Online investigative reporting for digital-only website
“Thousands in northeast Oregon left with unsafe drinking water after years of state inaction”
Oregon Capital Chronicle staff
Oregon Capital Chronicle
Judges’ comments: The Oregon Capital Chronicle took a serious pollution problem, which the state had known about for 30 years, and pointed a light at it and sparked reform. Thousands of homes were hooked to wells that were tainted by nitrates from a variety of sources. The news outlet’s research resulted in emergency declarations and fines against the polluters.
“Patients for Profit: How Private Equity Hijacked Health Care”
KFF Health News staff
KFF Health News
“Cannabis Card Game”
Online investigative reporting for digital partnerships with other news outlets
“The Uber Files”
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists staff
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Judges’ comments: The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ investigation revealed how Uber literally took the world’s leaders, its customers and its drivers for a ride as it pursued world dominance.
“Pentagon contractors engaged extensively in trafficked workers despite ‘zero tolerance’ pledges”
NBC News, The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, The Washington Post and Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism staff
“The Ericsson List”
Sydney P. Freedberg, Maggie Michael and Amir Musawy
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Online beat coverage
Center for Public Integrity staff
Center for Public Integrity
Judges’ comments: A detailed report on voting issues from the history of noncitizens voting to gerrymandering. An important contribution to understanding how a democracy works, and the challenges of equitable voting.
“Documenting the Death Penalty”
Liliana Segura and Jordan Smith
“Space Beat Coverage”
Online news video up to three minutes
“Eternal Optimists: Farmers Battle Historic Drought”
Dallas Morning News
Judges’ comments: The video combined elements of good storytelling by showing how ranchers adapted to battle drought, providing the facts and conveying emotion in a well-edited piece.
“Inside the Forecast: Dems Attempt to Dodge Inflation Woes”
Renee Klahr, Steve Shepard and Monica Akhtar
“The Real Impact of a 1-Foot Rise in Sea Level”
National Investigative Unit and National Digital News Desk
Online news video 3 to 10 minutes
“GMA Digital: Dear Future Survivor”
GMA Digital staff
Judges’ comments: “Dear Future Survivor” is an extremely moving telling of how young mass-shooting survivors have been affected. The video, produced to mark the 10th anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, gives voice to teens through letters they’ve written to “future survivors.” It’s personal and powerful and brought tears to one veteran journalist’s eyes.
“Nye County Crash Investigation”
Rachel Aston, Arthur Kane and Rhonda Prast
Las Vegas Review-Journal
“Why People Risk Their Lives Hunting For Deadly Explosives”
Online video 10 to 30 minutes
“ABC News Live: The Women Left Behind”
ABC News Live staff
Judges’ comments: Ian Pannell’s 22 years of experience covering Afghanistan gave viewers the historical context of the all-too-human story of the women and girls left behind in Afghanistan. The writing, visuals and interviews offered an intimate look at the heartbreak and resilience of the women in the aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal.
“Inside the Dance School Helping Kenya’s Teen Mothers”
“4 Deaths, 4 Serious Injuries”
Digital presentation of a single news topic
“The Safest Place”
Mark Friesen, Noelle Crombie, Samantha Swindler, Dave Killen and Beth Nakamura
Judges’ comments: The Safest Place gives students a chance to tell the story of gun violence in their own words. The presentation features include video, photo and text that are easy to follow and together they take readers into the school and into the lives of those directly and indirectly affected by incredible pain and loss.
“In Survivors’ Words”
Seattle Times staff
“Fatal Dose: A City’s Fentanyl Failure”
The Chronicle Staff
San Francisco Chronicle
Digital presentation of a single features topic
“The Planet’s Most Threatened Flight Path, and the $3 Billion Plan to Protect It”
Judges’ comments: Call to Earth, the multimedia presentation by CNN documenting the growing dangers facing migratory birds, captures the audience. The flow of the reporting through audio, images, video and mapping was a delight. A complex subject explored almost to the point of entertainment. Well done.
“First Foods: How Native People are Revitalizing the Natural Nourishment of the Pacific Northwest”
Lynda Mapes, Erika Schultz and Lauren Frohne
“The POLITICO Show on Snapchat”
Jackie Padilla, Meiying Wu, Dan Ashwood, Monica Akhtar and staff
Judges’ comments: The POLITICO show feels native to the platform. The journalists draw in viewers by showing their personalities while providing news in the concise constraints Snapchat requires.
“GMA Digital: Breaking the Mental Health Stigma for Black Women”
GMA Digital staff
“ABC News Digital: ClimateNOW”
ABC News Digital staff
Civic/political affairs podcast
“Going for Broke”
Ray Suarez, Alissa Quart, Shannon Henry Kleiber and Staff
Economic Hardship Reporting Project
To The Best Of Our Knowledge from WPR/PRX
Judges’ comments: In “Going for Broke,” we are pulled into the life of real people who have had profound economic problems in their life. With in-depth interviews, this podcast takes you in-depth and discusses potential solutions. Host Ray Suarez, who has been open about his economic struggles, does a nice job in the interviews.
“High Turnout, Wide Margins”
Brianna Lennon, Eric Fey and KBIA Staff
No third-place award given
First Place and BEST IN SHOW
“Unfinished: Ernie’s Secret”
Staff of Scripps News & Stitcher
Scripps News & Stitcher
Judges’ comments: In a category with many strong entries, “Unfinished: Ernie’s Secret” stands out. The fact of the story is simple: a prominent civil rights era photographer was also an FBI informant. But the nuances, humanity and historical context are what separated this work. It draws from a range of sources, including FBI documents and the result is a compelling work of great journalism.
“SOLD OUT: Rethinking Housing in America”
Molly Solomon and Erin Baldassari
Curtis Gilbert, David Fuchs, Jessica Miller and Will Craft
APM Reports, KUER and The Salt Lake Tribune
North Carolina Public Radio WUNC
Judges’ comments: This podcast wraps you in the warmth and comfort of a conversation with a good friend. She’s sitting right across from you and telling you about things quite private. Listen; there’s a lot you’re going to learn and that may make you feel better, too!
Dina Temple-Raston, Sean Powers, Will Jarvis and Karen Duffin
Recorded Future News
“Twenty-Four Seven: A Podcast About Caregiving”
Kitty Eisele and staff
Texas Public Radio
Criminal justice and/or crime podcast
The Intercept staff
Judges’ comments: Suspenseful, dramatic, deeply reported, important, emotionally resonant. These are the words that come to mind after listening to the “Murderville, Texas” podcast. Intercept reporters Liliana Segura and Jordan Smith fully employ the podcast format to tell a compelling and relevant story about the scariest of criminal-justice nightmares: a death row inmate who may be innocent.
“Unsealed: The Tylenol Murders”
Staff of the Chicago Tribune and At Will Media
Chicago Tribune/At Will Media
“Cruel & Unusual”
A.J. Lagoe, Brandon Stahl and Gary Knox