The staff of California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting was named today as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the local reporting category for exposing regulatory breakdowns in the way seismic safety standards are met at public schools.
It’s been nearly two months since California Watch published its "On Shaky Ground" series on seismic safety in California’s public schools, but the stories’ publication did not mark the end of our efforts to cover the issue and engage Californians.
Next month California Watch reporters, editors and interns will once again spread out to coffeehouses across the state for an Open Newsroom event. We’re still narrowing down the locations, but there’s one thing we’ve decided: the guest of honor, and that’s you!
The California Watch team is taking a coffee break, and you’re invited. Next Monday, Oct. 4, our reporters, editors and interns will fan out to coffeehouses across the state for our second Open Newsroom event.
A year ago today, California Watch published its first story online – a piece about questionable homeland security grant spending. The story ran on the front page of 25 newspapers and reached more than 1.8 million newspaper subscribers. The broad reach blew us away.