2021 Beat Reporting (Small Newsroom)

Linda Jacobson
The 74

Covering American Education’s Most Turbulent Year

Comments from the Judges

“I liked the range of topics in this entry, all timely, but the writing put it over the top for me. This lead, for example, grabbed me and wouldn’t let go – ‘The day her teenage daughter’s hair began to fall out, Eva Garcia knew the stress had become too much.’”

“Linda humanizes complex topics with specificity and empathy. Her clips demonstrate deep subject knowledge, broad national connections and a commitment to highlighting local voices of students and parents. Her story about working teens in particular stood out to me — it was a topic lots of people had speculated about but few reporters managed to cover.” 

Asher Lehrer-Small
The 74

ELLs’ Absenteeism, Blue State/Red State Learning Divides, TA to BA and More

Comments from the Judges

“Original and effective use of data and a clear commitment to come at stories from a unique angle and dig deeply to provide useful information.”

“The writer’s use of data to tell compelling narratives was impressive. The piece about North Carolina and eugenics is a story that should be told by more newsrooms nationwide and the 74 did a great job unearthing important information and using voices to bring the article to life.”

Jon Marcus
The Hechinger Report

Jon Marcus: Higher Education Beat Coverage

Comments from the Judges

“Jon Marcus does an excellent job of capturing large, complex national trends and conveying them in ways that are understandable and engaging for readers.”

“What impressed me most about this package is that it told me some things I didn’t know. The content is data based, but the writer puts a human face on it. It’s easy to read and interesting.”