Miami Herald, Wall St. Journal, USA Today win APM honors
The Miami Herald, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today were among the news organizations that won top honors in the annual Associated Press Media Editors’ Journalism Excellence Awards.
APME also announced that the Seattle Times, Alabama Media Group, the Sarasota ( Florida) Herald-Tribune and Vermont Public Radio were winners in a new contest category, the Community Engagement Award, which drew a large number of entries.
The Miami Herald won the 45th Annual Public Service Award in the large circulation category for “Innocents Lost,” its investigation of child deaths because of abuse or neglect after Florida changed its policy and reduced the number of children in state care. The Herald also won the Best of Show award, sponsored by the APME Foundation, which carries a US$1,500 prize.
The Detroit News won in the 40,000 to 149,999 circulation category for its investigation of Detroit’s high infant mortality rate.
The Desert Sun of Palm Springs, California, was recognized in the small circulation category for its investigation that found that more Marines from the Twentynine Palms Marine base have died back home than in the Middle East.
The Wall Street Journal won the Tom Curley First Amendment Sweepstakes Award for “Medicare Unmasked,” which forced the federal government to make public Medicare data that had been kept secret for decades.
USA Today’s project “Fugitives Next Door” won the First Amendment Award in the large circulation category for revealing how law enforcement agencies let fugitives go free.
The Columbus Dispatch and the Student Press Law Center won in the 40,000 to 149,999 circulation category for “Campus Insecurity,” a series of reports on the denial and injustice that hides the truth about the crime on college campuses from parents and students.
The San Bernardino (California) Sun was honored in its circulation category for reporting on the Rialto Unified School District, its administrators and school board members — all of whom showed reluctance to provide public records, and even failed to tell the truth.
APME is an association of editors and content leaders at newspapers, broadcast outlets and digital newsrooms as well as journalism educators and student leaders in the United States and Canada. APME works closely with The Associated Press to foster journalism excellence.