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The Arizona Republic & USA Today Network receive SPJ New America Award for 'The Wall' project


Christine Cordial, Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, ccordial@spj.org
Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, itaylor@spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists is happy to recognize The Arizona Republic with the USA Today Network as the recipient of the 2017 New America Award.

The New America Award honors journalism that sheds light on important issues of immigrant or ethnic communities in the United States.

A USA Today Network special report by The Arizona Republic, “The Wall” examines the lives of those people affected by the idea of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, on all sides.

“The Wall addresses more globally what a lot of other stories tried to address in a more micro fashion by telling stories from a single place,” said the judges’ comments. “The Wall illustrates the immigration issue across the Southwest in areas that vary widely in terms of reception and acceptance of immigrants. It’s an amazing look at the technicalities and the people of the United States border with Mexico, from aerial video describing the border areas to stories about the people whose daily lives are impacted by immigration crackdowns.”

The full series can be found here.

The New America Award is celebrating 14 years of honoring work focused on immigrant or ethnic communities. This year’s recipients will be honored at the SPJ President’s Installation Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 29, during the Excellence in Journalism 2018 conference in Baltimore.
Find the details about the New America Award, including past recipients, here.

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