2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Breaking News ( Dailies: 15,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: Kristin Smart verdicts
    Entry Credit: Chloe Jones, Stephanie Zappelli, Laura Dickinson, Kaytlyn Leslie, John Lynch
    Judge Comment: The Tribune's commitment to covering the biggest criminal trial on the Central Coast in a generation shone through in its breaking news output on the day of the verdicts. The newspaper and its website delivered for their readers, with an authoritative account that ranged from the courtroom to the community and the Cal Poly campus. The use of new photos and old file shots, video and sidebars with reaction from the family and other key players gave readers multiple entry points needed to understand this singular moment after 26 years of waiting. The editorial and the story on the split verdicts showed the newspaper upholding its prized role, delving back into the news to explain its significance and nuance. This breaking news coverage was better for the beat reporting that fueled it, stretching back months, and for the deep knowledge at The Tribune about one of the darkest moments in SLO County history. A tough job very well done for this team of journalists.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: Peter Fire in Anderson
    Entry Credit: Record Searchlight staff
    Judge Comment: The use of lucid, field-based reporting, plus vivid photography and videos, distinguished this wildfire coverage by the Record Searchlight. It illustrates the kind of knowledgeable breaking news storytelling that the best local journalists excel at in such important moments: The paper showed not just where the fire had hit, but who it had affected and how the devastation would impact their community. Those stories, no doubt, have served as benchmarks in the recovery now going forward.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Visalia Times-Delta
    Entry Title: 'No family should have to endure a loss like that': 3 arrests made in Visalia triple homicide
    Entry Credit: Sheyanne Romero
    Judge Comment: Sheyanne Romero's engaged writing and the Times-Delta's sharp photography and video give this coverage a gripping power worthy of the terrible crimes that befell this community. The editors helped craft these reports to make the significance of each law enforcement breakthrough immediately clear, and the designers employed visuals and other entry points to make the coverage more visceral and comprehensive.
  • Competition Comment: None