2023 Features (Small Newsroom) Finalists

See finalists listed in alphabetical order.

Jeff Oloizia

Madison Magazine

Is This Just a Drill? 

Comments From the Judges:

“Clear and compelling storytelling Length is warranted, and narrative and examples carry the reader through. Compelling stories from students and quotes from experts. Writer’s personal experience is effectively woven in. Timeline graphic and content is well done. Great close!”

“Really strong reporting — the candid interviews with former students and the anecdote about elementary school teachers being shot execution-style with plastic pellets caught my attention.”

Nirvi Shah

The Hechinger Report

These Would-Be Teachers Graduated into the Pandemic. Will They Stick With Teaching?

Comments From the Judges:

“A lot of work went into finding a class of prospective teachers and then into finding a handful to focus on. The results show: This is an engaging story of what happened to COVID-era college grads who went into [teaching]. The stories are well-told and real … and the resulting impact on students and the education field is evident.”

“I thought the subject matter was interesting and the interviews were compelling. Good work.”

Emily Tate Sullivan


Can Educators Afford the American Dream?

Comments From the Judges:

“This was a very strong story about a national problem. The lede anecdote about the teacher who is nearly 50 and searching for an affordable place to live was compelling. Deeply-reported, well-written coverage of an important, but little covered issue.”

“Tells an important story through the lens of one relatable teacher. Very well written. Rife with facts and figures. Photos and charts provide an engaging presentation.”