inewsource journalists were honored with 19 awards Wednesday night from the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, including 15 first-place awards – the most of any news organization. 

The Follow The Money series – a five-part guide to the money behind five measures on the November ballot – won first place in the audio, digital and video categories. 

Judges said about the project: “This series lays out and explains the various propositions that California voters would find on the ballot in a clear conversational manner that was easy to understand.” For the digital presentation, the judges called it “a true public service.”

inewsource also swept the video category for a single investigative or enterprise story, with reporter Brad Racino taking first place for a television piece on security lapses at San Diego’s shipyards. The judges called the findings “disturbing” and called the report “a vital public service.” Racino and former inewsource videographer Megan Wood took second place for an investigation into dangerous human research at the San Diego VA. Reporter Jill Castellano captured third place for a piece on how San Diego fueled the effort to repeal California’s gas tax repeal.    

The contest was judged this year by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Here’s a complete list of inewsource’s awards:

Brad Racino 

Jill Castellano

Leonardo Castañeda

Cheryl Clark

Shyla Nott

Jill Castellano and Brad Racino

Brandon Quester and Leonardo Castañeda

Brandon Quester, Jill Castellano and Jim Tinsky

Brad Racino and Megan Wood

For a list of all of the SPJ contest winners, click here.

Shyla NottDigital Content Manager

Shyla Nott was the digital content manager at inewsource. While at her role, she ran the website, social media accounts, and curated The Weekender newsletter. She came to inewsource by way of the Midwest where she was the producer for All Sides with Ann Fisher, a daily live public-affairs...