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12th Annual California Journalism Awards

Lunch and Plenary Session with California Education Reporters

Friday, September 22, 2006, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

The Center for California Studies established the California Journalism Awards to recognize, encourage and reward excellence in reporting of California state government and politics.

Awards:

The Center for California Studies established the California Journalism Awards to recognize, encourage and reward excellence in reporting of California state government and politics.

and the winners are...

Print Journalism
John Jacobs Awards for excellence in daily coverage, and excellence in special feature or enterprise reporting

  • Print special feature/enterprise reporting:Douglas Fischer, Oakland Tribune won for an ongoing series, "A Body's Burden: Our Chemical Legacy." The Tribune's series presents the first data on environmental contaminants in a U.S. family, describes how those chemicals seep into our bodies and explores a possible link to rising rates of cancer and other ailments.

  • Print daily coverage: John Gittelsohn, The Orange County Registerwon for his story on the politics behind a failed solar energy bill. Senate Bill 1, the Million Solar Roofs Initiative, started 2005 with support from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers and, according to polls, 76 percent of California voters. Its demise, as chronicled by The Orange County Register in "Politics Obscures the Sun," showed how partisanship and special interests sabotaged policymaking in Sacramento. 
Radio Journalism
For excellence in radio reporting
  • Scott Shafer , KQED Public Radiowon for two stories: As the governor considered clemency for Tookie Williams, the report "A Question of Clemency," examined the case for clemency, the political considerations for Gov. Schwarzenegger and the role of clemency in history. The second report, "Shelley's Communication Crisis," is an examination of how politicians manage (or mismanage) communications during a crisis. It featured comparisons of former California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley's reactions to allegations he misused state funds with Gov. Schwarzenegger's handling of sexual harassment allegations in his first campaign, and Richard Nixon's famous "Checkers Speech" when he was a vice presidential candidate.

Television Journalism
For excellence in television reporting
  • Hank Plante , KPIX Television for reports on Gov. Schwarzenegger. "Arnold Incorporated," a two-part series looked at the enormous fund-raising machine established by the governor. Much of the money came from the same "special interests" which he campaigned against in the recall election. The report confronted him on camera with his own words which decried the influence of money in politics, and he was asked if he could "connect the dots" between his contributors and his legislative decisions.

Student Journalism
Katherine M. Macdonald Award for excellence in print, radio or television journalism by a college or university student journalist.
  • Kristin Mayer, University of Southern California, Daily Trojan, whose investigative reporting detailed a hit-and-run accident that killed a USC student near campus.

Click HERE to view the 12th Annual Journalism Awards brochure (PDF)

Click HERE to view the 12th Annual Journalism Awards submission requirements.


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