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January 10, 2008

2007 Philip Meyer Journalism Awards winners announced

Filed under: awards,CAR,IRE,multimedia examples,Philip Meyer — Lynne @ 8:31 pm

Three major investigative reports that used social science research methods were named yesterday as winners of the 2007 Philip Meyer Journalism Award.

The Dallas Morning News took top honors for its “Faking the Grade” investigation, published in June, 2006. The reporters, Holly Hacker and Joshua Benton, analyzed standardized test scores from around the state and found patterns in students’ answers that pointed to widespread cheating on exams. The print story was paired with an interactive presentation and a searchable database.

In second place, “A Matter of Life or Death” from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. This 4-day series reviewed death penalty cases and found: “Getting the death penalty in Georgia is as predictable as a lightning strike.”

The Kansas City Star took third place for the three-day series, “Insurance Companies: Service or Shenanigans?”

See the official announcement for more details on each series.

The awards are administered by the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting and the Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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