2022 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

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  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: The Canopy
    Entry Credit: Savanna Smith
    Judge Comment: The Canopy breaks down the wall between journalists and their audience by inviting the reader into Savanna's life -- whether her miserable bout of COVID or her adventurous move to Sacramento -- while still giving the reader a healthy dose of hard news, analysis and feature reporting. Her writing style is friendly and engaging, drawing a reader in like friends catching up over a weekend cup of coffee. I also loved how she directly quotes from The Sacramento Bee's stories before linking to them.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Boiling Point
    Entry Credit: Sammy Roth
    Judge Comment: Boiling Point does an outstanding job of connecting its audience to the complex, often-overwhelming topic of climate and the environment -- effectively breaking down the jargon and helping a reader understand why they should care. I appreciated the conversational writing and ability to draw the reader in, bringing them alongside Sammy as he tours a reservoir or the state's hottest county.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: CalMatters
    Entry Title: What Matters
    Entry Credit: Emily Hoeven
    Judge Comment: I was impressed by the design, quality of writing and wide variety of topics featured in this engaging and useful newsletter. The bullet points help draw a reader in and focus on the most important parts of the day's news, especially important for readers looking for bite-size information and quick access to California's top headlines.
  • Competition Comment: None