2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Coverage of the Environment ( Dailies: 15,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Daily Press
    Entry Title: Coverage of Synagro compost fire
    Entry Credit: Charlie McGee
    Judge Comment: The in-depth reporting and care are so apparent in this series. Months of checking in with contacts and staying up-to-date on the ongoings of this fire show in every article submitted. The area is clearly no stranger to environmental horrors at the hands of big companies and you demonstrated that through your ongoing coverage. Great work, great photos and maps, too.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Visalia Times-Delta
    Entry Title: ‘Overlooked and underserved’: Tule River tribal leaders say they need help as water runs out
    Entry Credit: Sheyanne Romero
    Judge Comment: This is a very important story not only for the people of Tulare County, but for the tribes and tribal land. It shows that these communities continue to feel "othered" and can't get the necessary help they need from state leaders for the most basic necessities to survive. Great reporting, data, pull quotes and photos.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: ‘I’m afraid to use water’: Rural Paso Robles residents drill new wells as older ones dry up
    Entry Credit: Mackenzie Shuman, Sara Kassabian, David Middlecamp
    Judge Comment: These stories demonstrate how drought ripples through communities from dry wells at homes to how it can hinder the local economy. Both entires demonstrated strong writing, photos and graphics.
  • Competition Comment: All of the publications that submitted entries did a wonderful job. Each organizations should be immensely proud of their reporters, editors, copy editors, designers, online producers and photographers. These stories are all extremely valuable and really highlight what's going on all over the state. Our communities deal with global warming and various climate issues in different ways, and all these entries show that. I've learned a lot from these stories. Thank you to all the journalists who go out there and report on what our communities are facing day-in and day-out.