PBS Frontline’s Local Journalism Initiative Honored with National Press Club’s Sheehan Prize for Investigative Journalism


WASHINGTON, October 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — PBS Frontline, America’s flagship public affairs series since 1983, will receive the National Press Club Journalism Institute’s 2022 Neil and Susan Sheehan Award for Investigative Journalism.

PBS Frontline has long been recognized with journalism’s highest honors for its outstanding news and documentary programming. The Sheehan Prize honors Frontline for its Local Journalism Initiative, especially. The Initiative supports investigative journalism carried out by local and regional news organizations by providing funding, editorial support and strategic advice. This year the Tampa Bay Weather received the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for a project supported by Frontline.

“We are delighted to recognize Frontline’s Local Journalism Initiative for providing vital support to news outlets struggling to deliver essential surveillance journalism. This helps ensure local journalists have the time and resources they need. to hold the powerful to account,” said Gil KleinPresident of the National Institute of Journalism of the Press Club.

Every year the Neil and Susan Sheehan The Investigative Journalism Award recognizes work that best reflects the Sheehans’ extraordinary commitment to the principle that a vibrant democracy depends on an informed public and a free press. The award promotes the practice of investigative journalism that exemplifies compassion, courage and integrity.

“Over the past three years, we’ve seen our local journalism initiative empower incredible local and regional news outlets and help deliver their accountability reports nationwide,” said the editor and executive producer of Frontline. Raney Aronson-Rath. “We are honored to see this initiative recognized by the National Press Club with the Neil and Susan Sheehan Investigative Journalism Award.”

“Local news is a vital part of our nation’s journalism ecosystem, and we’re proud to see the impact of the stories of our local journalism partners ripple through – sparking a national conversation and, in some cases, calls for a change in policy,” Aronson-Rath added. . “We share this award with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, whose generous support has made our local journalism initiative possible.”

The Institute will award the 2022 Sheehan Prize at its annual conference Fourth Estate Award Gala on December 7. The person gala will honor CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa district with the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Award.

The celebration will also pay tribute to the winners of the John Aubuchon Press Freedom Prize: Rana Ayyoubinvestigative journalist living in India and a contributor to the Washington Post Global Opinions whose work has faced an attack on her rights and freedom of expression, and Josh Renauda St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter who was threatened by the Missouri governor with criminal charges for discovering a security flaw in a state database.

The event is a fundraiser for the Institute of Journalism, the nonprofit affiliate of the National Press Club. Financial support for the Sheehan Prize is provided by a generous endowment from longtime friends of the Sheehans who wish to remain anonymous. Neil Sheehan was the author of “A Bright Shining Lie”, which won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in 1989. Susan Sheehan was the author of eight books of non-fiction. In 1983 she received a Pulitzer Prize for “Is There No Place on Earth For Me?”

The Sheehan Prize was awarded in 2021 to The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system; in 2020 for Ed Yong, the editor of The Atlantic who shaped our collective understanding of the coronavirus and its impact; in 2019 at Julie K. Brownthe Miami Herald reporter who gave the floor to That of Jeffrey Epstein victims long ignored and prompted a legal re-examination of Epstein’s predatory behavior and the culture that enabled it; and in 2018 to New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for their reports on Harvey Weinsteinwho elevated the #MeToo movement.

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The National Press Club Journalism Institute promotes engaged global citizenship through an independent and free press, and equips journalists with the skills and standards to inform the public in ways that inspire a more representative democracy. The National Press Club, the world’s leading professional organization for journalists, represents more than 3,000 professional reporters, editors and broadcasters worldwide.

Contact: Beth Francescodeputy executive director of the National Institute of Journalism of the Press Club, [email protected]

SOURCE National Press Club


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