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Lucky Peach gets five James Beard Awards

James Beard Awards

The food quarterly Lucky Peach got five James Beard Awards Friday night.

The magazine, which is no longer published by McSweeney’s, won for John Birdsall’s essay “America, Your Food Is So Gay,” Lisa Hanawalt’s “On the Trail with Wylie,” John Jeremiah Sullivan’s “I Placed a Jar in Tennessee,” Fuchsia Dunlop’s “Dick Soup” and Francis Lam’s “A Day on Long Island with Alex Lee.”

Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow also got an award for his series about food stamps. The work won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting last month. (While speaking to his newsroom about the award, Saslow said sources on stories like these are “the ones who take the huge risk.”)

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AP wins SPJ award for public service, Boston Globe for deadline reporting

Society of Professional Journalists

Rebecca Boone of The Associated Press received the Society of Professional Journalists’ public service award for coverage of the Idaho prison system and The Boston Globe staff won deadline reporting honors for its stories on the Boston Marathon bombings, SPJ announced Wednesday.

Also winning in the online investigative reporting category (affiliated) were ABC News and The Center for Public Integrity journalists Matt Mosk, Chris Hamby, Lee Ferran and Brian Ross. ABC News and The Center for Public Integrity are feuding over the sharing of a Pulitzer, which CPI’s Chris Hamby alone won on Monday.

Judges selected 85 winners from 1,800 entries covering a range of media, including newspapers/wire services, magazines, online, television and radio. Read more


Guardian staffers win top IRE prize for NSA series


The Investigative Reporters & Editors medal for 2014 goes to Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Ewen MacAskill and others for the Guardian’s reports on the NSA, which “revealed a story that continues to reverberate in the United States and across the globe,” the judges say. (Greenwald and Poitras now work for Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media.)

ProPublica got a FOI Award for its series on revelations from government drug data.

In broadcast, New Orleans’ WVUE won for its “Body of Evidence” series, Los Angeles’ KNBC won for an investigation into bus safety and CNN and the Center for Investigative Reporting won for their series on fraud at rehab clinics.

Swedish Radio beat stories by NPR, CIR and Minnesota Public Radio with a story that sounds like the plot of a Stieg Larsson novel but is, shockingly, true.

“The Girl Who Got Tied Down” is all too real: Sexually abused by her own father, only to face rape while in foster care by others. Her attackers included a senior police official who publicly proclaimed he was a “feminist.” The police chief was ultimately exposed and prosecuted in a high profile arrest. The story also focuses on a senior psychiatrist who personally profits from abandoning the girl. Drawing from the girl’s own recordings — including confrontations with staff who have ignored and neglected her — Daniel Velasco and Swedish Radio weave together a riveting story, powerful and revelatory. After the documentary aired, the psychiatrist was fired and his company lost its contract. But more important, the documentary commanded public attention to the plight of all children lost in a harsh system.

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Mirror Awards finalists announced

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The 2014 Mirror Awards, which honor media industry reporting, announced their finalists Tuesday. Winners will be announced June 4.

Poynter’s Kristen Hare is a finalist in the Best Single Article – Digital Media category, for her story last November about how the Toronto Star reported on Rob Ford. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple is a finalist in that category, too, for his piece the same month about Politico’s Mike Allen.

Mimi Chakarova’s story in Vice of posing as a prostitute in a Turkish brothel is nominated in the Best Single Story – Radio, Television, Cable or Online Broadcast Media category. Carrie Ching, who produced that story, told Poynter she’d begun a series of journalist “confessions” because she’d “heard so many stories from colleagues, personal stories that just weren’t being told.”

Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey’s story in Deadspin of Manti Te’o’s fictional girlfriend is among the finalists for the John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting. Burke told Mallary Tenore last January the fact that other journalists didn’t look beyond the surface of Teo’s supposedly inspirational story was “Perhaps a reflection on the diminished role investigative journalism plays” now. Read more


The Verge, Modern Farmer get their first National Magazine Award nominations


The American Society of Magazine Editors announced finalists for its 2014 National Magazine Awards Thursday. Among the usual suspects (New York got nine nominations, and National Geographic, Wired and The New Yorker each got six) were some newcomers: The Verge got a nomination for the video that accompanied its story about Carmen Tarleton, who received a face transplant.

