Excellence in Reporting Awards

Deadline for Nominations: June 30, 2019

WHAT YOU WILL NEED in order to submit a nomination online:
A.    Whether the nomination is for the A) Best Grand Jury report, B) Best Media Coverage award or C) Both
B.    County
C.    Date and title of the specific report being nominated for the Best Grand Jury report (if A or C)
D.    Name(s) of media outlet or reporter(s) nominated for the Best Media Coverage award (if B or C)
E.    Chapter, Association, or CGJA member (if no CGJA Chapter or Association) submitting the nomination
F.    Contact name (if different from above)
G.    Contact mailing address
H.    Contact telephone number
I.     Contact e-mail address
J.     Either online links (URLs) or electronic copies of supporting documentation for the following:
   1.    Nominated grand jury report (Best Grand Jury Report) and/or media outlet (Best Media Coverage award)
   2.    Official response(s) to the report by county agencies or individuals, as required by the investigation (for A or C)
   3.    Media coverage of the report (in all cases)
K.    Rationale: A brief explanation of why this nominee should receive the award

The criteria for the Best Grand Jury Reporting award include
Report quality -- legible, documented, succinct, complete, and understandable
Citizen Impact: Importance or severity of problem
Duration/persistence of the problem
Difficulty of the investigation - many agencies, bureaucratic interference (e.g., denials, subpoenas), etc.
Substantiated findings and recommendations within the report
Exposure of the report by the media, or response from the public
Documented success of the investigation

The criteria for Best Grand Jury Media Coverage award include
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

Boxes with astericks (*) are required information. If you have questions, please contact Barbara Sommer, Excellence in Reporting (EIR) Subcommittee Chair at basommer@ucdavis.edu or by phone at 530-756-7553. She will acknowledge receipt of the online nomination submission within a few days.

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For Award A or C
Provide URLs (links as needed) to the official (required) response(s) to the report, or e-mail as attachments (be sure to name county in e-mail subject line) to basommer@ucdavis.edu
For Award B and C
Provide links (web addresses) to supporting media coverage or submit copies to basommer@ucdavis.edu (as email attachments) in support of the nomination.