Nieman selects winner of Taylor Award for Fairness in Newspapers

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The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., has won the 2011 Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers for “Twisted Truth: A Prosecutor Under Fire,” a three-part series reported by J. Andrew Curliss about prosecutorial misconduct by Durham’s district attorney Tracey Cline. The Taylor Award is presented each year by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

Two finalists have also been selected for the Taylor Award: The Boston Globe for “Fishy Business,” a two-part series that documented the widespread mislabeling of fish sold and served in Massachusetts and the Asbury Park Press for “Deadly Decisions: Struggling to Understand,” a report on a cluster of suicides by teens and young adults in the Manasquan, N.J., area.

The judges for the Taylor Award were Tyler Bridges, a 2012 Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a freelance author/journalist who was most recently based in Lima, Peru; Tiffany Harness, Europe, Latin America and Africa editor for The Washington Post, who edited the Post’s series “Paths to Jihad,” which was selected as a finalist for the 2010 Taylor Award; and Marjie Lundstrom, senior writer for projects and investigations at The Sacramento Bee, whose series “Who Killed Amariana?” was also a finalist for the 2010 Taylor Award.