Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wins Nieman’s Taylor Award

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has won the Nieman Foundation’s 2013 Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers for Deadly Delays. The comprehensive watchdog investigation reveals how delays in newborn screening programs at hospitals across the country have put babies at risk of disability and death from rare diseases often treatable when caught and treated early.

Two other entries have been selected as finalists for the Taylor Award: America’s Worst Charities, a collaboration between the Tampa Bay Times and The Center for Investigative Reporting that exposed the country’s 50 worst charities and how they operate, and Trials: A Desperate Fight to Save Kids and Change Science, a six-year investigation by The Wall Street Journal’s Amy Dockser Marcus into the lives of families and scientists fighting a rare and fatal genetic disease.

The Taylor Award ceremony will be held on March 12 at the Nieman Foundation. The Taylor honor includes a $10,000 prize for the winner and $1,000 each for the two finalists. The award program was established through gifts for an endowment by members of the Taylor family, who published The Boston Globe from 1872 to 1999. The purpose of the award is to encourage fairness in news coverage by America’s daily newspapers.