2015 Single-Topic News or Feature for Print/Online (Medium Staff) Winner

Jackie Valley | Las Vegas Sun

The Las Vegas Sun offers insight into how Nevada struggles to help children battling mental illness.

Comments from the Judges:

“Writing is vivid, riveting, powerful and masterful. Every word mattered. The collection of stories illustrated, in great detail, the paths that mental illness can lead them down — from jail to the grave.”

“Powerful series of stories. The title is apt: the children, and their families and communities, are in crisis. … [T]he people, both families and experts, provide voice and emotion.”

“Wow, wow, wow. The Las Vegas Sun and reporter Jackie Valley do an incredible job in showcasing the mental health crisis impacting Nevada schools. The way they bring this to light through dynamic graphics, local forums and impressive photos does a superb job in attracting reader attention.”