2022 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Land-Use Reporting ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Packed In: Overcrowded housing in Los Angeles has brought death by design
    Entry Credit: Brittny Mejia, Liam Dillon, Gary Coronado, Gabrielle LaMarr LeMee, Sandhya Kam
    Judge Comment: Deeply researched and clearly crafted, this project tells the story and history of LA, ironically shaped by former owners of the LA Times, with civic leaders offering an escape from densely populated cities in the East, and winding up with the most overcrowded housing of any large county in the country. The story is told on both a macro level with significant statistics and historical research, and on a personal level with the accounts of families living and dying in LA.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: This map reveals who owns every property in the S.F. Bay Area
    Entry Credit: Emma Stiefel, Susie Neilson, J.K. Dineen, Lauren Hepler, Jeff Hinchee
    Judge Comment: A massive investigation into property ownership in the San Francisco Bay Area that includes a map and data-search feature readers can use to find ownership information on “every property” in the nine counties. The project includes a deep dive into 12 of the biggest players in residential real estate. The depth of the data research and reporting is impressive. The writing is clear and engaging.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The San Diego Union-Tribune
    Entry Title: The California Theatre is for sale again, leaving decaying building in limbo for longer
    Entry Credit: Jennifer Van Grove, Nelvin Cepeda
    Judge Comment: Outstanding job of research and writing. The video graphics are outstanding, bringing home to the reader the feeling of the long-neglected district. Reporting and historical research are very thorough.
  • Competition Comment: The competition in this category was very strong, with newsrooms conducting huge efforts to dig up and analyze large volumes of data, extensively contact and interview sources, write multiple stories, and present pictures and graphics that helped readers grasp the significance of the problems. Large teams of editorial staffers were involved. It was difficult deciding the winners. Even entries that didn't make the top three did impressive work worthy of commendation.