Excellence in Reporting Award

Excellence in Reporting (EIR) Awards

Excellence in Grand Jury Reporting and/or Excellence
in Grand Jury Media Coverage

See Past Awards for a listing of past recipients.

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

2017 EIR Award Nominations
Grand Jury Reporting Award 


Grand Jury Report



6/26/15  Human Trafficking

As a result of the report, efforts were coordinated at the county level to target this crime and obtain appropriate treatment for those affected. Citizens were educated in the need for vigilence.


2017 Winner

6/30/16  Role of the Office of Emergency Services in County Disaster Preparedness

Devastating fires in the summer of 2015 affected everyone in the county. The response (and Grand Jury report) highlighted the complexity and critical nature of disaster preparedness.

Grand Jury Media Coverage Award 


Grand Jury Report



2017 Winner

Five articles in 2016

The East Bay Express provides its readers with rigorous coverage of Grand Jurt reports. In 2016, the paper clearly analyzed Grand Jury reports and regularly informed the public of their relevance to current government issues.


Award criteria

Grand Jury Reporting Award
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

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 News Media 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

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 (2012-2016) -- thereby allowing sufficient time for responses and implementation).
Nominations must be submitted online by going to this link:

Detailed instructions and Link to NOMINATION FORM