Miami-Dade County

Miami Herald’s ‘Innocents Lost’ child-death investigation wins ONA public service award

The Miami Herald has won a prestigious public service award from the Online News Association for Innocents Lost, an investigation that studied the deaths of children in families with child-welfare histories.

The year-long investigation into Florida’s lack of protection for children was honored with The Knight Award for Public Service at the Online Journalism Awards on Saturday night in Chicago.

The project’s team included investigations editor Casey Frank, senior investigative reporter Carol Marbin Miller, reporter Audra D.S. Burch, designers Laz Gamio and Kara Dapena, and videographer Emily Michot.

The series 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 state Department of Children & Families.

Other winners at the ONA awards include the Seattle Times for breaking news, and the Los Angeles Times, Pro Publica and the Center for Public Integrity for general excellence.

The awards ceremony ended ONA’s 2014 annual conference in Chicago, which attracted hundreds of journalists, bloggers, editors, producers, designers and photographers for dozens of workshops and panels.