2022 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Open - Investigative Reporting ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Legal Weed, Broken Promises
    Entry Credit: Los Angeles Times Staff
    Judge Comment: The Times' comprehensive investigation into California's recreational marijuana market is the gold standard for this category. The reporting uncovered a seemingly endless list of problems through exhaustive legwork, analysis and teamwork. It is clear a lot of planning went into this series and the end result was a well-executed body of investigative journalism.
  • Place Name: Second 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 outlet went above and beyond in reporting on the poor air quality in the San Joaquin valley. The hands-on use of optical imaging cameras and profiling of an impacted family helped elevate this entry.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Palo Alto Weekly
    Entry Title: Fatal errors
    Entry Credit: Gennady Sheyner
    Judge Comment: A stellar entry among a trio of remarkable pieces of investigative journalism. The reporter's clear writing detailed not just this tragic incident but the broader safety issues facing Palo Alto utility workers. The story explains clearly what is known as well as the unexplained questions. The section at the end explaining what went into reporting this story was a great touch. Fabulous job.
  • Competition Comment: What an outstanding group of entries -- The 2nd and 3rd place finishers could've easily earned top honors in another year. Great job!