Teen Suicide Is Contagious, and the Problem May Be Worse Than We Thought
Feature Writing: Magazines and Weeklies


About the Entry

More than two dozen teens in and around Colorado Springs killed themselves in less than two years. Max Kutner examines the myriad of social influences contributing to this epidemic, and what efforts are being made to change them.

Entry Credit

  • Max Kutner, Senior Writer, Newsweek

Comments from the Judges

“Sensitive, nuanced piece that managed to avoid sensationalizing a tragic and dramatic subject. The narrative was well-written and engaging, and I like the way the author focused deeply on one community.”

“This piece is so well done. It moves almost effortlessly from one chunk of reporting to another. We feel the families’ losses and the community’s fear and confusion. And it does a great job laying out the ways in which social media may have changed the landscape.”


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