“On Shaky Ground,” a collaborative news report from nonprofit news organization California Watch and KQED in San Francisco, has won an IRE Medal, the highest award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. The judges called it “an extraordinary effort examining seismic safeguards in place to protect California’s schoolchildren from earthquakes,” with “astonishing breadth, depth and creativity.” Stories were published in more than 150 news outlets and translated into four languages, and video segments appeared in every major California media market.
Another pubmedia collaboration, among ProPublica, NPR and Frontline, received an award for multiplatform reporting. The judges called “Post Mortem: Death Investigation in America” a “hard-driving investigation into this little-understood part of the criminal justice system.”
In the radio category, NPR’s Ina Jaffe and Quinn O’Toole won for “Rising Violence in California Psychiatric Hospitals.” The judges “commend NPR for covering new ground on an important subject,” IRE said.