In summary

CALmatters is a finalist for the Online News Association’s 2018 OJA Awards.

UPDATED: September 17, 2018.

CALmatters’ explainer on California’s high housing costs won a first-place award Saturday from the Online News Association.

NPR producer Niala Boodhoo, host of the award ceremony in Austin, Tex.: “The judges felt the winning package made excellent use of data, graphics and visualizations to clearly explain a complex, multi-layered problem in an engaging and easy to digest presentation.”

Californians: Here’s Why Your Housing Costs Are So High” was prepared by data and housing reporter Matt Levin, political reporter Ben Christopher, web developer John Osborn D’Agostino and Managing Editor Vicki Haddock. It was among 1,100 entries and won in the “small newsroom” category for features. It was released in August 2017, as the state Legislature was considering a package of bills to address the state’s affordable housing crisis.

Take a look at the explainer here for answers to your questions about housing in California.

ONA is the world’s largest association of online journalists. The OJAs are administered by ONA and are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism, focusing on independent, community, nonprofit, major media and international news sites.

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Marcia Parker was Publisher and COO of CalMatters from 2017 through mid-2022.