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Thank you to all of our judges!

Judges:
– Sonny Albarado
– Ira Allen
– Claudia Amezcua
– Gena Asher
– Leah Betancourt
– Art Blazer
– Jim Brown
– Tyler Chance
– Amy Cherry
– Dan Close
– Aaron Cole
– Dave Cuillier
– Paul Davis
– Jigsha Desai
– Sharon Dunten
– Debra Dylan
– Jay Evensen
– Paul Fletcher
– Robert Franklin
– Ginny Frizzi and Chapter
– Chris Gallant
– Carol Goldsmith
– Irwin Gratz
– Matt Grubs
– Brett Hall
– Matt Hall
– Tom Hallman
– Kelly Hawes
– David Haynes
– Robert Hernandez
– Meredith Jordan
– Blake Kaplan
– Jennifer Karchmer
– Kara Kenney
– Sue Kopen Katcef
– Michael Koretzky
– Robert Leger
– Paola Marizán
– Tony Mastriani
– Suzanne McBride
– Patrick McGrath
– Tom McKee
– Mac McKerral
– Danielle McLean
– Debbie Michel
– Taylor Mirfendereski
– Patti Newberry
– Sergy Odiduro
– Jane Primerano
– Joe Radske
– Christopher Ritchie
– McKenzie Romero
– Sonya Ross
– Andy Schotz
– Charles Sennet
– Lori Shontz
– Kevin Smith
– Becky Tallent
– Phil Todd
– Megan Toland
– Chris Vaccaro
– Alex Veeneman
– Peggy Watt
– Jay Yoo

Associate Judges:
– Azza Al Barwani
– Caly Allen
– Steven Asbury
– Amberly Beckman
– Helen Brandt
– Kathy Brown
– Bonnie Brownlee
– John Brummett
– Gabrielle Burkhart
– L.A. Chung
– Amanda Claire Curcio
– Doug Cumming
– Dr. David Burns
– Richard de Uriarte
– Megan Douglass
– Debroah Elkins
– Mary Ellen Walsh
– Manny Fantis
– Frank Fellon
– Mike Fender
– Jim Fisher
– Adrianne Flynn
– Beverly Ford
– Joyce Frieden
– Patty Gellenberg
– Denise Goolsby
– Kevin Hall
– Bob Hoenig
– Mike Horan
– Laura Kelly
– Anne Kibbler
– Angela Kim
– Andrew Kleske
– Dave Kuhn
– Curtis Lawrence
– Larry Lough
– Bill Marcus
– Megan McGrath
– Chris McKee
– Don Meyers
– Evan Millward
– Jennifer Mitchell
– Courtney Munther
– Robert Naylor
– Anne Newman
– Angie Newsome
– Jessica Noll
– Kelly Olson
– Miriam Pepper
– Eric Peterson
– Maria Reeve
– Chris Riva
– David Rogers
– Devin Rokyta
– Jennifer Rooks
– Josee Rose
– Eve Samples
– Renee Schafer Horton
– Robert Scheer
– Steve Siff
– Ceillie Simkiss
– Lucy Skoulding
– Steven Smith
– Vicki Smith
– Elliot Spagat
– Jackie Spinner
– Will Sullivan
– Scott Swafford
– Scott Taylor
– Mareea Thomas
– Sue Toth
– Chris Trejbal
– Scott Underwood
– Peter Vieth
– George Vogel
– Hank Weinbloom
– David Wells
– Jessica Wells
– Cindy Wright

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Awards & Honors Committee Chair

Andy Schotz
@spjregion2
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Bio (click to expand) picture Andy Schotz was a city editor for The Frederick News-Post in Frederick, Md., for about 19 months until he was laid off on April 17, 2017.

He has been an SPJ member since 2002 and has held various positions on the Washington, D.C., Pro chapter board, including three consecutive one-year terms as president.

He served on the SPJ Ethics Committee from 2004 to 2011, including three years as chairman.

Schotz ran unsuccessfully for at-large director on the national SPJ board in 2012. The following year, he ran unopposed for Region 2 director.

He is a frequent SPJ contest judge (D.C. Pro Dateline Awards, SDX, Mark of Excellence, Green Eyeshade, high school essay) and has twice coordinated Region 2's Mark of Excellence contest.

He joined the SPJ Awards & Honors Committee in 2013 and helped work on a national survey seeking feedback about the MOE contest. He is currently the committee's chairman.

Before joining The Frederick News-Post in 2015, he was an editor at The Gazette, a chain of weekly papers, in Montgomery County, Md. He was there for almost 2 1/2 years before The Gazette folded in June 2015.

Schotz worked for eight years as a reporter and editor at The Altamont Enterprise, a weekly paper in upstate New York, then 13 years as a reporter for The Herald-Mail, a daily paper in Hagerstown, Md.

