2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Business and the Economy ( Dailies: 50,001 & over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The San Diego Union-Tribune
    Entry Title: The woman who swindled San Diego
    Entry Credit: Lori Weisberg, Greg Moran
    Judge Comment: This story was engaging, well-written, and well-sourced. I read it from beginning to end—both parts—without needing to take a break. The structure made it easy to follow, with details and data peppered throughout. She impacted so many lives over so many years. Ponzi schemes always blow me away: True crime meets business.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: The hidden costs of free money apps
    Entry Credit: Laurence Darmiento
    Judge Comment: An obviously important deep dive into the pitfalls of fast cash, telling the bigger story about an unregulated new industry through the lens of one cash app. The story is well-written and engaging about an issue that will continue needing more light on it in the future.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: He worked from home and died suddenly. Five days passed before his body was found
    Entry Credit: Kiera Feldman
    Judge Comment: I really loved this story. It was a poignant look at the pitfalls of working post-pandemic, and the unintended consequences of isolation.
  • Competition Comment: This was a tough category to judge. Most of the entries were well-written, thoughtful stories on topics that were relevant, important, and engaging. Stories were well-sourced, topical, and focused on local issues. It gave me hope for the future of journalism and the storytelling power our larger metro papers have held onto and still deem as important in the face of chasing clicks and SEO optimization. For the future, it would be good for CNPA to specify what a "series" is. It seemed that papers turned in a "series" of stories by grouping together articles that coalesced around the same topic, but weren't necessarily intentionally written as a series.