2016 Single-Topic News or Feature for Print/Online (Small Staff) Winner

Sarah Butrymowicz (Data Editor) and Jackie Mader (Staff Writer) | The Hechinger Report

About the Entry

This series delves deeply into the child care system in Mississippi, where low standards and weak oversight of child care providers perpetuate conditions that can put children at risk.

Comments from the Judges

“Really excellent work chronicling every parent’s nightmare … thoroughly reported, crisply written, well organized. Liked that they highlighted a system that works — real solutions journalism.”

“Excellent examination of an issue not covered thoroughly enough, but critical to communities. The reporting, voices, data and sourcing are strong and the writing clean and powerful. Wish we could see this for every state. Powerful entry.”