roots, and explains how groups are trying to fix it.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Capital & Main
    Entry Title: In Fracking’s ‘Ground Zero,’ Pennsylvania Residents Feel Left Behind
    Entry Credit: Audrey Carleton
    Judge Comment: The reporting on the apparently unexpected development in Part 3 is impressive. Interviews with the people affected by the water pollution provide insight into the frustration and difficult choices they face. The second part could have benefited from more visuals.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Fresnoland
    Entry Title: Climate Change
    Entry Credit: Dympna Ugwu-Oju, Cassandra Garibay, Melissa Montalvo
    Judge Comment: Impressive work focusing on voices of those affected by extreme heat. Diverse sourcing from research, experts and ordinary people. The topic of pollution could have been more integrated into the overall series.
  • Competition Comment: It was extremely difficult to pick just three winners from a field of 14 entries, with many compelling and enlightening pieces. Truly excellent work.