He is on the board of directors of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.


Sarah Bauer, vice chair
Program Director
Minnesota Newspaper Association
612-278-0250
@sarah_mn
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Bio (click to expand) Sarah Bauer is the Program Director for the Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA). MNA is the trade association all Minnesota Newspapers, and represents the interests of more than 360 daily and weekly publications. Bauer plans all educational and outreach programs for the Association, including hands-on training for journalists, public forums on media issues, an annual excellence in journalism contest, and its annual convention.

Bauer speaks regularly about media ethics issues, community journalism, social media, and issues like the intersection of journalism and politics. Bauer graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in journalism and philosophy. She has been involved with the Society of Professional Journalists as member and chapter leader since she joined the University of Minnesota’s chapter. Since 2006, Bauer has served on the MN Pro chapter board of directors, currently serving as the chapter president and chair of its annual journalism award contest and banquet. She is also the chairwoman of the Society’s national membership committee.

2016 Sigma Delta Chi Award Honorees

The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism.

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Judges chose the winners from entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2016.

Dating back to 1932, the awards originally honored six individuals for contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939, when the Society granted the first Distinguished Service Awards. The honors later became the Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

Sigma Delta Chi award winners will be honored at an awards banquet on June 23 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.


Newspaper/Wire Services

Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)

Ghost Ship warehouse fire, by staff, San Francisco Chronicle
Download [PDF]


Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 50,001-100,000)

“Death of a jurist,” by staff, San Antonio Express-News
View online


Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 1-50,000)

“Heinrich confesses to Wetterling's death,” by David Unze, Kirsti Marohn, Stephanie Dickrell and Jenny Berg, St. Cloud Times
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Deadline Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)

“Philly, nation respond to Orlando massacre” by Jen Colletta, Paige Cooperstein and Scott Drake, Philadelphia Gay News
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Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)

“From Burma to Buffalo,” by Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News
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Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)

“Bias on the bench,” by Josh Salman, Emily Le Coz and Elizabeth Johnson, Sarasota Herald Tribune
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Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)

“Redefining Justice,” by staff, The Villages Daily Sun
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Non-Deadline Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)

“What Ever Became of the Children of Jerusalem?” by Naomi Zeveloff, Forward
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Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation 100,001+)

“The DEA Dilemma,” by Lenny Bernstein, David S. Fallis and Scott Higham, The Washington Post
Download [PDF]


Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)

“Lead, arsenic contamination in East Chicago, Indiana's West Calumet Housing Complex,” by Sarah Reese and Lauren Leone-Cross, The Times of Northwest Indiana
View online


Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)

“Mississippi Child Care Crisis,” by Sarah Butrymowicz and Jackie Mader, The Hechinger Report & The Clarion-Ledger
View online: Link 1 | Link 2 | Link 3 | Link 4 | Link 5


Investigative Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)

“Neglecting Wisconsin's Vets,” by Katelyn Ferral, The Capital Times
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Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation 100,001+)

“Framed,” by Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times
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Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)

“The Hardest Test,” by Stephanie Innes, Arizona Daily Star
View online


Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)

“Edward Snowden's Guardian Angels,” by Sönke Iwersen, Handelsblatt
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Feature Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)

“Kush City,” by Leif Reigstad, Houston Press
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Editorial Writing (Daily Circulation 100,001+)

Ambush in Dallas, by editorial team, The Dallas Morning News
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Editorial Writing (Daily Circulation of 1-100,000/Non-Daily Publication)

“The Jailhouse Death of Jamycheal Mitchell,” by Brian Colligan, The Virginian-Pilot
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Washington Correspondence

“A Portrait of Donald Trump,” by David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post
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Foreign Correspondence

“The Desperate Trek,” by staff, Los Angeles Times
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General Column Writing (Daily Circulation 100,001+)

Erika D. Smith, The Sacramento Bee
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General Column Writing (Daily Circulation 1-100,000/Non-Daily Publication)

Mark D. Harmon, Knoxville News Sentinel
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Sports Column Writing (Daily Circulation 100,001+)

Jason Gay, The Wall Street Journal
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Sports Column Writing (Daily Circulation 1-100,000/Non-Daily Publication)

Tom Archdeacon, Cox Media Group Ohio
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Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation 100,001+)

“Denied: How Texas Keeps Tens of Thousands of Children Out of Special Education,” by staff, Houston Chronicle
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Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)

“Flawed responses to campus sexual assault,” by staff, The Salt Lake Tribune
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Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)

“Obfuscation and Ignorance,” by Jonathan D. Austin, The Virgin Islands Daily News
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Public Service Journalism (Non-Daily Publication)

Flint water crisis, by staff, MLive
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Magazines

Magazine Investigative Reporting (National Circulation)

“How to Hack an Election,” by Jordan Robertson, Michael Riley and Andrew Willis, Bloomberg Businessweek
Download [PDF]


