2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Health Coverage ( Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Comstock's Magazine
    Entry Title: Older, Better, Faster, Stronger
    Entry Credit: Russell Nichols
    Judge Comment: This is top notch reporting by Russell Nichols. It's a timely story about the challenges of and innovations taking place around aging but reads like a novel in that the story unfolds gracefully and you can't put it down. Nichols' research is deep and thorough. Great work!
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Comstock's Magazine
    Entry Title: Meet Dr. Robot
    Entry Credit: Russell Nichols
    Judge Comment: Another first-rate story by Russell Nichols. It was difficult to choose between this and "Older, Better, Faster, Stronger" for first place. Again, the research is deep and thorough. Nichols introduces readers to a subject - innovations in surgical robotics and the questions around them - that could have very easily devolved into wonky, inside baseball tedium. In his hands though this reads easily and pulls us in, which is not easy given the subject matter. Extremely well written, researched, and presented. Very impressive work.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Coachella Valley Independent
    Entry Title: Better Health: DAP Launches the Coachella Valley’s First Syringe-Service (Needle-Exchange) and Harm-Reduction Program
    Entry Credit: Jimmy Boegle
    Judge Comment: Excellent reporting by Jimmy Boegle on an often-misunderstood subject that is nonetheless vital to public health. Boegle's clear, conversational style makes it easy to understand why we should all care about needle exchange and Narcan programs. Great work!
  • Competition Comment: This was a very difficult category to judge. All the entries were fantastic examples of high-quality health writing. I hope all the non-winning writers will submit again next year, because all their stories were award worthy.