2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Public Service Journalism ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Fresno Bee
    Entry Title: Care & Conflict: Investigation of Community Medical Centers
    Entry Credit: Yesenia Amaro
    Judge Comment: Powerful reporting into conflicts of interests and governance at a large medical center. It shined a light into powerful people and their business interests.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: Sonoma State University sexual harassment and retaliation scandal
    Entry Credit: Kaylee Tornay, Martin Espinoza, Marisa Endicott, Andrew Graham, Austin Murphy
    Judge Comment: Press Democrat reporters aggressively reported the $600,000 settlement for sexual harassment, a payment that ensnared the president of Sonoma State University and showed how power and privilege were operating in the shadows at a public university where the president and her husband were community royalty.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Sacramento Bee
    Entry Title: Police pursuit
    Entry Credit: Jason Pohl, Kevin Nguyen, Phillip Reese, Ryan Sabalow
    Judge Comment: This is the epitome of public-service reporting. Following the death of a 16-year-old resulting from a police chase for a minor traffic violation, Bee reporters built a database that showed Sacramento had the highest pursuit rate among California's 10 largest cities. The most commonly cited offenses were taking a vehicle without consent and speeding, hardly violent crimes worth of a dangerous police chase.
  • Competition Comment: None