Saturday, November 4, 2017

[Alameda County] East Bay Express Receives Best Media Reporting Award for Civil Grand Jury Coverage

Seaside, Calif., October 29, 2017. The California Grand Jurors’ Association has granted the Grand Jury Media Coverage Award to the East Bay Express, of the Oakland-Berkeley area, for its coverage of Alameda County Grand Jury reports over the past year.
In 2016, the East Bay Express clearly analyzed grand jury reports and regularly informed the public of their relevance to current government issues. The news outlet reported on the grand jury’s comprehensive investigation finding that a councilmember had a conflict of interest and used her elected position to influence an administrative decision by city staff. They covered the report’s finding regarding the email policy of the city of Berkeley as it pertains to the public’s right to know. In addition, the East Bay Express brought to light findings about expensive Oakland city waste contracts.
The annual Grand Jury Media Coverage Award program recognizes individuals and media that have created positive changes in their communities by increasing awareness of the California Grand Jury system. The award was presented on October 29 at the association’s 36th annual conference held in Seaside. Janet Clark (president) and Mike Henn of the Alameda County chapter of the association accepted the award for the East Bay Express.
The California Grand Jurors’ Association is a statewide nonprofit organization of former grand jurors with the mission “to promote, preserve and support the grand jury system through training, education and outreach.”

From left to right, Mike Henn and Janet Clark accepting the award from Barbara Sommer, chair of the association's Excellence in Reporting Subcommittee

Press release, California Grand Jurors’ Association
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