2022 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

In-Depth Reporting ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Capital & Main
    Entry Title: A Just and Legal Weed
    Entry Credit: Donnell Alexander
    Judge Comment: Getting in on the ground floor of a new industry is critical to success, and this series indicates why that ground is uneven for Black growers in the legal weed business. America’s corporate and social history shows what happens when certain groups are crowded out of opportunity, and this series casts a light on this issue before it’s too late for remedial action.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Black Voice News
    Entry Title: Birthing While Black
    Entry Credit: Breanna Reeves, Aryana Noroozi, Chuck Bibbs, Kenneth Kipruto, Chris Allen
    Judge Comment: A fine example of drawing awareness to a topic that doesn’t directly affect most people and may be invisible to them. Yet the health and well-being of fellow citizens should be everyone’s concern, one of the reasons we value journalism, and this five-part series shows why. The specific community addressed in the series will benefit from the forum the stories provide as well as the information.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: California Health Report
    Entry Title: People with disabilities and their loved ones seek more support
    Entry Credit: Claudia Boyd-Barrett, Angela Kim
    Judge Comment: Coverage that includes a first-person account and a look at special challenges for Latinx families and those with domestic violence issues gives unique dimensions to these stories about people with disabilities. Good reporting and writing informs those who don’t have these challenges, thus creating empathy and awareness, and provides resources for those who do – and the critical message that ‘you are not alone.’
  • Competition Comment: A category with nearly two dozen entries shows a commendable spirit of in-depth writing. Many stories focus on underserved communities, which helps inform the community at large and provides information and resources to those who are in need. Also commendable are the multiple entries from such media as Black Voice News, California Health, Capital & Main, ChicoSol and A News Cafe. Work that is better than average across the board and an inspiration for all trying to provide good journalism to their readers.