California Watch Wins IRE Award

California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting won the Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism.

The award “recognizes the use of digital innovation in the gathering and/or delivery of watchdog and investigative news to its audience.”

The investigative reporting group won for “On Shaky Ground,” a series on the systemic failures by the state of California in ensuring public schools are seismically safe.

The award was presented on Saturday at the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference awards luncheon in Boston. Earlier this year, the IRE announced California Watch was the recipient of their medal in the multiplatform reporting category for the same 19-month series.

“This is an incredible honor and a big boost for our entire staff,” said editorial director Mark Katches.  “When you think of all the amazing investigative journalism done in the United States last year, it’s extremely gratifying to be singled out for this work.”

Previously on FishbowlLA:
Berkeley Journalists Shake Up California’s Public Schools