Katie Drummond, then The Verge’s science editor and now its assistant managing editor, talked with Poynter last year about creating the visuals for that story. “When you’re telling the intimate story of someone who’s been through such inconceivable challenges,” Drummond said, “it becomes even more important to accurately and sensitively capture who they are and what they’ve been through.”

Modern Farmer also got its first nomination, for General Excellence in the Special Interest Magazines category. Modern Farmer courts a couple of audiences simultaneously: foodies and farmers. “We’re credible with farmers because of the stories we’re telling,” Editor-in-Chief Ann Marie Gardner told Poynter last year. “And because we’re focused on solutions, which is something they appreciate.”

Other first-time finalists include The Hollywood Reporter and Landscape Architecture (also in the General Excellence/Special Interest category), Pacific Standard (General Excellence, Literature, Science and Politics Magazines category) and Road and Track (for Magazine Section).

In 2012, the awards didn’t nominate women in its reporting, feature writing, profile writing, essays and criticism or columns and commentary categories. ASME chief Sid Holt called criticism of that fact “kind of silly” but the next year’s awards were more diverse. This year, Janet Reitman (for her story about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Rolling Stone, whose cover drew some attention) and Emily DePrang are nominated in the reporting category, Lisa Miller is nominated in the feature writing category, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah and Ariel Levy are nominated in essays and criticism and Emily Nussbaum is nominated in commentary. Read more


Boston Globe, Wash Post among winners of ASNE best of 2013 awards

American Society of News Editors

The Boston Globe won ASNE’s breaking news writing award for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, ASNE announced Thursday.

The ASNE said in a release:

“Judges appreciated how thoroughly and honestly the Globe reported what it knew and what it did not about suspects and potential motives without speculating or giving undo credence to unverified rumors and theories. Stories were tightly written and edited, packed with information and context about the tragedy. Every quote mattered.

“Poignant stories, gathered and written within hours of the blasts, captured the human toll as doctors at the city’s famous research hospitals dealt with catastrophic war zone injuries for the first time in their lives while a mother waited for a son to come out of surgery after losing his leg — the second of her children to have a leg amputated that night.”

Associated Press reporter Alberto Arce won the ASNE Batten Medal for his work covering the strife in Honduras. Read more

Cover of "Secrets to Prize-Winning Journalism" (The Poynter Institute)

Learning from prize-winning journalism: tips for executing an investigative journalism project

In Poynter’s new e-book, “Secrets of Prize-Winning Journalism,” we highlight and examine 10 award-winning works from 2013 through interviews with their creators. Starting with the “secrets” shared by reporters and editors, we’ve extracted some great lessons on producing outstanding journalism.

In the first installment, we explored lessons for covering breaking news stories based on The Denver Post’s coverage of the Aurora theater shootings.

In this our second installment, we share tips for executing an investigative journalism project based on the Chicago Tribune series “Playing with Fire,” which earned a Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Public Service Reporting, Hillman Prize for Newspaper Journalism, Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers, National Headliner Award, Gerald Loeb Award, and Pulitzer Prize finalist honor.

Tribune reporters Patricia Callahan, Sam Roe and Michael Hawthorne spent two years researching and writing the expose on the dangers and ineffectiveness of flame retardants used in household furniture, including baby cribs.

Poynter affiliate faculty member Chip Scanlan interviewed the investigative team via email to deconstruct their research and the reporting techniques they used to create the prize-winning series.

Use records to backup interviews

Callahan viewed each record in the Tribune investigation as a puzzle piece that made little sense on its own. It was the writers’ job to expose the real story. She said one sentence in “Playing with Fire” took months of reporting.

Roe told Scanlan: “Documents help you establish what’s true and what’s not.”

His colleague, Hawthorne depends on FOIA requests because they illuminate “what officials actually think, not what has been sanitized by public affairs staffers and political appointees.”

