2022 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

In-Depth Reporting ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: EdSource
    Entry Title: Gig by Gig At California Community Colleges
    Entry Credit: Thomas Peele, Daniel Willis, Andrew Reed, Zaidee Stavely, Rose Ciotta
    Judge Comment: "Gig by Gig at California's Community Colleges" draws its authority from meticulous original research and data analysis as well as from its wealth of human stories. Its impact in terms of revelation and explanation stems from the specificity of its findings, which are the fruits of original reporting drawing by on data from 73 districts statewide and analysis revealing the patterns and the exceptions. As a result, the series by reporter Thomas Peele and other contributors points the way toward possible improvements while also holding local trustees and administrators accountable for their decisions. Videos and information graphics also excel, and EdSource makes the effort to add reach through podcast and an online forum.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Long Beach Post
    Entry Title: Locked Out: Homelessness in Long Beach
    Entry Credit: All Staff
    Judge Comment: Impressive in its ambition to follow the money being spent to answers about why homelessness is rising: The Long Beach post moves beyond the heat of debate to shed light on patterns and policy. Avoiding cliches and digging beyond official explanations, the reporting most of all is vividly human -- and humane.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Mountain View Voice
    Entry Title: Why it's so hard for kids in crisis to access the mental health care they need in Santa Clara County
    Entry Credit: Malea Martin
    Judge Comment: By going deep with one teenager and digging beyond anecdotes to show systemic issues, reporter Malea Martin provides substantive insights on what policies and practices are in the way of helping young people in crisis. Her story also highlights possible changes, thanks to the depth and detail she offers.
  • Competition Comment: Many of these entries lived up to the best standards of in-depth journalism through original research and the exhaustive reporting required to answer questions and reveal patterns and systemic issues. Just as impressive, these were stories about people -- both those affected, and those making decisions affecting others -- reflecting nuance as well as depth.