2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Health Coverage ( Dailies: 15,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
    Entry Title: Hunger grows as inflation spikes in Riverside, San Bernardino counties
    Entry Credit: Javier Rojas
    Judge Comment: Organized, well-written and well-reported series on food insecurity in California's Inland Empire. The strength of the stories comes from insightful interviews with a variety of people of different races, ages and backgrounds, whose comments help set the varied scenes. The reporter's use of quotes is smart and restrained; the anecdotes are emotional, the scenes are described in wonderful detail. This story relied on just the right amount of statistics and data, which gave important context for readers, as did the insights of the outside researcher/academician about a travesty that is occurring across the nation. The photos and charts were helpful, but most of all, the series was organized from the start, each part focusing on a specific problem. Nicely done.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: Hospital released mentally ill Paso Robles woman early. She was picked up by a sex offender
    Entry Credit: Sara Kassabian, David Middlecamp
    Judge Comment: The tragedy of a mentally ill young woman who keeps falling through the cracks of the public health system is a powerful story. Just when you think it can't get any worse, it does. The tight writing and thorough reporting does the job of leading readers to frightening scenes. The video of the mother talking about her daughter is powerful, as are the maps that show the distances the daughter has traveled. The photography is heartbreaking; the dirty mattress the young woman slept under to avoid abusers; the blackened soles of her feet on a hospital bed -- searing images. An emotionally tough story to do, but the writer succeeded.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: Out on the street with Redding's 'crisis cops'
    Entry Credit: Michele Chandler
    Judge Comment: Timely and informative piece on cops and social workers who are responding to 911 calls that involve the mentally ill. The strength of the story relies on the varied and detailed scenes. the quotes from conversations with the mentally ill or homeless, but also from the observations and insights of the teams that are trying to help these lost souls. Thorough reporting and straightforward writing made for a memorable story.
  • Competition Comment: All of the entries were interesting; even the shorter ones; each story raised important and thorny issues facing both patients and professionals in healthcare.