Crime and Justice Journalism Gets Several Media Awards


Crime and justice issues were prominent subjects in the annual awards from the American Society of News Editors.Among them, the Hartford Courant won the Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline News Reporting for coverage of a disgruntled employee’s rampage that left nine people dead. ASNE said the Courant “created a riveting narrative based on eyewitness and police accounts and then went on to unlock the story of what drove Thornton to commit the worst mass murder in Hartford’s history.”

A.C. Thompson of ProPublica won the Batten Medal for uncovering police misconduct and vigilante justice in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina. Jacquielynn Floyd of the Dallas Morning News won an award for “deeply felt columns on criminal justice, family, immigration and prejudice.” Photographer Barbara Davidson of the Los Angeles Times was cited “for her absorbing examination of the effects of gang violence on the innocent: those wounded or killed because of a quarrel in which they had no part, victims lying in hospital beds or relatives and friends standing by their loved ones’ coffins or sitting all alone asking, “Why?”

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