2022 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Land-Use Reporting ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Palo Alto Weekly
    Entry Title: Redefining downtowns
    Entry Credit: Gennady Sheyner, Jamey Padojino
    Judge Comment: This story was a thorough, authoritative piece that consisted of several stories within the story. The lead-in story drove home to the reader that decisions about downtowns have impact on real people, not just on businesses or a region's prestige. The reader also learns a lot about the planning process while navigating this lengthy but well organized piece. Kudos also for strong photos and headlines.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Voice of OC
    Entry Title: Downtown Santa Ana Small Business Owners Block OC Streetcar Construction Over Lost Profits
    Entry Credit: Brandon Pho
    Judge Comment: Bravo on presenting the people and voices in what may be a series of fateful conflicts over Santa Ana's downtown. I get a hint of gentrification fears, of cultural concerns, and a clash of visions for downtown. This story also holds a watchdog element: What is the district organization doing with those tax proceeds? Who should decide that? I would like to read more. Will the streetcar end up being a metaphor for the outside forces pushing "progress" on the Latino businesses, or will it merely be pushing them aside?
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Almanac
    Entry Title: Neighborhood mobilizes to fight teacher housing project at Flood School site
    Entry Credit: Lloyd Lee, Cameron Rebosio, Angela Swartz
    Judge Comment: Land use stories are really about people. Your stories show that. This is the kind of local story that brings home to readers what changes in zoning and law mean to differing groups, to homeowners, to would-be renters, to teachers. And any story that reminds readers that teachers often can't afford to live where they teach does the community a valuable service.
  • Competition Comment: None