2022 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Health Coverage ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Long Beach Post
    Entry Title: A mother’s quest to save her homeless son from mental illness is met with a system in crisis
    Entry Credit: Jeremiah Dobruck, Melissa Evans
    Judge Comment: This was a heartbreaking, honest portrayal of the co-occurring crises of homelessness and mental health that is playing out across California, I found the writing incredibly vivid and engaging, strong reporting supported by data and public records also. This shines light on an ugly truth California politicians are slow to tackle, a broken system that is often riddled with finger pointing instead of solutions. I really liked how it showed the reader how these inadequacies impact not just the individual but families and the community at large.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Long Beach Post
    Entry Title: Awareness, affordability remain challenges for parents of color to access doulas
    Entry Credit: Tess Kazenoff
    Judge Comment: This was a great story that showed the devastating impacts of racial bias and inadequacies in our health care system, and I loved how the reporter brought in real people voices to show the human toll, especially for people of color, while also touching on failures in the system.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Voice of OC
    Entry Title: Addressing Covid Inequalities Throughout OC Neighborhoods
    Entry Credit: Spencer Custodio
    Judge Comment: Great spotlight on the importance of local public health agencies, and good to focus on the data showing major discrepancies faced especially by Latino communities.
  • Competition Comment: None