2022 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

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  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Her illegal abortion paved the way for Roe. 56 years later she shares her story
    Entry Credit: Brittny Mejia, Jackeline Luna, Irfan Khan
    Judge Comment: None
  • Competition Comment: This story rises on careful detail in the reporting and gentle grace in the writing and visual journalism, taking readers into a story that’s about people rather than politics even as it relates events that changed abortion law. That care shows in the background work as well as in reconstructing the experience of one couple whose unassuming lives became part of history in the United States, amplifying developments decades past as well as the current debate over reproductive freedom. Reporter Brittny Mejia, videographer Jackeline Luna and photojournalist Irfan Khan use their craft in understated yet powerful ways to take readers into these lives, and those of a crusading physician and other important characters in the story, in ways that bring home simple truths on a complex topic. Yet even while focusing on people who were pioneers in the quest to make abortion legal, the story doesn’t itself crusade, embracing that complexity in a story that makes their subjects’ experience fresh again in the context of one of our nation’s most difficult and divisive debates.