The American Society of News Editors has reported the loss of 16,200 full-time newspaper editorial jobs from 2003 to 2012, while Ad Age reports the loss of 38,000 magazine positions. These numbers are only partially offset by the growth of about 5,000 jobs at digital news organizations, as reported by the Pew Research Center.
“The severe reduction in resources has a negative impact on all kinds of reporting, but especially investigative because of the high cost of doing it well,” said Stephen D. Solomon, Marjorie Deane Professor of Journalism. “The support provided by the Reporting Award and other nontraditional sources can help fill in some of the gaps.”
Over the last ten years, Reporting Award winners have covered Haitian earthquake victims; a shelter for homeless pregnant women; and membership disputes within Native American tribes.
Sarah Stillman, the Award’s first recipient in 2010, returned to Iraq and made her first trip to Afghanistan to pursue an investigative reporting project on the plight of foreign workers on U.S. military bases in both countries. Her resulting piece, “The Invisible Army,” appeared at a feature in the June 6, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. Ms. Stillman received a National Magazine Award for her article.