First Prize

Investigative Reporting (Larger Newsroom)

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Winner

JCPS Pulls Troubled Kids From Schools, Outraging Parents

Mandy McLaren
The Courier Journal

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About the Entry

When is a child truly in crisis and what is a family’s breaking point? This investigation looks at the Jefferson County Public Schools’ murky process for identifying students for psychiatric evaluations, and how it’s been used punitively against some students.

Comments from the Judges

“Well done multimedia investigation that shocks all of the senses.” 

“Truly revelatory reporting on a practice meant to help children that has instead devastated families. A story that would not have come to light without the reporter’s persistence and dedication.”

Finalists

At College Health Centers, Students Battle Misdiagnoses and Inaccessible Care
Jenn Abelson, Nicole Dungca, Meryl Kornfield and Andrew Ban Tran
The Washington Post

Comment from the judges: “Powerful piece detailing the incompetence of college health care and the impact on young lives. Great, insightful quotes made the piece come alive.”

Targeted
Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi
Tampa Bay Times

Comment from the judges: “Solid investigation with local and national implications for the use of student information.”

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