2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Health Coverage ( Dailies: 50,001 & over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: A world gone mad: Schizophrenia and a journey through California’s failed mental health system
    Entry Credit: Thomas Curwen
    Judge Comment: Curwen has put together a fascinating story about Anthony that seamlessly interweaves one man's battle with schizophrenia and homelessness with data and authoritative voices that explain what is happening to him and why. The fact that Anthony is one of so many like him on the street hammers home the point that society and government are failing to make significant inroads with an intractable crisis. The story rises with hope often enough that the reader is sure that there's a happy ending, a new path to help the homeless. Alas, that wasn't to be. But this story is a well-written slice of one man's struggles that, replicated thousands of times, show how difficult the situation on the street is. Sidebars on Meadowbrook and schizophrenia added depth to the package. Add this to the master class in writing.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: Lucy has a rare genetic disorder. Two doctors are leading the desperate hunt for a cure: her parents
    Entry Credit: Erin Allday
    Judge Comment: This is the kind of story that treads a fine line between heart-felt and maudlin. Allday does a good job at the former without slipping into the maudlin, explaining the terms and issues well. A very good read.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Vaccines vs. vitamins: COVID misinformation roils the worlds of wellness and nutrition
    Entry Credit: Laura Nelson
    Judge Comment: Good summary of the ongoing echo-chamber rationale in the vaccine wars. Well-written and easily understood. Would have liked one line on what changed Heather Simpson's mind, which could have opened a small section on why folks change their minds. Well-written sidebar explained the issue concisely.
  • Competition Comment: None