2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of 2022 Elections ( Dailies: 15,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: SLO County District 2 supervisor election and recount
    Entry Credit: Stephanie Zappelli, Stephanie Finucane
    Judge Comment: The paper methodically lays out the circumstances that led to this election, including a rigged redistricting process, and provided important incremental updates about the process. The package is an important service to readers about the forces behind this election.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: Shasta County recall
    Entry Credit: Damon Arthur, David Benda
    Judge Comment: Instead of merely transcribing what the various candidates and stakeholders said throughout the recall race, these reporters provided clear, factual information disputing false assertions, and pointing out inconsistencies or a lack of evidence. This is the type of crucial sense-making that readers rely on in important, contentious elections like this one.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Napa Valley Register
    Entry Title: Napa sheriff's candidate Jon Crawford received $500,000 settlement
    Entry Credit: Howard Yune
    Judge Comment: By exposing a massive payout and the circumstances behind it, the reporter provided crucial context behind one candidate's departure from the department, and why it mattered for the upcoming election.
  • Competition Comment: None