2019 Single-Topic News (Small Staff) Winner

Ron French and Mike Wilkinson | Bridge Magazine

Subbing Out Teachers

About the Entry

The Bridge’s data-driven reporting uncovered a startling increase in the number of uncertified long-term subs in Michigan’s classrooms. Ron French and Mike Wilkinson examined the issue from many angles, and provided families with a searchable database to look up how many long-term subs are in their schools.

Comments from the Judges

“Great mix of in-depth reporting and data analysis and presentation. Gets to the heart of journalism by providing valuable information that the public likely wasn’t aware of.”

“The entry represents dogged reporting that uncovered a serious problem that could greatly impact the quality of students’ education, but is not likely obvious to most outside of the school systems.”