As gun control and gun-owners’ rights became one of the hottest issues in the nation, Josh Richman examined California’s long history of gun control. His thorough reporting won the January DFMie for the Bay Area News Group.
Oakland Press sports reporter Dan Fenner had just captured a dramatic, fourth-quarter comeback by Farmington Hills Harrison High School on video. With the high school basketball game apparently over, he turned his camera off — just in time to miss a Walled Lake Northern High School student sink a buzzer-beating three-point shot to win the game.
From the News-Herald in Willoughby, Ohio, we have a duo of great community engagement stories. In both, the newsroom was able to reach readers where they lived. The first set of encounters was digital; the second, real-world.
When Latin singer and Long Beach native Jenni Rivera died in a December plane crash, reporters and editors at the Los Angeles Daily News and Long Beach Press-Telegraph were ready for the intense task ahead of them. The California newsrooms did a great job of breaking the news of her death and memorializing the legacy of the 43-year-old Rivera, who sold more than 15 million albums in the U.S. and Mexico during her career. The work of the reporters and editors in covering the public grieving of her fans was comprehensive, tasteful and worthy of a DFMie
More than 6,000 fans came out to remember Rivera at a public memorial service, but for the thousands of other fans across the U.S. and the rest of the Spanish-speaking world, the Daily News provided respectful moment-by-moment coverage in the form of a thorough liveblog of the event. Journalists interviewed fans, captured social media reactions and posted photos and videos from the emotional tribute to “La Diva de la Banda.”
Death is always a difficult topic to approach, both in journalism and everyday life. That’s why Dai Sugano and Lisa Krieger’s ongoing Cost of Dying series at the San Jose Mercury News is such an impressive work of journalism, and more than worthy of a DFMie.