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S.F. Chronicle coverage honored in 2022 California Journalism Awards

S.F. Chronicle coverage honored in 2022 California Journalism Awards

The San Francisco Chronicle took home a total of 43 honors in this year’s California Journalism Awards, including first places for photography, feature writing, arts & entertainment coverage and the layout and design of www.sfchronicle.com. 

The awards are given annually by the California News Publishers Association, a nonprofit trade organization that represents print and digital media. They are among the most prestigious journalism awards in the state. The Chronicle placed first for the front page layout and design of sfchronicle.com. Judges called it “the preeminent news site homepage in California.” 

“The Chronicle newsroom prides itself on providing Bay Area residents with the essential information, across a broad array of topics, that they need to live their lives,” said Chronicle Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz. “These awards, combined with the others we have won this spring, demonstrate how well we have done that.”

Features and writing were among the standout categories for The Chronicle. In the Print division, reporter Jason Fagone won first place in writing for “The Jessica Simulation,” a longform story about a man who used an A.I. chatbot to simulate conversations with his dead fiancee. Former Chronicle reporter Lizzie Johnson’s story on a formerly incarcerated man’s path to become a firefighter won in the category of wildfire feature coverage.