2018 Single-Topic News (Large Staff) Finalist: The New York Times Staff

Dana Goldstein, Anemona Hartocollis, Winnie Hu, Elizabeth A. Harris, Erica L. Green and Katie Benner | The New York Times

“Racial Disparity In Education”

About the Entry

The New York Times explored racial inequities in America’s educational system through comprehensive and deep coverage of a variety of issues and locations, including examining legal challenges to the use of affirmative action in college admissions practices and a blockbuster investigation into allegations that a Louisiana high school cheated to get its disadvantaged students into top colleges.

Comments from the Judges

“Excellently reported and written on key subjects in education inequality.”

“Lots of wonderful journalism here – examining racial disparities in different ways, with reporting from different parts of the country. Each story shines in its own way. The T.M. Landry story … is a tremendous example of public service journalism – exposing the predator who posed as a school operator, and also highlighting a broken system that allowed him to prosper in the first place.”

“This collection of stories was an ambitious effort to offer a fresh perspective about an old issue – race as a factor in college admissions and educational opportunities.”