Jason Hoppin of the Santa Cruz Sentinel wins the DFMie for May in the Northern California cluster of Digital First Media. Hoppin wins for his analysis and reporting on local crime data.
A judge explained the choice of Hoppin’s stories for the award:
A story about a county with a high crime rate that does not send many to jail is very sexy. Not only was it a fine read, it’s a story that would open my eyes and really make me think if I’m a resident of that county. Good statistics to back it up, and the accompanying editorial just made it that much more solid.
Another judge added:
Definitely something the community should be aware of. The breakouts were informative and writing was well organized and kept my attention despite the length.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel is part of the Bay Area New Group for business purposes. But for editorial purposes, it is part of the Northern California cluster. Other NorCal finalists were the Chico Enterprise-Record staff for earthquake coverage and Richard Halstead of the Marin Independent Journal for coverage of a controversial local development plan.
Hoppin discusses his winning project.