2022 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Public Service Journalism ( Weeklies: 4,301 - 11,000,Weeklies: 4,300 & under) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Petaluma Argus-Courier
    Entry Title: A yearslong fight over the fate of Petaluma's beloved Fairgrounds comes to a head: Impact shown in coverage, commentary and public response
    Entry Credit: Amelia Parreira, Tyler Silvy, Rebecca Wolff, Crissy Pascual
    Judge Comment: Amelia Parreira,Tyler Silvy, Rebecca Wolff and Crissy Pascual's 11-part entry on a yearslong fight over Petaluma's Fairgrounds is compelling public service. It's clear, inclusive and even-handed. This surely had the town talking and eagerly awaiting the Argus-Courier's next story.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Sonoma Index-Tribune
    Entry Title: Finding Shelter from Extreme Weather
    Entry Credit: Chase Hunter, Emily Charrier
    Judge Comment: Chase Hunter and Emily Charrier detailed Sonoma's untimely response to weather extremes, which trigger providing shelter for those without shelter. The result was a more reasoned response going forward. Special thanks to Charrier, editor and publisher of the Sonoma Index Tribune, for the background letter on this entry.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Black Voice News
    Entry Title: Starting Over - Every Exit is an Entrance
    Entry Credit: Breanna Reeves, Chris Allen, Kenneth Kipruto
    Judge Comment: Breanna Reeves' Starting Over series deeply reported what happens when a prisoner is released from prison and the new legislation that gives them a better second chance. Reeves' series would have been ranked higher if it had been submitted in its entirely, instead of just Part 1.
  • Competition Comment: None