First Prize

New Orleans Schools 10 Years After Katrina
Opinion Journalism

Source: Slate

Sarah Carr looks beyond the good versus bad dichotomy that characterizes much of the journalism about New Orleans, moving past the politics to focus on what matters — the students and their parents and teachers.

Comments from the Judges:

Sarah Carr “probe[s] the question of what the sudden change in teacher diversity in New Orleans means for student learning, and the larger system, and also the importance of getting beyond covering education as an ideological or political issue, but as a sociological one. She quickly gets to the heart of complicated issues by drawing in research and data and, yes, some ‘shoe leather reporting,’ drawing on her years of experience covering New Orleans schools.”