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Capital & Main Wins 37 California Journalism Awards

The statewide competition awarded Capital & Main the top prize for online investigative reporting.




Photojournalist Ted Soqui won a first place prize for this shot of an LAPD cruiser set on fire during the George Floyd protests last summer. Soqui won a total of eight California Journalism Awards.

Capital & Main has won a total of 37 California Journalism Awards in the digital division, including best in-depth reporting, best investigative reporting and best feature photo, the California News Publishers Association announced Tuesday.

The CNPA’s annual California Journalism Awards recognize some of the best journalism produced by newspapers and online news organizations in the state of California.

Capital & Main journalist Dan Ross took home three first-place awards, two for his investigation into a cleanup “marked by confusion and shifting goalposts” at a troubled battery recycling facility, entitled “The Slow-Motion Cleanup of L.A.’s Exide Mess,” and another for a series he co-authored with publisher Danny Feingold that included the story “When COVID-19 Hit L.A. Nursing Homes, Where Was the County’s Department of Public Health?” The judges described the investigation into the Los Angeles health department’s response to these early COVID-19 outbreaks as “well-sourced, well-explained reporting [that] helped set this entry apart in a strong category of entrants.”

The website won first place for home page layout and design. The judges noted Capital & Main’s “excellent use of color and typography,” as well as its ”intriguing stories with strong headlines” and “nice use of photo illustration.”

The following is a complete list of the awards Capital & Main earned from CNPA for reporting in 2020:

First place among all digital publications:

First place among similar-sized news websites:

Second place among similar-sized websites:

Third place among similar-sized websites:

Fourth place among similar-sized websites:

Fifth place among similar-sized websites:


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