2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Health Coverage ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: Domestic violence turns fatal
    Entry Credit: Cathie Anderson
    Judge Comment: This was a real eye-opener, and potentially a great public service. More public-facing agencies, especially in public safety and health, need to be aware of what a strangulation attempt signifies, and be on the lookout for victims and their abusers.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Ventura County Star
    Entry Title: Families allege military medical mistakes killed love ones
    Entry Credit: Tom Kisken
    Judge Comment: This story generated palpable outrage in almost every paragraph.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: Monkeypox
    Entry Credit: Cathie Anderson
    Judge Comment: Although the piece underplayed the discrimination at work here, it effectively spotlighted the role pharmacies play in public health, and how reimbursement decisions by private insurers can undermine a public-health campaign.
  • Competition Comment: There was a lot of good work on display here -- in-depth reporting, excellent use of data, and writing that connected to the emotional heart of these stories. Many of these pieces also shone a spotlight on larger societal problems through the experiences of members of their local communities. The three winners did so in an especially effective way, bringing home some outrageous failings and/or injustices of the U.S. healthcare system.