‘Dallas Morning News,’ ‘Hartford Courant’ Win 2007 Dart Awards

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By: E&P Staff

The Dallas Morning News and Hartford Courant have been named the winners of the 2007 Dart Awards for Excellence in Reporting on Victims of Violence.

The two newspapers will split the $10,000 award, which is given each year “to recognize reporting that best portrays victims and their experiences with accuracy, insight and sensitivity while illustrating the effects of violence on victims’ lives and the process of recovery from emotional trauma.” The awards are given by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at the University of Washington.

The Dallas Morning News story which received the award was a seven-part series by reporters Paul Meyer and Stella Chavez, and photographer Laura Solt, called “Yolanda’s Crossing.” The series documented the the life of an illegal immigrant who went from being sexually abused in Mexico to her search for justice int he U.S. courts. The Courant was recognized for “Mentally Unfit, Forced to Fight”by reproters Lisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman, which looked at how some U.S. soldiers are sent into combat zones despite histories of serious psychological problems.

The Wilmington (Del.) News-Journal was recognized with an Honorable Mention for “Losing Stephen: The Anguish of a Soldier’s Mother.” Other finalists for the prize included the Christian Science Monitor for “Africa After Wars: Paths to Forgiveness,” Lancaster New Era for “Lost Angels,” and The Seattle Times for “Trapped in between Life and Death.”

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