2019 – Online


Online investigative reporting, news organization not connected to print or broadcast

First Place
“Myanmar Burning”
Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo and Reuters colleagues
Reuters News Service
Judges’ comments: ​Reuters correspondents, working in one of the world’s most dangerous regions, obtain a photograph of a group of men about to be executed and use it as the foundation into a shocking investigation of the grisly massacre, then track down the families of the men and introduce us to the condemned in the haunting picture. Two correspondents are still jailed for their reporting.

Second Place
“Sign Here to Lose Everything” Bloomberg News staff Bloomberg News

Third Place
“Bill of the Month” Kaiser Health News staff Kaiser Health News

Online beat coverage, news organization not connected to print or broadcast

First Place
“Treatment Overkill”
Liz Szabo
Kaiser Health News
Judges’ comments: ​In a world where “more is better”, smart in-depth reporting shows that in medicine that is not always true. From vitamins to knee replacements, these stories are great journalism helping people be better informed health consumers.

Second Place
“Harvesting Peril: Extreme Weather and Climate Change on the American Farm” InsideClimate News staff
InsideClimate News

Third Place
Jon Marcus
The Hechinger Report

Best Blog

First Place
“Fortune: raceAhead”
Ellen McGirt
Judges’ comments:​ Ellen McGirt’s columns are so needed right now, so helpful to a country struggling with issues of race (and gender, and, and, and ..). They are smart and thoughtful and informative, but also written in just the right tone — a feat in itself.

Second Place
“Comic Riffs: The Power of Political Art” Michael Cavna
The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.

Third Place
“PoliticIL Insider” Mick Dumke ProPublica Illinois

Online video up to one minute

First Place
“California Props in a minute”
Byrhonda Lyons
Judges’ comments: ​CALmatters took several dense topics of fhte California propositions and produced a series of short videos aimed at voters. Good mix of production value and helping readers understand complex issues.

Second Place
“Angel gowns help ease burden for parents of stillborn babies” WBAL Digital Team
WBAL-TV, Baltimore, Md.

Third Place
“Hometown Hero”
WBAL Digital Team WBAL-TV, Baltimore, Md.

Online video up to three minutes

First Place
“Georgian Sword Dancers”
Nathalie Basha and Shaun Mir
Judges’ comments: ​Strong cinematography that told the story of how history continues to influence one culture’s dance traditions.

Second Place
“How CRISPR works, explained in two minutes” Dom Smith and Sharon Begley
STAT, Boston, Mass.

Third Place
“First-time Voter Vanni Wang prioritizes women’s issues” Gabriel Kramer
ideastream, Cleveland, Ohio

Online Video 3-10 minutes

First Place
“The Office of Missing Children”
Michael Schiller, Aura Bogado and Brian Britigan
Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting
Judges’ comments:​ This was an unexpected, impeccable and well-produced piece about a broad issue, presented in the most simple and personal way. From the opening, about a mysterious building, to the closing credits, featuring a child’s drawings, we were riveted and moved. Well done.

Second Place
“Kevin’s House” Jeremy Raff The Atlantic

Third Place
“Police beat man on fire”
Andrew Ford
Asbury Park Press, Neptune, N.J.

Online Video More than 10 minutes

First Place and BEST IN SHOW
“NBC Left Field: The Path to Radicalization”
Ed Ou and David Scott Holloway
NBC News, New York, N.Y.
Judges’ comments: ​This excellently produced and edited video takes viewers right into the home of a member of one of America’s extremist groups. Reporting like this goes a long way to help us see how one becomes a radical and how people such as a parent — no matter what — still can’t accept that truth.

Second Place
“NBC Left Field: “The Long Wait: Venezuela Violinist Flees Violence to Seek U.S. Asylum” Carlos Beltran
NBC News, New York, N.Y.

Third Place
Chris Ware and Megan Miller Newsday, Melville, N.Y.

Web or Interactive Project

First Place
“Parkland: Unprepared and Overwhelmed”
South Florida Sun Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Judges’ comments: ​This package used simple elements and crisp storytelling to deliver a powerful digital package. The staff lead readers through the initial breaking news event, just moments after the first shots were fired, and also showed how poor decisions by authorities were primary factors in making the catastrophe worse.

Second Place
“Californians: Everything you need to know before you vote” CALmatters staff

Third Place
“We Will Keep on Fighting for Him”
Jodi S. Cohen, Logan Jaffe and Rob Weychert ProPublica Illinois

Social Media

First Place
Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting staff
Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting
Judges’ comments: ​Using a blend of different approaches, Reveal’s social media platforms are tools for audience engagement. They do this not by using them solely for promotion of stories, but by using them as tools to deliver in-depth storytelling that is clear and informative.

Second Place
“Real America with Jorge Ramos on Facebook Watch” Real America with Jorge Ramos on Facebook Watch Univision/Fusion

Third Place
WTOP.com Staff
WTOP-FM, Washington, D.C.

Online Slideshow

First Place
“A Side of Grasshoppers – Un Apetitoso Platillo de Chapulines”
ESPN staff
ESPN/ESPN Deportes
Judges’ comments:​ Great visual, stills and video presentation. Very innovative storytelling and user-friendly site. Short videos worked so well to give the glimpse as a trailer.

Second Place
“Hurricane Michael”
Tampa Bay Times staff
Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Third Place
“No Turning Back”
Kristen Zeis
The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va.

Best Podcast

First Place
“16 Shots”
WBEZ and Chicago Tribune staff
Judges’ comments:​ Well-crafted portrait of all aspects of the shooting of a man in Chicago by a polie officer. The case skyrocketed to national attention when a video of the incident was released. Reporters dug deep into neighborhoods, families and police officer ranks to tell the story. including in real-time when a verdict was reached.

Second Place
“Going Under”
Michelle Basch and Ginger Whitaker WTOP-FM, Washington, D.C.

Third Place
“Empire on Blood”
Steve Fishman, Mia Lobel, Julia Barton, Emile Klein and Andy Bowers