IndyStar’s exclusive report analyzing more than 300 deaths within Indiana jails attained the top prize at an yearly competitors honoring the finest journalism created in Indiana in 2021.
The collection, “Loss of life Sentence,” was named Tale of the Yr. It was a person of 38 awards IndyStar received Friday at the state Culture of Specialist Journalists ceremony.
In all, IndyStar obtained 18 initially-area awards from the Indiana Skilled Chapter of SP, like all those for breaking information, investigative reporting, aspect crafting, sports reporting and column writing. IndyStar’s visual journalists took to start with put in every single photography group for huge publications.
“Death Sentence,” created by Tim Evans, Ryan Martin and Ko Lyn Cheang with video and photos by Robert Scheer, revealed how overcrowding and staffing shortages contributed to much more than 300 fatalities in Indiana jails considering that 2010. Most of individuals who died were being held on non-violent charges and hadn’t still experienced their day in court docket.
The award is just the latest for the task, which received a national prize earlier this 12 months from Investigative Reporters & Editors, the world’s foremost organization for investigative journalism.
In addition to getting named story of the 12 months all through Friday’s ceremony, it also received 1st area for investigative reporting and most effective on the web multimedia.
Several other awards IndyStar obtained Friday recognized its coverage of the mass killing at an Indianapolis FedEx facility very last yr. It was the deadliest shooting in the city’s history.
In awarding the publication’s personnel initially area for breaking information reporting, contest judges identified as IndyStar’s coverage “huge, comprehensive and timely.” They mentioned in distinct IndyStar’s profiles of the victims.
IndyStar’s “Pink Flagged” series, by reporters Johnny Magdaleno and Tony Prepare dinner and visible journalist Michelle Pemberton, took initially spot for prison justice reporting. It exposed how authorities failed to comply with by way of on far more than 100 gun confiscations underneath Indiana’s crimson flag legislation, including just one involving the FedEx shooter.
Visual journalist Grace Hollars won 1st place for news pictures for her perform capturing the grief and decline of the city’s Sikh community, which dropped 4 customers in the capturing.
It was portion of a dominant exhibiting by IndyStar’s visible group, which swept the major three places in equally the sports and options images categories. Visible journalist Mykal McEldowney took to start with location in both. He also received most effective many picture team for “Fourth & Goal,” a undertaking documenting the challenges and triumphs of the Indy Steelers youth soccer crew.
Metro columnist James Briggs gained the major award for column writing. Gregg Doyel took first for sports column producing. Motorsports reporter Nathan Brown received for athletics reporting.
Other very first-place IndyStar wins provided:
- Non-deadline tale or sequence, for reporter Holly Hays’ investigation of sexual abuse allegations at a West Lafayette church.
- Enterprise or consumer affairs reporting, for reporter Ko Lyn Cheang’s tales about deplorable conditions at the Lakeside Pointe condominium advanced in Nora.
- Health-related or science reporting, for “Pleasure in Jeopardy,” an investigation of maternal mortality in Indiana, by previous reporter London Gibson and visual journalist Jenna Watson.
- Coverage of social justice concerns, for reporting on Indiana’s eviction crisis by reporters Ko Lyn Cheang, Binghui Huang, Alexandria Burris and Amelia Pak-Harvey.
- Environmental reporting, for investigative reporter Sarah Bowman’s coverage of that beat, including stories about threats from Indiana’s coal ash pits and how black vultures are eating cows alive.
- Functions composing, for reporter Alexandria Burris’s tale about the operator of a downtown shoe repair service shop struggling to maintain the retail outlet open after his brother’s dying.
- Temperament profile, for pop lifestyle reporter Rory Appleton’s tale about a father’s endeavours to unfold awareness about mental wellness and suicide prevention by his late son’s new music.
You can uncover a full record of winners right here.