Finalist

Mackenzie Ryan of Florida Today

Source: Florida Today

A Tough Call

Day of Reckoning

Disturbing Trend

Flying into the Future

Grading on a Curve

Numbers Game

Time of Software Buy is Not Now, Group Urges

Judges’ Comments

“Thorough, clear, well-written and detailed reporting on complex issues such as purchasing, school grades and class size in Florida.”

“Mackenzie Ryan’s story about a transitional kindergarten program described parent anxiety over major life-altering decisions with little information. Another about recessionary budget-cutting included an interesting observation about the human element — comfort with risk — that informs bureaucratic decision-making. And her take on discipline was transparent and balanced, careful to disclose that students in her story who had been disciplined had misbehaved.”