The Sacramento Bee has been honored with six awards for excellence by the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter. The annual contest recognizes outstanding contributions in news and feature writing, photography and community journalism, among other categories.
The Bee took top honors in six categories:
▪ “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, was named winner in the community journalism (print/online) category. Byer’s work on the series also won the photo essay category.
▪ Reporter Phillip Reese won the data visualization category for a series of provocative reports using interactive graphics to explore state and regional trends. The reports were created as part of The Bee’s online Data Tracker site.
▪ “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, won the explanatory reporting (print/online large division) category.
▪ “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 features and longform storytelling (print/online large division.)
▪ Photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. won the photojournalism single image category for “Bloody Clash,” capturing an emotionally charged and violent confrontation during a neo-Nazi rally at the California state Capitol in June.