2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

In-Depth Reporting ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Monterey County Weekly
    Entry Title: The Regional Housing Needs Allocation process
    Entry Credit: Pam Marino
    Judge Comment: Pam showed a mastery of this complex topic, reporting and writing with confidence, power, fairness, completeness and impact. Her very hard work at deep research and background digging on this very complex topic deserved 1st place. Well done on this series. Thank you.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: New Times
    Entry Title: Not So Sunny
    Entry Credit: Bulbul Rajagopal
    Judge Comment: This story was very well-researched, but what really stood out to me was the depth of sourcing and interviews as well as the fairness that the reporter utilized in the coverage. This is an important topic, a microcosm of a wider issue nationally, and he hit all the bases with his article. I placed this 2nd in light of the winner having a much deeper level of research; but that said, this was a great article and well done. Thank you.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Examiner
    Entry Title: Industrial Activity in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point
    Entry Credit: Jessica Wolfrom
    Judge Comment: Despite my disagreements with the idea of "environmental racisim," and also feeling that fairness was missing from this series, the reporter did an excellent job of research and background work on this topic and three articles. The presentation was excellent. I dropped this to third because it lacked fairness and seemed to target few companies who frankly were not breaking any laws by the reporter's admission in stories. Either way: a mastery of writing was evident, she worked very hard to research this series and it was no question a top three entry. Thank you.
  • Competition Comment: This was a very deep class of quality entries, with six of the 12 entries getting a score of 7 or higher in my judging. There were some excellent in-depth reports on important topics to readers and residents of these paper's communities. I appreciated the hard work, deep research, well-done sourcing and high impact of the top six entrants; especially the top three. I felt my choice as winner - Pam Marino in my judgement - defined the term, "in-depth" reporting to a "T." Great job by all and thank you for allowing me to take part in this excellent competition of great journalism.