Five projects that combined aggressive reporting on important issues with care for the consequences of that reporting are finalists for the 2016 Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics.
The 2016 winner will be chosen from among five extremely strong examples of journalism that displayed high ethical standards in the pursuit of truth, said judging chair Jack Mitchell. The five finalists are:
- A team of journalists from McClatchy newspapers took care to preserve the medical privacy of victims while exposing the human toll of America’s Cold-War-era nuclear energy programs.
- ProPublica and NPR took similar care in protecting the privacy and dignity of sick and injured employees as their reporters revealed how states across the country are curtailing their workers compensation programs.
- Reporters from the Columbus Dispatch also dealt with privacy issues in reporting on suicides as a public health issue, while considering the probability that reporting on suicides might lead to copycat attempts.
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Gina Barton faced an array of ethical challenges reopening a 40-year-old unsolved murder case that, fairly or unfairly, might reflect badly on individuals and institutions.
- In reporting on the use of “slave labor” in producing the fish Americans eat, a reporting team from the Associated Press needed to protect its sources from retaliation, including death.
The center will choose a winner from among the finalists in late March and present the award at its annual conference April 29 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Registration for the conference “Race, Ethnicity and Journalism Ethics” is now open. The cost is $20. Register now to save. The price increases to $25 April 9.