2022 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Enterprise News Story or Series ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Legal Weed, Broken Promises
    Entry Credit: Los Angeles Times Staff
    Judge Comment: Endemic corruption. Environmental degradation. Wage theft. This series impressed with every installment. The journalism here is counterintuitive, ambitious and essential. I was blown away by smart use of satellite imagery as a reporting tool and to help readers understand the issue. The photography is stunning. I hope the LA Times helped fix the car of the photographer that ran into the illegal cultivators with a tire iron.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Global California
    Entry Credit: Jaweed Kaleem
    Judge Comment: This was smart and entertaining. The idea of a Global California series could easily fall into the trap of dumb-downed international reporting for people who don't want to read about the world. But this is sophisticated reporting and writing connecting California to the world and the world to America's most important incubator of culture and innovation. Kudos also go to the headline writer.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: Her family is divided between the Bay Area and Haiti: Is it a case of family separation under the Biden administration?
    Entry Credit: Deepa Fernandes
    Judge Comment: From Trump to Biden, reporting on family separation is often driven by Washington and coverage frequently misses that there are real people behind the policy debate. This series rectifies that shortcoming. This is a great display of thoughtful reporting and moving photography.
  • Competition Comment: There was some outstanding entries in this category, but Legal Weed, Broken Promises stood out. Endemic corruption. Environmental degradation. Wage theft. This series was counterintuitive, ambitious and essential. Blown away by smart use of satellite imagery as a reporting tool and to help readers understand the issue. The photography is stunning. Excellent graphics. I hope the LA Times helped fix the car of the photographer surrounded by illegal cultivators with the tire iron!