Lancaster Paper Honored for Coverage of School Shootings

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The Lancaster New Era has won the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers for a series examining the shooting of 10 Amish girls in a one-room school house in Nickel Mines, Pa.

The $10,000 prize is awarded annually through an endowment from members of the Taylor Family, publishers of The Boston Globe from 1872 to 1999. The prize is administered by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

The judges praised The New Era for balancing the cultural and religious traditions of the Amish with the grim details of the shooting that killed five young girls.

“The stories shed light on worlds usually hidden from public view,” the judges wrote.

The jury panel included reporters for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Newark Star-Ledger, a Boston.com editor, a former Boston Globe ombudsman and the curator of the Nieman Foundation.

The other finalists were The New York Times for a series about U.S. secrecy in handling prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and The Cleveland Plain Dealer for a story on the imprisonment of an accomplished science researcher.

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