First Prize

Painful Lessons
General News Outlet (Large Staff)
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Source: The Baltimore Sun

Run-ins with students take toll on teachers, city finances

Comments from the Judges:

“Powerful investigation that combined ingenious approach to public records with dogged personal reporting. The resulting story is balanced and well told, and is enhanced by clever  informative graphics.”

“This presents a complete and provocative investigation into a costly and troubling problem. It has an array of features aside from the strong narrative that lays out the problem in compelling fashion. It includes profiles of the victims, data interactives, a scrolling list of quotes, that show the depth of the problem. It makes the case that much of the problem could be resolved or reduced through better policy and oversight. This kind of package will likely yield change/action from the school district and the city.”