2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Land-Use Reporting ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Fresno Bee
    Entry Title: Yosemite officials forcing residents from El Portal Trailer Park
    Entry Credit: Carmen Kohlruss
    Judge Comment: Excellent long-term reporting effort with extensive research, and lots of faces making this real.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Sun
    Entry Title: Desert Sun: Massive warehouses come to the desert
    Entry Credit: Erin Rode, Ani Gasparyan
    Judge Comment: Tie-in to the billboards gives a broad group of people that 'I've seen that' moment that personalizes this reporting. This project is a great example of ongoing daily reporting that's developed into an impactful issue piece.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Ventura County Star
    Entry Title: Thomas Fire: Five years later, hundreds of empty lots remain
    Entry Credit: Cheri Carlson, Wes Woods
    Judge Comment: This story explains well the complicated process faced by fire victims in their efforts to rebuild and provides excellent information for homeowners in fire-prone areas. It also weaves excerpts from the fire experience into a fairly dry topic to make it really engaging. The digital graphics are full of important information that give scope to the story.
  • Competition Comment: It was hard to pick three entries from this well-reported, topically diverse lineup. The efforts that rose to the top were the most successful in reporting on the critically important topic of land use in a way that engaged the reader while giving depth, scope and put a face on topics that can by nature be dry, heavy reporting.