2022 California Journalism Awards - Digital Division

Public Service Journalism ( Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First 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: Excellent two-part story about the flaws of emissions regulation. Well-written and presented with photos; the use of infrared images was a nice touch. The immediate outcome – resignations from an oversight board – shows impact of the reporting but, unfortunately for residents of the area suffering lung ailments, not progress on the problem itself, a matter for ongoing reporting.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Fresnoland
    Entry Title: Fresno County's Measure C
    Entry Credit: Gregory Weaver, Danielle Bergstrom
    Judge Comment: Fresnoland’s coverage of this significant spending issue – nearly $7 billion that will impact the county’s transportation planning for a generation – gave the public the opportunity to keep abreast of a topsy-turvy debate over priorities. Besides the day-to-day coverage, Fresnoland provided an explainer ahead of Election Day that clearly and succinctly set out the issues and what’s at stake. This major decision by voters needed such coverage and Fresnoland provided it.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: California Local
    Entry Title: Santa Cruz Rail Trail ‘Tracker’
    Entry Credit: Jonathan Vankin, Chris Neklason, Eric Johnson
    Judge Comment: One-stop shopping for readers interested in this local issue. A model for presenting comprehensive information on a subject of public interest – a contentious one – from all kinds of angles and all kinds of sources. Allows readers to access journalism as well as primary sources, a nod to the “do your own research” approach. All of it is in easily digested writing and images. Informative and inviting through expert use of media.
  • Competition Comment: Solid competition in this category. What's impressive besides the topics of public interest are the journalistic qualities that make these stories interesting and compelling to readers outside of the publications' geographic areas. They should spark interest in applying their investigations, methods and presentation elsewhere in the state.