The Chronicle Wins 12 Awards for News Coverage, Commentary, and Design

April 07, 2014

The Chronicle has won 12 awards from three national organizations in recognition of news coverage, opinion pieces, data presentation, photography, and design published in 2013.

The Education Writers Association’s National Awards for Education Reporting honored The Chronicle seven times, in awards announced on Monday. Three of those awards were first-place prizes in categories for news publications that cover only education:

  • Eric Hoover and Sara Lipka, in the single-topic news or feature category, for "The Second-Chance Club," a journey inside a semester of remedial English at the Takoma Park campus of Montgomery College, a two-year institution in Maryland.
  • Audrey Williams June, in the beat-reporting category, for her coverage of faculty issues, including articles about department chairs, job searches, search committees, the fate of Ph.D. recipients, adjunct professors, pay gaps, and a fired professor.
  • Goldie Blumenstyk, Kelly Field, Ben Gose, Joshua Hatch, Xarissa Holdaway, Katherine Mangan, Brian O’Leary, Marc Parry, Jennifer Ruark, and Beckie Supiano, in the investigative-reporting category, for "The Gates Effect," a package of seven articles and data arrays that examines the power of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in higher education.

The Education Writers Association also awarded a first-place prize, in the medium-newsroom category, for excellence in data journalism to Jonah Newman and Mr. O’Leary for their presentation of The Chronicle’s annual survey of Executive Compensation at Private Colleges.

The association also recognized The Chronicle in the following categories:

The Chronicle also recently won four awards of excellence in the Society for News Design’s Best of Digital Design competition:

  • Erica Lusk, Mr. O’Leary, and Brad Wolverton were recognized for "Bounced Around," a profile of a basketball coach who held 12 jobs in 16 years. The project’s editor was Scott Smallwood.
  • The Chronicle and threespot were recognized for College Reality Check, a microsite designed to help would-be students answer questions about going to college. The project was directed by Ron Coddington, Mr. Smallwood, and Rob Watson.
  • Tom Bartlett, Rose Engelland, Ms. Lusk, and Mr. O’Leary were recognized for "The Science of Hatred," a profile of a Bosnian social psychologist that explored the human nature for evil. The project’s editor was Ms. Ruark.
  • Mr. Hatch and Mr. O’Leary were recognized for "The Gates Effect," edited by Ms. Ruark.

Finally, in the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism 2014 Multimedia contest, "Bounced Around" won second prize in the category of sports multimedia story.