Excellence in Reporting Award

Excellence in Grand Jury Reporting (EIR) Award and/or Excellence in Grand Jury Media Coverage Award


Nominations period for the current year is closed.

View all 2019 EIR Award Nominations.  See Past Awards for a listing of past recipients.

See the 2019 EIR Award co-winning reports from Alameda County on Oakland's $860 Million Crisis: Unfunded Retiree Healthcare and from Shasta County on The Quarter Million Dollar Typo.

See the 2019 EIR Award for Grand Jury Media Coverage from the Record Searchlight on The Quarter Million Dollor Typo.

When the awards are announced:
The annual awards, with appropriate recognition, are presented at the CGJA Annual Conference in the fall of every year.

Award criteria

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Grand Jury Reporting Award:
Significance of the issue, topic rationale.
Clear description of the investigation.
Findings follow from facts, recommendations based on the findings.
Clarity of the language, objectivity and fairness.
Identified problems accompanied by suggested means for resolution.
Impact on the citizenry.
Difficulty of the investigation.
Media coverage.
Agency acknowledgement.
Changes resulting from the report.

Grand Jury Media Coverage Award:
Nominations may be based on the coverage of a specific grand jury report or on the overall
coverage given to a grand jury throughout the year.

The criteria for the Media Coverage Award include:
Increasing public awareness and understanding of the grand jury system
Increasing public awareness of a specific grand jury investigation
Improved public understanding of the issue investigated
Community awareness of the outcome of a grand jury investigation

Download the Best Report evaluation form (PDF)

Requirements and limitations:
Nominations may be made only by a CGJA Chapter or Association for its county. Where there is no Chapter or Association, nominations may be made by a CGJA member who resides in the county.  A county may nominate only one grand jury report and one news media coverage topic per year. A single grand jury report may be the subject of both awards.  The nominated report must have been published within the preceding five years -- thereby allowing sufficient time for responses and implementation.