2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Open - In-Depth Reporting ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over,Weeklies: 11,001 - 25,000,Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & under,Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Los Angeles Times
    Entry Title: Legal Weed, Broken Promises
    Entry Credit: Los Angeles Times Staff
    Judge Comment: Through exhaustive research, boots-on-the-ground reporting, in-depth record searches and data analysis, the team behind this series masterfully documented the conflicts, corruptions and complicated realities engulfing California’s cannabis industry — illegal and legal. Heartwrenching details of lives lost and upended by cannabis expertly illuminated a complex, intertwined series of issues. The photography, graphics and online presentations impressively elevated the storytelling. Brian van der Brug’s cinematic images gave readers an unflinching, intimate look at the people and places most affected by the cannabis industry. Congratulations to all who worked on this important, impactful and memorable series.
  • Competition Comment: Outstanding efforts by all. Truly impressive and inspiring work -- each entry underscored the importance of dedicated journalists everywhere.