2022 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Investigative Reporting ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Capital & Main
    Entry Title: California Air Regulators Try to Salvage Faulty System That Permitted ‘Extreme’ Pollution
    Entry Credit: Aaron Cantú
    Judge Comment: This entry earned top honors for its impressive reporting on industrial pollution and regulatory problems that fail to prevent it. The zoom in on a young child struggling to breathe was extremely powerful. A remarkable piece of investigative journalism.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Capital & Main
    Entry Title: Why Won’t the EPA Fine New Mexico’s Greenhouse Gas Leakers?
    Entry Credit: Jerry Redfern
    Judge Comment: Incredible accountability journalism detailing the EPA's failing oversight of oil field emitters. The reporter describes the direct consequences this has on Permian Basin residents and includes a helpful data visual.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: California Health Report
    Entry Title: For Many Rural Californians, Abortion Isn’t Accessible. Here’s What Can Be Done
    Entry Credit: Lauren DeLauney Miller
    Judge Comment: This strong entry detailing the issues with connecting Californians to abortion care gives both the bigger, statewide picture and the impact on certain individuals. A powerful story.
  • Competition Comment: Many, many strong entries in this category! Investigative journalism is alive and well in California!