Magazine Investigative Reporting (Regional/Local Circulation)

“Who Guards the Guardians?” by Patrick Michels and Gus Bova, Texas Observer
View online


Magazine Writing (National Circulation)

“Trump Days,” by George Saunders, The New Yorker
Download [PDF]


Magazine Writing (Regional/Local Circulation)

“The Reckoning,” by Neil Swidey, The Boston Globe Magazine
View online


Public Service in Magazine Journalism (National Circulation)

“Fractured Lands,” by Scott Anderson, Paolo Pellegrin and Ben Solomon, New York Times Magazine
Download [PDF]


Public Service in Magazine Journalism (Regional/Local Circulation)

“Hopes, Dreams, Debt,” by Neil Swidey, The Boston Globe Magazine
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Art/Graphics

Breaking News Photography (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+, Affiliated Website, National Magazine)

“An Assassination,” by Burhan Ozbilici, Associated Press


Breaking News Photography (Newspaper Circulation 1-100,000, Regional Magazine, Non-Daily Publication or Online Independent)

“Homeless,” by Aleppo Media Center via ZUMA Wire Service


Editorial Cartooning (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+, Affiliated Website, National Magazine)

Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch
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Editorial Cartooning (Newspaper Circulation 1-100,000, Regional Magazine, Non-Daily Publication or Online Independent)

Angelo Lopez, Philippines Today
Download [PDF]


Feature Photography (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+, Affiliated Website, National Magazine)

“Brazil: Living With Zika,” by Felipe Dana, Associated Press


Feature Photography (Newspaper Circulation 1-100,000, Regional Magazine, Non-Daily Publication or Online Independent)

“Flint Water Crisis,” by Jake May, The Flint Journal/MLive.com


Informational Graphics (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+, Affiliated Website, National Magazine)

“Blue Feed/Red Feed,” by Jonathan Keegan, The Wall Street Journal
View online


Informational Graphics (Newspaper Circulation 1-100,000, Regional Magazine, Non-Daily Publication or Online Independent)

“Rivers of Tennessee,” by Kent Travis, The Tennessean
Download [PDF]


Sports Photography (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+, Affiliated Website, National Magazine)

“The Save,” by Lindsey Wasson, The Seattle Times


Sports Photography (Newspaper Circulation 1-100,000, Regional Magazine, Non-Daily Publication or Online Independent)


“The War is NOT Over!” by Scott Mc Kiernan, ZUMA Wire Service

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Radio

Breaking News Reporting (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)

Pulse Nightclub, by CBS Radio News Staff, CBS Radio News


Breaking News Reporting (101+ Market)

“Inferno Threatens Santa Barbara County Homes,” by Lance Orozco, KCLU AM/FM
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Investigative Reporting (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)

“Advanced Black Lung Cases Surge in Appalachia,” by Howard Berkes, Robert Little, Nicole Beemsterboer, Benny Becker, Ohio Valley ReSource/National Public Radio


Investigative Reporting (101+ Market)

“FAA Plan to Shift Weather Observations at Airport Raises Safety Concerns,” by Deborah Shaar, KMUW Wichita Public Radio
Read story and listen online: Link 1 | Link 2


Feature Reporting (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)

“A Life of Predictable Emergencies: Undocumented on Dialysis,” by Jake Harper, Side Effects Public Media
Read story and listen online


Feature Reporting (101+ Market)

“Not All Felons Want to Vote: A Community Worn Down by Politics,” by Mallory Noe-Payne, WVTF/RadioIQ
Read story and listen online: Link 1 | Link 2


Documentaries (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)

“America Works,” by staff, CBS Radio News


Documentaries (101+ Market)

“...and justice for all,” by Pat Duggins, Stan Ingold, Alex Aubuchon and MacKenzie Bates, Alabama Public Radio


Public Service in Radio Journalism (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)

“Wells Fargo Hurts Whistleblowers: NPR Investigation Sparks Senate Inquiry,” by Chris Arnold, Robert Smith and Elizabeth Kulas, National Public Radio, Planet Money
Read story and listen online: Link 1 | Link 2


Public Service in Radio Journalism (101+ Market)

“Small Town Justice: The Nick Hillary Trial,” by David Sommerstein, Lauren Rosenthal, Brit Hanson and Martha Foley, North Country Public Radio

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Television

Breaking News Coverage (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)


“Charlotte Riots: Chaos in the Queen City,” by Bill Melugin, WJZY-TV FOX46 Charlotte
Watch online


Breaking News Coverage (Small-Market Station, 51+ market)


Flood 2016 Breaking News Coverage, by Kevin Barry, Aaron Gerhardt, Matt Larsen and Jason Meyer, KGAN/KFXA
Watch online


Breaking News Coverage (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)


