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Shadid Award Past Winners

Shane bauer, mother jones

Shane Bauer accepts the 2017 Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics. Photo by Bethany Swain, bethanyswain.net.

The winner of the 2017 Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics is Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer for his reporting on U.S. private prisons. He was presented with the award in a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 19, 2017.

Six projects that combined aggressive reporting on important issues with care for the consequences of that reporting were finalists for the 2017 Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics.

The 2017 winner was chosen from among six outstanding examples of journalism that displayed high ethical standards in the pursuit of truth, said judging chair Jack Mitchell.

The finalists were:

  • Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer, who wrestled with the problem of journalistic deception when he spent four months undercover as a prison guard in a corporate-run Louisiana prison.
  • The Spotlight team at the Boston Globe, which made sophisticated judgments in choosing when to identify victims and accused abusers while investigating sex abuse at New England private schools.
  • In her series “Venezuela Undone,” Associated Press reporter Hannah Dreier balanced journalistic objectivity with her human instinct to help victims as she showed the human cost of Venezuela’s crumbling infrastructure.
  • Kathy Gannon’s “Honor Bound” series for the Associated Presstook fairness and balance to an unusual level by seeking to understand the motives of men in some parts of the world who torture and murder women.
  • The Palm Beach Postchose public awareness of a not widely recognized problem over individual privacy when it devoted its front page to the photos of every person in Palm Beach County who had died from a heroin-related overdose in 2015.
  • In her report published in The Guardian, reporter Lauren Wolfe had to weigh whether publishing a story would do more harm than good as she brought international attention to the plight of young girls being kidnapped and raped in a village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 

The associated press

The Associated Press won the 2016 Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics for reporting that resulted in the freeing of 2,000 slave laborers used by the fishing industry in Southeast Asia.

While investigating an Asian “slave island” that provides fish for the American market, AP reporters Martha Mendoza, Margie Mason, Robin McDowell and Esther Htusan realized that any slave who talked with them faced possible execution. The reporters and their editors decided to rescue their sources from the island before publishing the explosive story.

“There is nothing unusual about journalists protecting their sources from discovery,” Jack Mitchell, chair of the judging committee, said. “But journalists usually minimize involvement beyond that. The AP defied convention by taking responsibility for the welfare and safety of the slaves, who were willing to face death to tell their stories. The journalists got the men to safety before publishing the stories.”

The AP team was chosen for the award over four other finalists who also demonstrated exceptional commitment to ethical journalism last year. They were:

the chicago tribune

The 2015 Shadid award goes to a team from The Chicago Tribune, whose revelations about serious abuses in Illinois’ juvenile justice system brought about reforms and led to the resignation of the director of the state Department of Children and Family Services.

The team includes David Jackson, Gary Marx and Duaa Eldeib, reporters for the Chicago Tribune – and Anthony Souffle, photographer for the Chicago Tribune.

the associated press

AP reporters Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, and AP editor Ted Bridis, won the Shadid Award for their report on the disappearance of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who disappeared while working in Iran.

Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

From 2010-2013, our annual ethics award was restricted to nominees from Wisconsin. Beginning in 2014, the award was named in honor of Anthony Shadid and began accepting nominations from journalists around the world.

Steven T. Lovejoy, The Journal Times

From 2010-2013, our annual ethics award was restricted to nominees from Wisconsin. Beginning in 2014, the award was named in honor of Anthony Shadid and began accepting nominations from journalists around the world.

Dan Flannery, Appleton Post-Crescent

From 2010-2013, our annual ethics award was restricted to nominees from Wisconsin. Beginning in 2014, the award was named in honor of Anthony Shadid and began accepting nominations from journalists around the world.

Tom Bier, WISC-TV

From 2010-2013, our annual ethics award was restricted to nominees from Wisconsin. Beginning in 2014, the award was named in honor of Anthony Shadid and began accepting nominations from journalists around the world.