Long Beach Post wins 2 LION Publishers Awards

The Long Beach Post won two 2021 LION Publishers Local Journalism Awards today among independent online news organizations across the country for public service and investigative journalism.

“This is more national recognition for the journalism of the Long Beach Post since we started expanding our newsroom in 2018,” said publisher David Sommers. “This is the heart of local journalism: government accountability, holding powerful organizations to account. This is our goal at the Post, and to get recognition in these categories is powerful.”

The first award was the Public Service Award, for the Post’s multifaceted investigation into the conduct of the city’s police force, including a database that catalogued every police stop in 2019.

The Post also won Investigative Report of the Year for its data-driven investigation into LBPD, which showed Black drivers are stopped at a rate that is disproportionate to Long Beach’s population, and the city’s stymied Citizen Police Complaint Commission.

The Post competed in the medium/large publication category (organizations with six or more full-time equivalent staff members). The awards are open to independent digital media across the country. This year’s awards saw 30 judges evaluate more than 240 entries, according to LION Publishers.

These are the stories the Post submitted for consideration for the awards:

Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers is a professional journalism association with more than 300 members across the U.S. and Canada.

Click here for a complete list of all the award finalists.

Long Beach Post wins 30 statewide journalism awards, including staff-wide recognition for breaking news coverage

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