Finalist

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Investigative Reporting: General News Outlets, Print and Online

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About the Entry

In a joint investigation, the Raleigh News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer looked at how — and why — thousands of qualified North Carolina students from low-income families were kept out of advanced classes.

Entry Credit

  • Joseph Neff, Investigative Reporter, The News & Observer
  • Ann Doss Helms, Education Reporter, The Charlotte Observer
  • David Raynor, Database Editor, The News & Observer

Comments from the Judges

“Great use of data to tell an important story about how gifted low-income students are excluded from classes where they have the ability to succeed. The families and teachers interviewed show the real people behind the numbers.”

“Impressive analysis on a critical issue. Brought to light new information that will help improve the educational outcomes for vulnerable students.”

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