“Standoff at Standing Rock: Epic Native resistance to Dakota Access Pipeline,” by Amy Goodman, Laura Gottesdiener, John Hamilton and Denis Moynihan, Democracy Now!
Watch online


Documentaries (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)


“Dying For Change: Domestic Violence Victims and Law Enforcement Failures,” by Tony Kovaleski, Brittany Freeman, Andy Miller, Lindsay Radford, Ryan Luby, Jason Foster and Peter Lipomi, KMGH-TV
Watch online


Documentaries (Small-Market Station, 51+ market)


“No Room In Paradise,” by Anthony Aalto, Mike Hinchey, Gopinatha Hope Duran and Rick Blangiardi, Green Island Films
Watch online


Documentaries (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)


“48 Hours: Live to Tell: The Long Road Home,” by Vladimir Duthiers, Judy Tygard, Chris Young Ritzen, Michelle Fanucci, Nancy Kramer, Ruth Chenetz and Susan Zirinsky, CBS News
Watch online


Feature Reporting (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)


“Bringing Back Bruce,” by Lara Greenberg and Kyle Cooper, WHP CBS 21
Watch online


Feature Reporting (Small-Market Station, 51+ market)


“Weathering the Storm of Autism,” by Blake Essig and Albert Lutan, KTUU-TV
Watch online


Feature Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)


“The Climate Diaries,” by Mark Phillips, Lynne Edwards, Thorsten Hoefle and Andy Stevenson, CBS News
Watch online


Investigative Reporting (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)


“Failing at Fire Drills,” by Mitch Blacher, Jim O'Donnell, Dan Lee and Charlie Wellock, NBC Philadelphia
Watch online


Investigative Reporting (Small-Market Station, 51+)

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Investigative Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)


“Kayla Mueller: The Girl Left Behind,” by Brian Ross, James Gordon Meek, Brian Epstein, Megan Christie and Rhonda Schwartz, 20/20, ABC News
Watch online


Public Service in Television Journalism (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)


“Toxic Safety: Investigating Car Seat Chemicals,” by Julie Watts and ConsumerWatch Team, KPIX
Watch online


Public Service in Television Journalism (Small-Market Station, 51+ market)


“Medical Waste,” by Lee Zurik, Jon Turnipseed, Tom Wright and Greg Phillips, WVUE-TV
Watch online


Public Service in Television Journalism (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)


EpiPen Price Uproar, by CBS This Morning, CBS News
Watch online

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Newsletters

Public Service in Newsletter Journalism

“Challenges Facing Pacific Gas & Electric,” by Mavis Scanlon, California Energy Markets
Download [PDF]

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Research

Research about Journalism

“The New Newsrooms,” by Charles Lewis, Pietro Lombardi, Daniel Farber-Ball and Kelly Martin, Investigative Reporting Workshop
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Online Reporting

Deadline Reporting (Affiliated)

Brussels attacks, by Cassandra Vinograd, David Wyllie, Alastair Jamieson, Jason Cumming, Alex Smith, Matt Grimson and Lisa McNally, NBC News
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Deadline Reporting (Independent)

“An ISIS Surprise Attack,” by Iraq Oil Report
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Investigative Reporting (Affiliated)

“Great Land Rush,” by Tom Burgis, Pilita Clark and Michael Peel and Charlie Bibby, The Financial Times
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Investigative Reporting (Independent)

“Failure at the Faucet,” by staff and UW-Madison J475 students, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
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Non-Deadline Reporting (Affiliated)

“The Long Walk Home From War,” by John Luciew and Joe Hermitt, PennLive/Patriot-News
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Non-Deadline Reporting (Independent)

“Electionland,” by staff, ProPublica and the Electionland Coalition
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Online Column Writing (Affiliated)

Molly Ball, The Atlantic
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Online Column Writing (Independent)

Eric Black, MinnPost
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Digital Audio

“In the Dark,” by Madeleine Baran, Samara Freemark, Natalie Jablonski and Catherine Winter, APM Reports

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Audio Slide Show

“After the Boom,” by Marie Cusick, Ian Sterling, Tom Downing and Tim Lambert, StateImpact Pennsylvania
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Digital Video

“Toxic Lake: The Untold Story of Lake Okeechobee,” by Kait Parker, Marcus Stern, Spencer Wilking, Greg Gilderman and Craig Wilson, weather.com
Read story and watch online


EBooks

“Madaya Mom,” by Dan Silver, Xana O'Neill, Rym Momtaz, Dalibor Talajic and Miroslav Mrva, ABC News
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Public Service in Online Journalism (Affiliated)

“PolitiFact,” by staff, Tampa Bay Times
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Public Service in Online Journalism (Independent)

“Busted,” by Ryan Gabrielson and Topher Sanders, ProPublica
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Specialized Journalism Site

“Divided America,” by staff, The Associated Press
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