First Prize

Unsettled Journeys
General News Outlet (Large Staff)
SINGLE-TOPIC NEWS OR FEATURE

Source: The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun offers an intimate look at the new wave of immigrant children landing in the United States and their agonizing struggle to learn English and make a life here.

Comments from the Judges:

“Liz Bowie’s outstanding and powerful series communicates the astonishing realities of tens of thousands of children who arrive in U.S. high schools with unimaginable [psychological] scars and less academic foundation than an American preschooler. These stories brought me to tears, both because of the detail with which Bowie describes their inner landscapes and the emotional sensitivity she depicts in their teachers.”

“This series was a heart-wrenching, poignant, engrossing and important piece of journalism on an under-reported aspect of education. The reporter’s assiduous reporting brought to life the hurdles immigrant and refugee students face when they land in our schools, as well as the challenges our schools face when caring for them.”