COLLEGE PARK, Md. (August 16) – Merrill College’s urban affairs reporting class (Professor Sandy Banisky), Capital News Service (CNS Digital Bureau Chief Sean Mussenden) and Visiting Fellow Tom Bettag were named National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) “Salute to Excellence” winners Aug. 12 in the Online Collegiate “Use of Multimedia – Special Project category.”
The award was announced during an awards gala in New Orleans during NABJ’s national convention.
The award was for “In Poor Health: Why is Baltimore’s world-renowned health system struggling to keep Freddie Gray’s neighbors – some of the cities poorest residents – from getting sick?” The series was produced in concert with Kaiser Health News and received widespread coverage around the U.S. and the world.
In a post on Facebook, Dean Lucy Dalglish said, “I’m very proud to be representing the college in New Orleans tonight!”
The investigative series has won (and been nominated for) numerous awards over the past year including:
- The New York Academy of Medicine gives its 2017 Urban Health Journalism Prize for the Kaiser Health News / Jay Hancock series about health disparities in Freddie Gray’s neighborhood.
- Named a MOEy Award finalist by the Society of Professional Journalists (award winner will be announced during Excellence in Journalism 2017 Sept. 8.
- A number of Merrill College students and faculty are named finalists by the NIHCM Foundation with Kaiser Health News for “Baltimore’s Other Divide (Freddie Gray’s neighborhood).”