2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of Youth and Education ( Weeklies: 4,300 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Calaveras Enterprise
    Entry Title: Youth Mental Health Series
    Entry Credit: Marie-Elena Schembri
    Judge Comment: Overall, Schembri did a great job gathering details/facts to show readers what the issues are facing kids, what’s being done to address those problems . . . and why some issues can’t be addressed. This is the kind of balanced, in-depth community journalism that communities so desperately need.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Ark
    Entry Title: Strawberry girl’s small business serves up homemade dog treats
    Entry Credit: Emily Lavin
    Judge Comment: This story is a nice example of a local kid doing something good, a feel-good tale that just might inspire another budding entrepreneur to give their own business dreams a shot.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Santa Clara Weekly
    Entry Title: Paraeducators File Safety Complaint Over Hazardous Working Conditions
    Judge Comment: Carolyn Schuk’s well-balanced reporting raises valid concerns, and includes answers to questions readers would have asked. The Santa Clara Weekly would be wise to keep digging into this story. If change is warranted, it won’t happen until the defenseless are given a voice.
  • Competition Comment: There were several good contenders in this category, including 2 that didn't make it into the top 3 but are among the top 5. There were some entries that didn't make sense to me for this category as they appear be briefs with photos, not full stories.