Miami Herald reporters Carol Marbin Miller and Audra D.S. Burch have won the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism’s Selden Ring Award — one of the most prestigious prizes in investigative journalism — for the Miami Herald’s Innocents Lost series.
The year-long project, which included a searchable interactive database of nearly 500 children who died of abuse or neglect over six years in families that had contact with the Florida Department of Children & Families, led to sweeping changes in child welfare laws across the state.
Each year, for the last 26 years, USC’s journalism school has selected a project that has resulted in immediate changes. The award carries a $35,000 prize.
“The USC Annenberg School of Journalism is proud to present the Selden Ring Award, recognizing the extraordinary breadth of investigative reporting at news organizations big and small across the country — and the impact that reporting has in effecting change,” said Willow Bay, director of the School of Journalism in a news release.
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In September, the series, which was edited by Herald investigations editor Casey Frank, won the Knight Award for Public Service and earlier this month was recognized with the McClatchy President’s Award for Public Service.