SLO Tribune wins 27 journalism awards in California

An air tanker falls near the 101 freeway on the Cuesta Grade.

An air tanker falls near the 101 freeway on the Cuesta Grade.

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The Tribune won 27 awards in the 2021 California News Publishers Association journalism competition, 15 of which were first or second place honors.

The awards represent a wide range of coverage, from public service and breaking news to opinion and photography. The winning entries were selected from nearly 2,500 applicants.

The California Journalism Awards represent the best reporting in the state, from the smallest news website to the largest metropolitan newspaper.

In the CNPA Print Contest, The Tribune competed in the 15,000 and under category, where it won the majority of prizes. The media organization also received a few accolades in the digital competition, including third place for overall online excellence.

“These awards represent the commitment and dedication of every single person in The Tribune’s newsroom,” said Tribune Editor-in-Chief Joe Tarica. “They recognize a passion, a tenacity and a ferocity to tell the vital stories San Luis Obispo County readers need. And they prove that, whatever the challenges, independent and responsible journalism is alive and well on the Central Coast.

Here’s a look at the full list of awards won by The Tribune:

First place

Report or series of information on the company: Jennifer Schmidt and David Middlecamp, “Life on the San Andreas: Tiny Parkfield Is Steadfast as ‘Earthquake Capital of the World'”

Editorial comment: Stephanie Finucane, ‘Paso Robles School Board President Picks White Male Pastor Because Diversity Doesn’t Matter’

Agricultural report: Mackenzie Shuman, “Will Offshore Wind Harm Morro Bay’s Fishing Industry?” ‘We’re basically screwed'”

Wildfire Feature Coverage: Kathe Tanner, “Raging Dolan Fire invaded the fireman and his team. Now a SLO County man is fighting to recover”

Artistic photo: David Middlecamp, surfer walking on Pismo Beach

Photo of forest fire: David Middlecamp, Fire Retardant Drop on Cuesta Grade

Sports report photo: Laura Dickinson, kayaker surfing in Cayucos

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Dave Mock comes out to surf north of the Pismo Beach pier as shorebirds seek dinner on Pismo clams that had surfaced at extreme low tide on the evening of Nov. 18, 2021. David Middlecamp [email protected]

The second place

Public Service: Lindsey Holden, San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors Redistricting Map Cover, “SLO County Redistricting Map Boosts Republican Advantage, Tribune Analysis Says”

Editorial comment: Stephanie Finucane, “3 Ruthless Supervisors Just Pushed SLO County 10 More Years Under Republican Rule”

Local government coverage: Sara Kassabian, David Middlecamp and Laura Dickinson, “SLO County Adoptive Children Sometimes Sleep in Offices as Family Shortage Reaches Crisis”

Writing: Kaytlyn Leslie, “The semi-wild dog lived on a hill above the SLO neighborhood for years – and became a beloved mascot”

Youth and education coverage: Mackenzie Shuman, “Someone defecated on a Pride flag at Paso Robles High. Now LGBTQ students are speaking out”

Business news coverage: Mackenzie Shuman, “SLO County Sportfishing Operators Say New Emissions Rules Could Put Them Out of Bankruptcy”

Land Use Reports: Mackenzie Shuman, “State Parks Offers a Spectacular New Vision for Oceano Dunes. Here’s What He’s Planned”

Recent news: Staff, January 2021 Storms Coverage, “Live Updates: Fallen Trees, Debris Cover Roads in SLO County as Rain Continues”

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A kayaker successfully navigates a wave on a hot Saturday in Cayucos on Nov. 27, 2021. Surfers took advantage of onshore winds and a dizzying swell. Laura Dickinson [email protected]

Third place

General Online Excellence: Personal

Writing: Kaytlyn Leslie and Kathe Tanner, “’Like a Bomb Exploded.’ How a perfect storm sent Big Sur Highway 1 crashing into the sea »

Youth and education coverage: Mackenzie Shuman, “Morro Bay teacher misused club funds, investigation finds, then paid $48,000 to quit”

Local government coverage: Nick Wilson and David Middlecamp, “Is Homelessness in SLO Getting Worse?” Here’s what community members, managers are saying »

Reportage: Jennifer Schmidt and David Middlecamp, “Life on the San Andreas: Tiny Parkfield Is Steadfast as ‘Earthquake Capital of the World'”

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Quarterbacks do passing drills in a park in Morro Bay. Morro Bay High football coach Jake Goossen-Brown has formed a new club football team to play 7-a-side touch football to replace a season lost to coronavirus. This image won fifth place for Best Sports Feature Photo. David Middlecamp [email protected]

Fourth place

Profile history: Nick Wilson, “How This 23-Year-Old Cal Poly Student Became A Respected SLO Racial Justice Leader”

Youth and education coverage: Mackenzie Shuman, “How safe is Cal Poly at night?” Dark areas and Kristin Smart’s story have some students worried”

fifth place

Coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic: Nick Wilson, ‘We’ll Never Forget Them’: SLO County Doctor Couple Offer Insight into Pandemic Emergencies »

In-depth report: Matt Fountain, Kaytlyn Leslie, Lindsey Holden and Nick Wilson, “Live Updates: Paul Flores Arrested on Suspicion of Kristin Smart’s Murder, Sheriff Says”

Sports report: Nick Wilson, ‘SLO County One-Handed Softball Player Brings ‘So Much Energy,’ Says Head Coach”

Sports report photo: David Middlecamp, football training at Morro Bay

Video journalism, news: David Middlecamp, “SLO County Firefighter Recovers From Injuries at Dolan Fire”

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