2022 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

General Excellence ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: GV Wire
    Entry Title: GV Wire
    Entry Credit: Darius Assemi, Bill McEwen, Randy Reed, Jake Tracy
    Judge Comment: GVWire delivers a lively and frequently updated mix of news framed for local readers, drawing on its own staff-produced local journalism ((including video, podcast and opinion) along with well-curated state coverage and locally framed national content from wires and content partners. The result feels like news that addresses what you need or might want to know as a local resident and Californian. The site uses digital assets well, both on breaking news and weekly features that go deeper. Along with its breadth, GVWire offers a prevailing reader focus to the framing of coverage that delivers a distinct sense of place and public interest. The home page is both newsy and easily navigable, with a strong sense of relevance that prevails even though GVWire provides national and state content (from AP, CalMatters and other providers). If you think of local as news relevant to local people, GVWire offers a model in providing a local voice and view along with its original reporting.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Modesto Bee
    Entry Title: The Modesto Bee
    Entry Credit: The Modesto Bee Staff The Modesto Bee Staff
    Judge Comment: The Modesto Bee's solid local reporting highlights a site with a strong sense of community, in its text and visual reporting as well as its video offers, mix of staff and contributed opinion coverage, and reader participation elements.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Long Beach Post
    Entry Title: The Long Beach Post
    Entry Credit: All Staff
    Judge Comment: The Long Beach Post stands out for its community coverage and focus, both enterprise and breaking news. By drawing on its sister publication (the business journal) and offering some stories in Spanish, the Post adds to its own reporting to the benefit of readers.
  • Competition Comment: Californians gain from these local sites that put community at the center not just in name but in production and curation of content that informs people about the places where they live. During the late winter storms occurring during the judging period, several sites stood out especially for on-the-ground reporting complemented by use of wires and partner content -- the kind of relevance and community focus only a good local outlet can provide.