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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Team Wins 2014 USC Annenberg Selden Ring Award

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of reporters from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has been awarded USC Annenberg's 2014 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting for their series "Deadly Delays."  The team documented how delays at hospitals across the country undermine newborn screening programs, putting babies at risk of disability and death.

The $35,000 annual award, which has been presented for the past 25 years by the School of Journalism at USC Annenberg, honors the year's outstanding work in investigative journalism that led to direct results.

The team -- comprised of Ellen Gabler, Mark Johnson, John Fauber, Allan James Vestal and Kristyna Wentz-Graff – were recognized for their special report detailing the consequences of delayed tests to screen newborns for genetic disorders.

Gabler, Johnson, and Fauber were the reporters on the project, Wentz-Graff the photojournalist, and Vestal the news application developer.

"Deadly Delays" shed light on the nation's newborn screening programs that depend on speed and science to save babies from rare diseases. But, according to the series' findings, "thousands of hospitals fall short, deadly delays are ignored and failures are hidden from public view — while babies and their families suffer."

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigative team analyzed information from nearly 3 million newborn screening tests to produce this first-ever look at delays in newborn screening from hospitals across the country.

The team interwove a "rock-solid foundation of data with powerful human detail," stated the Selden Ring judges. "They found that hundreds of thousands of tests arrive late at labs nationwide, with sometimes devastating consequences." The jury further hailed the group for making hospital data available online that "allows readers to check their hospitals, a hugely valuable public service."

In addition, the judges cited the powerful impact of the six-month long investigation, as "…dozens of states [have] changed their process for dealing with infant screening and have cut waiting times. Arizona, for example, which had been one of the poorest performing states, completely overhauled its screening program."

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor Martin Kaiser said that the reporting and outcomes of "Deadly Delays" is at the core of not just good journalism, but also what the Selden Ring award itself represents. "Saving the lives of babies or keeping them from a lifetime of disability, makes a difference, which is what the Selden Ring Award is all about," he said. "It's not just about the investigative reporting, it's demonstrating how that reporting made an impact. What did it accomplish? And that's what makes winning this award even more special."

The Washington Post's coverage of National Security Agency surveillance programs was the runner-up for this year's Selden Ring award. The judges commended the Post's stories, based on materials from Edward Snowden for their "considerable original reporting, [which] laid bare the government's surveillance of the electronic communications of millions of Americans. The coverage was courageous, enterprising, and notable for its lucid explanation of complex technical matters and how they bear on the privacy and security of Americans. It has provoked an international debate about privacy and government surveillance that continues."

New York Times managing editor Dean Baquet chaired the judging panel, which included: Marc Duvoisin, managing editor of the Los Angeles Times; Robin Fields, managing editor of ProPublica, an independent, investigative newsroom; Brant Houston, professor and Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting, University of Illinois; Mark Katches, editorial director, Center for Investigative Reporting, and Alexandra Zayas, a reporter for the Tampa Bay Times who won the 2013 Selden Ring Award.

The judges combed through 61 entries from newspapers, nonprofit newsrooms, and alternative weeklies, which, according to their comments, "showed once again that investigative work of consequence and ambition is being done around the country."

"As institutions – whether they're non-profit, corporate or governmental – grow more powerful, the role of journalists in holding them accountable becomes increasingly important," USC Annenberg's School of Journalism Director Michael Parks said. "Using both data analyses and face-to-face reporting, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel performed a national service in showing the human cost of the delays in vital blood tests of newborn babies. Most importantly, its solutions-oriented work led to significant improvements."

Previous Selden Ring Award winners

About the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, graduate and undergraduate degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals, across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school's comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university in a global urban environment.

Contact: Anne Bergman, USC, 818-378-5417 or [email protected]

SOURCE USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

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