2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

In-Depth Reporting ( Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: North Coast Journal
    Entry Title: Title IX
    Entry Credit: Thadeus Greenson
    Judge Comment: Brilliantly executed in-depth coverage of one college’s failure to stand behind sexual assault victims and the fallout from the college president’s mischaracterization of Title IX objectives. Thadeus Greenson of the North Coast Journal amplified one victim’s voice and asked all of the right questions of every relevant source to adeptly report out the story. He built the story from extensive research and impressive access to sources, documents and data. Only after the first story’s publication did the college president attempt to walk back his problematic statements from an event that occurred months earlier. Compelling coverage of events that riled the university faculty, and prompted a swell of public support for the since-transferred student athlete in story No. 1 and a visit to the college by risk-assessment attorneys.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Palo Alto Weekly
    Entry Title: Battling bias
    Entry Credit: Gennady Sheyner
    Judge Comment: A treasure trove of data is worth little if it can’t be reported simply. Gennady Sheyner, Kevin Legnon and Kristin Brown of Palo Alto Weekly deliver the goods with their smart analysis, humanization and visualization of RIPA data, giving residents a helpful view of how police bias may factor into traffic stop interactions, from who to stop, to how long to stop them and how race is perceived, among other slicing and dicing. It isn’t accusatory, and even includes what experts perceive as unreliable about the data and its methodology, giving additional credibility to this coverage. The report doesn’t stop there. It considers how police are training and what solutions the future may hold. It’s a well-conceived package that makes the most of the data, assessing the true impact of the numbers and considering what the community may yet be able to change.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Palo Alto Weekly
    Entry Title: Will new laws stop the thieves?
    Entry Credit: Sue Dremann
    Judge Comment: Deeply reported story about the near-epidemic level of catalytic converter thefts captures the frustrations of car owners, police and lawmakers. Sue Dremann humanizes the inconvenience and expense of replacing the sought-after parts, and details the measures car owners are taking to protect their property when all else fails.
  • Competition Comment: Outstanding work in this category. These winners found the right balance of deeply researched, high-interest topics and compelling storytelling no reader could put down.