The Inland Press Association, a national newspaper industry group, has honored The Sacramento Bee with multiple awards in its 2016 Newsroom Contests. The annual awards, judged by journalism schools around the country, recognize outstanding contributions in news writing, photography, design and digital journalism, among other categories.
The Bee was awarded first place in four categories:
▪ Reporters Sam Stanton and Diana Lambert took first place in the investigative reporting category for a series of exposés on former UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi that culminated in her resignation this year.
▪ “Homeless in Sacramento: A Death on the Streets,” a feature by Cynthia Hubert about the life and death of Sacramento resident Genevieve Lucchesi, took first place for personality profile.
▪ “No Safe Place,” an in-depth package of stories by reporter Stephen Magagnini, photographer Renée C. Byer and videographer Jessica Koscielniak about the plight of Afghan refugees in Sacramento, won for creative use of multimedia storytelling. Byer’s work on the series also took first place in the picture story category.
The Bee took second-place honors in four additional categories.
▪ “Data Tracker,” a collection of online databases and interactive features by reporters Phillip Reese and Jim Miller, took second place for online innovation.
▪ “The Silas Project,” a narrative series by reporter Peter Hecht about a Northern California couple who turned to experimental marijuana treatments in hopes of relieving their young son’s epilepsy, was honored for explanatory reporting.
▪ “After the Inferno,” a photograph by Paul Kitagaki Jr. capturing the emotional fallout from the 2015 Valley Fire in Lake County, was honored in the news picture category.
▪ A compilation of four front pages placed second in the front-page contest.