2022 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Public Service Journalism ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Long Beach Post
    Entry Title: Locked Out: Homelessness in Long Beach
    Entry Credit: All Staff
    Judge Comment: Homelessness can seem intractable, but this reporting by the Long Beach Post follows the money and pursues questions many readers would share, delivering answers through detailed reporting that goes several levels deep. Among them, why and how programs fail: As the Post shows this happens through human decisions, with consequences for people left without help. The man living in his car with his dog because of shelter rules and bureaucratic blindness, the disabled former stunt woman aided by her community -- these stories, in their depth and detail, supplement the financial and policy reporting in the Post's series. Through compelling video and well-drawn narrative, the stories amplify possible paths forward and prompt attention, some action and, no doubt, broader awareness of what homelessness involves today.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: EdSource
    Entry Title: California's Reading Dilemma
    Entry Credit: EdSource Staff
    Judge Comment: Tremendously important reporting that describes not just a problem in early education but also the decisions California school districts are making and the people who are accountable for those choices.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: San Jose Spotlight
    Entry Title: The fight to save a Silicon Valley food pantry
    Entry Credit: Lorraine Gabbert, Jana Kadah
    Judge Comment: By highlighting the immediate problem (a city bureaucracy seemingly working against the public interest) and larger civic issues behind it, the San Jose Spotlight helped people get the food they need from one food pantry -- and, quite possibly, raised awareness of other needs.
  • Competition Comment: Californians are fortunate to have local news outlets so committed to serving communities and readers. These entries reflect exhaustive work, a focus on human impact, and the best skills of journalism that aims to look beyond the heat of political rhetoric to identify the roots of problems and the solutions that might rise from these insights. Kudos to all.