ASNE announces finalists for 2016 awards
Take a look at the compelling stories and photos by the 28 finalists for the 2016 ASNE Awards. Winners will be announced next week.
Gripping narratives, outrage-inducing investigations and compelling data presentations are among the entries spotlighted as finalists in the 2016 American Society of News Editors Awards.
The ASNE Awards honor the best in print, digital and video content in nine categories. The contest drew more than 300 entries, from which 28 finalists from news outlets of various sizes and platforms were named. Winners will be named next week.
"America's newsrooms are meeting the challenges they face with journalism that leverages the power of words, images and technology to engage and call their communities to action," said ASNE President Pam Fine. "The creativity and excellence we saw in these finalists was inspiring."
This is the 37th year for the ASNE Awards, among the most prestigious in journalism. Many of the categories are sponsored and come with cash awards.
Judging took place both online and on site at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. The finalists are as follows:
Batten Medal, honoring individual achievement in public-service journalism:
- Petula Dvorak, The Washington Post
- "600 homeless children in D.C., and no one seems to care"
- "In D.C., a public-housing waiting list with no end"
- "Relisha Rudd's disappearance deserves as much attention as Malaysian jetliner's"
- "8 years old and homeless: In D.C., there are hundreds of children just like Relisha"
- "D.C.'s homeless children deserve a great place to play. It's time to build them one."
- "A playground at D.C. General is going up, to the surprise of D.C. Council"
- "We needed an examination of Relisha Rudd's life, not her disappearance"
- "Did Relisha Rudd's disappearance do anything to help homeless children?"
- "For D.C.'s desperate, a refuge from homelessness is about to disappear"
- "He made a promise to help others. Now he's giving tents to the homeless."
- Mark Puente, The Baltimore Sun - "Undue force and the Department of Justice investigation of the Baltimore police department"
- Alissa Rubin, The New York Times - Afghanistan reporting
Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership
- Tim Nickens, Tampa Bay Times - "A case for Medicaid expansion in Florida"
- Tim Swarens, The Indianapolis Star - "Campaign for LGBT rights in Indiana"
Deborah Howell Award for Nondeadline Writing
- Esther Htusan, Margie Mason, Robin McDowell and Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press - "Seafood from Slaves"
- T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, and Ken Armstrong, The Marshall Project - "An Unbelievable Story of Rape"
- Michael M. Phillips, The Wall Street Journal - "Taken Hostage"
Dori J. Maynard Award for Diversity in Journalism
- The staff, The Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina - "Emanuel AME Church Killings"
- Perla Trevizo and Fernanda Echavarri, Arizona Daily Star - "Divided by Law"
- Alexandra Zayas and Kameel Stanley, Tampa Bay Times - "Biking While Black"
Frank A. Blethen Award for Local Accountability Reporting
- Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner, Tampa Bay Times - "Failure Factories"
- Terrence McCoy, The Washington Post - "Toxic Settlements"
- Whit Richardson, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram - "Payday at the Mill"
Mike Royko Award for Commentary/Column Writing
- David Cook, Chattanooga Times Free Press
- Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times
- "For SoCal aerospace workers, the end of an era - and a job"
- "A $35-million tear-down: L.A.'s unreal estate has plenty of buyers"
- "At 50 gallons a week, widow knows just how precious water is"
- "Three stories of hardship put a face on L.A.'s exorbitant housing costs"
- "The busboy who cradled a dying RFK has finally stepped out of the past"
Punch Sulzberger Award for Online Storytelling
- Erin Caughey, Gina Barton, Katie O'Connell, Bill Schulz and Lou Saldivar, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - "Unsolved: A murdered teen, a 40-year mystery"
- The staff, The Wall Street Journal - "2050 Demographics"
- "How Demographics Rule the Global Economy"
- "As China's Workforce Dwindle, the World Scrambles for Alternatives"
- "For Poor Countries, Well-Worn Path to Development Turns Rocky"
- "Asia Struggles for a Solution to Its 'Missing Women" Problem"
- "For a Growing Africa, Hope Mingles With Fear of the Future"
- "Graying Japan Tries to Embrace the Golden Years"
- "How to Satisfy the World's Surging Appetite for Meat"
- "Countries Try to Raise Fertility - and Empower Women"
- "As World Crowds In, Cities Become Digital Laboratories"
- "Some Countries See Migrants as an Economic Boon, Not a Burden"
Breaking News Writing Award
- The staff, The Baltimore Sun - "Coverage of the death of Freddie Gray and ensuing riots"
- The staff, Los Angeles Times - "San Bernardino Terrorist Attack"
- The staff, The Wall Street Journal - "The Nov. 13 Paris Attacks"
Community Service Photojournalism Award
- Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times - "San Bernardino: Broken City"
- Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe - "A Life Unraveling"
- The staff, The Baltimore Sun - "Photos of the Freddie Gray unrest"
In addition to Fine of The University of Kansas, Awards Board Chair David Boardman of Temple University and the committee's Vice Chair Brian McGrory of The Boston Globe, judges were: Trif Alatzas, The Baltimore Sun; Andy Alexander, Ohio University; Mike Anastasi, The Tennessean; Nancy Barnes, Houston Chronicle; Christopher Baxter, University of Michigan; Kathy Best, The Seattle Times; Peter Bhatia, The Cincinnati Enquirer; Scott Bosley; Dudley Brooks, The Washington Post Magazine; Bonita Burton, The Villages Daily Sun, The Villages, Florida; Steve Cavendish, Washington City Paper, Washington, D.C.; Bill Church, Sarasota Herald-Tribune; Audrey Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle; Suki Dardarian, Minneapolis Star Tribune; Gregory Favre; Casey Frank, Miami Herald; Tim Franklin, Poynter; Manny Garcia, Naples Daily News; Anders Gyllenhaal, The McClatchy Company; Renee Hannans; Val Hoeppner, Middle Tennessee State University; Mandy Jenkins, Storyful; Marty Kaiser; S. Mitra Kalita, Los Angeles Times; Chris Krewson, Billy Penn; David Ledford, The News Journal, Wilmington, Delaware; Silas Lyons, Record Searchlight, Redding, California; Michael McCarter, The Cincinnati Enquirer; Bryan Monroe, Temple University; Karen Peterson, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Washington; Mitch Pugh, The Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina; Arnie Robbins, ASNE; George Rodrigue, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio; Rick Rodriguez, Arizona State University; Bobbie Roessner, Hearst Connecticut Media Group; Mark Russell, The Memphis Commercial Appeal; Mike Sallah, Miami Herald; Eve Samples, TCPalm.com; Rene Sanchez, Minneapolis Star Tribune; Mila Sanina, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Debra Adams Simmons, Nieman Foundation; George Stanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Mizell Stewart, Journal Media Group; Joyce Terhaar, The Sacramento Bee; Robyn Tomlin, The Dallas Morning News; Anne Vasquez, Sun Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and Stan Wischnowski, Philadelphia Media Network.