COLLEGE PARK (4/4/18) — A University of Maryland Capital News Service project on pedestrian safety in Maryland was a finalist in the student category of the IRE Awards, which annually recognize the best works of investigative journalism.
The project, “Pedestrian Casualties,” identified 100 areas of state and U.S. roadway maintained by Maryland’s State Highway Administration where at least five pedestrians were involved in an accident over the past two and a half years.
Philip Merrill College of Journalism students Lindsay Huth, Angela Roberts, Jake Gluck, Rebecca Rainey, Ellie Silverman, Helen Lyons, Naema Ahmed, Eliana Block, Rosie Brown, Michelle Sloan, Changez Ali and Amber Ebanks worked with Associate Professor of Investigative Journalism Deborah Nelson, CNS Data Editor Sean Mussenden and CNS Annapolis Bureau Director Karen Denny to publish the two-part project over the 2017 spring and fall semesters.
Student reporters also analyzed data that showed a stretch of road in Wheaton — home to a large community of Hispanic immigrants — was especially dangerous.
“This was an ambitious project that felt new and fresh,” the judges wrote in selecting the CNS project. “Good job comparing the University of Maryland community to poorer immigrant communities.”
The story — told through words, photos, video and interactive maps and graphics — was distributed through CNS’ partnership with the Associated Press and published by The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, WTOP Radio and other news sites.
The awards are presented by Investigative Reporters and Editors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to training and supporting journalists who pursue investigative stories.