Tip: When a source makes a statement based on a fact, ask for the data or evidence he or she has to back it up. Verify the accuracy of statements and records with data from multiple sources. When working with government agencies, request public information with FOIA requests.

Interview sources in person whenever possible

Investigations need to present findings in a compelling way. In “Playing with Fire,” Callahan, Hawthorne and Roe were blessed with interesting characters who helped them flesh out a narrative of how flame retardants wound up in the bodies of every American.

For example, Callahan found value in flying to California to attend a hearing in person, rather than watching it from afar, to capture essential details about the characters driving the strong narrative thread.

“Had I simply watched a video of the hearing, I would not have picked up on the sway that [the subject] held. On tape, you can’t hear the audience’s gasp,” said Callahan.

Tip: While it is not always possible to interview someone in person, tools like Skype let you see your sources and pick up on their body language and expressions. This results in a more authentic engagement that can lead the interview down an unexpected path and illuminate critical details. An in-person interview is better than a video interview; a video interview is better than a phone interview; a phone interview is better than an email interview.

Strong interviewing skills are critical

Roe stressed the importance of the interview. “Stories often rise and fall on the ability of the reporter to go toe to toe with the subjects on their investigations,” he said in an interview with Chip Scanlan for the e-book, “Secrets of Prize-winning Journalism.”

Tip: Callahan told Scanlan that she usually ends her interviews with an open-ended question, “What should I have asked you but didn’t?”

Recognize the impact your story has on the community

Callahan said “Playing with Fire” inspired substantive reform. As a result of the series, California no longer requires flame retardants in furniture and many baby products — for the first time since 1975. Also, the EPA launched an investigation of the chemicals highlighted in the series. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said it would test babies’ exposure to flame retardants from crib mattresses.

A key U.S. Senate committee voted to overhaul the nation’s chemical safety law. Because of the tougher regulatory climate, the two largest manufacturers of chlorinated tris, the family of fire retardant chemicals found in baby mattresses, ­vowed to end production.

Tip: After you publish, continue to follow the story. Stay in touch with sources: What changes have they noticed as a result of your work? In addition to indicating the impact you made, the source may continue to provide information you could use in a follow-up story.

Related: Learning from prize-winning journalism: how to cover a breaking news story
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Ken Hackman, Mickey Osterreicher get NPPA awards


The National Press Photographers Association announced Ken Hackman and Mickey H. Osterreicher as the winners of their Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award on Friday.

The 2013 Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award winners are Ken Hackman, known by many as “The Godfather” of military photojournalism and the longtime director of the Military Photographer of the Year program, and Mickey H. Osterreicher, NPPA’s general counsel who was a veteran newspaper and television photographer in Buffalo, NY, before he discovered his passion for protecting the legal rights of visual journalists.

The award, which was first established in 1949, “recognizes individuals who advance and elevate photojournalism by their conduct, initiative, leadership, and skill, or for unusual service or achievement beneficial to photojournalism and technological advances.” Read more


Livingston Awards for young journalists expanding digital efforts

Journalists 34 years old and younger have until Feb. 1 to apply for the Livingston Awards recognizing excellence in journalism, which are now expanding in an effort to attract more submissions from those practicing digital journalism.

“At a moment when journalism has something of an image problem, the Livingstons should also showcase annual examples of why that could and should change,” said Livingston Awards founder and director Charles Eisendrath in a prepared release.

The Knight Foundation, which supports the annual awards, is contributing $450,000 in additional funding to expand the program’s digital-media efforts and outreach. The University of Michigan will match the amount, further providing “time for the prestigious awards to build a permanent endowment,” the release states. Read more

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ESPN wins duPont-Columbia award for football investigation

Columbia University

ESPN’s critical look at youth football “Outside the Lines: Youth Football Concerns” was among the winners of the 2014 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, which were announced Wednesday. From the awards list:

This important investigation added to the growing body of coverage about concussions and football with stories that graphically illustrated the problems and featured exclusive interviews with those involved in the controversies. ESPN’s reporting had an impact by identifying abuses and policy gaps as well as prompting an 18-month police investigation into corruption and gambling.

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