SPJ Region 3 announces winners of the 2016 Larry Peterson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism

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Lois Norder

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution walks away with major honors of the Larry Peterson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism with the top prize of Grand Champion of the Overall Professional award in 2016. Lois Norder, AJC’s senior editor for investigations, won an individual award for her work with the investigative series, “Doctors and Sexual Abuse.” Her journalism team includes reporters Ariel Hart, Danny Robbins, Carrie Teegardin; data reporter Jeff Ernsthausen; videographer Ryon Horne; digital designer and illustrator Richard Watkins. Over 40 other AJC and WSB-TV staff also contributed to this award winning series. See Here for complete list of contributors.

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Ron Aiken

Runner Up for Grand Prize Champion of Overall Professional goes to Ron Aiken, publisher and editor of QuoriumColumbia.org. Aiken won this honor for his “Kickbacks, Corruption, Abuse Plague Richland Recreation Commission.” The Charleston Post & Courier‘s David Pardue won honors for his series, “Is it business or pleasure.”

 

The Georgia News Lab won the top award under the Grand Champion of

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Leighton Rowell

Overall Collegiate award in 2016 for the second year. Individual Larry Peterson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism awards will go to Leighton Rowell from the University of Georgia and Becca J.G. Godwin from Georgia State University. Both students

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Becca Godwin

won for their AJC article, “Many Atlanta judges flout state ethics laws — and don’t pay their fines.” The support team for the article are listed Here.

Godwin also won Runner Up for the Grand Champion of Overall Collegiate award for her AJC article, “New Ga. House Leader Jon Burns fails to disclose.”  Emily Bloch, former editor-in-chief of the University Press, the student publication of Florida Atlantic University, won honors for her article, “Still Spilling.”

The following is the professional list of category winners:

Print Professional Category: First Place — Lois Norder, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Doctors and Sex Abuse;” Runner Up — Doug Pardue, Charleston Post & Courier, “Is it business or pleasure?” Honorable Mention — Jenel Few, Savannah Morning News, “Sexual predator target girls along westside Savannah school routes.”

Online Professional Category: First Place — Lois Norder, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Doctors and Sexual Abuse;” Runner Up — Ron Aiken, QuoriumColumbia.org, “Kickbacks, Corruption, Abuse Plague Richland Recreation Commission;” Honorable Mention — Keith Long, Nieman Watchdog, “What if the Casey Anthony jury hadn’t been sequestered?”
Print Collegiate Category: First Place — Georgia News Lab’s Leighton Rowell and Becca J.G. Godwin, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Many Atlanta judges flout state ethics laws — and don’t pay their fines;” Runner Up — Georgia News Lab’s Becca J.G. Godwin, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “New Ga. House Leader Jon Burns fails to disclose;” Honorable Mention — Emily Bloch. Florida Atlantic University’s University Press, “Still Spilling.”

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Emily Bloch

Online Collegiate Category:  First Place — Emily Bloch, Florida Atlantic University’s University Press, “Party where student was allegedly gang raped last year to happen again;” Runner Up: Kelli Krebs, Florida Gulf Coast University’s Eagle News, “Green University Removes Practices Sustainability From Official Mission Statement Then Rethinks Decision.”

The Larry Peterson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism will be moving into the spring award circuit together with the Green Eyeshade Awards in  2017. The Larry Peterson Award Workshop is planned for April or May 2017. Watch for more details soon.

Partners for the Larry Peterson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism include the Society of Professional Journalism Region 3 and the Savannah Morning News. Sponsors include Tate Law Firm, Savannah State University Department of Journalism & Mass Communications, the Society of Environmental Journalists and the SPJ Florida Chapter.

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