2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of the Environment ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: ‘Megaflood’ warnings resonate in Sonoma County, where historic floods have hit home
    Entry Credit: Mary Callahan
    Judge Comment: In-depth reporting covers the possibilities of bigger and more sustained storms wrought by climate change in a three-part series. Thorough reporting using multiple sources reveals the threats. Well done.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Daily Breeze
    Entry Title: DDT dumped off Peninsula went straight into ocean, not contained in barrels, EPA says
    Entry Credit: Michael Hixon
    Judge Comment: A frightening look at efforts to solve the mystery and blunt possible environmental damage of more than 27,000 barrels of waste materials, including DDT, dumped in coastal waters. Detailed coverage tells the story the public needs to know.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: Should logging of century-old redwoods continue in vast Mendocino County state forest?
    Entry Credit: Mary Callahan , Kent Porter, John Burgess
    Judge Comment: Exhaustive coverage in 23 stories of a clash between loggers, environmentalists, indigenous people and a state agency over proposed harvesting of several stands of redwood trees. Concerns about climate change are added in this chapter of the regional battle over redwood logging.
  • Competition Comment: These entries display tremendous commitment overall by publishers to critical environmental coverage requiring much time and space. Environmental coverage will be even more important as the expected effects of climate change take hold.