With all the complex and troubling news of the past week, we neglected to announce some of our own recent happy news.
Here’s the deal:
Naturally, at WitnessLA, we made sure to tune in to find out who among our colleagues had won prizes.
Plus, because WLA was a finalist in two categories among the online publications, we were, of course, interested to see how we’d fared.
And we were thrilled to learn that we won or placed in both categories in which we’d made the finals.
In the category of best Online Hard News Feature, WitnessLA reporter Lauren Lee White won the first place award for her important and excellent story, “#MeToo Behind Bars: Sexual Misconduct at the LA County Women’s Jail.”
Here is what the judges’ said about White’s deeply researched investigation:
“In a disturbing feature about a serious issue, White illuminates a difficult situation for inmates.”
We thank the judges for that.
And we are also very grateful to the Fund for Investigative Journalism whose generous support helped to make White’s story possible.
Then in the category of best Online Investigative story or series, we won a third-place award for our three-part series “Facing the Inferno,“ which asked why LA County Probation wasn’t prepared to evacuate kids and staff at Campus Kilpatrick when a monster wildfire struck.
(Bloomberg News won the first prize in that category for reporters Mark Bergen and Lucas Shaw’s excellent four-part series about the struggle inside YouTube and Google, YouTube’s owner, as more and more people inside and outside the companies raised concerns about the mass of “false, incendiary, and toxic content that the world’s largest video site surfaced and spread.”)
In both of our categories, all of the other finalists featured excellent stories by publications with much larger staffs and budgets.
So we felt very good to be recognized in their company.
Just thought you’d like to know.