Friday night, Chicago's journalism community gathered to celebrate the best of the city's news for 2010 at the Peter Lisagor Awards. Think of it like the Oscars of Chicago journalism. Everyone dressed up, smiling and cheering each other on while reflecting on a year of well-produced news.
The Chicago Reporter was excited to be honored with four Lisagor awards for reporting, multimedia collaboration, photography and graphic design. Take a look at the pieces which caught the judges' eyes:
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Our talented photographers - Joe Gallo, Jon Lowenstein and Mark Abrams - won an award for best photography in a non-daily publication.
Our collaboration with WBEZ's Natalie Moore on taser use in Illinois correctional facilities was recognized as best multimedia collaboration. The shocking investigation, Taser Timeout, found that correctional officers at the Jerome Combs Detention Center were underreporting their Taser use and sometimes using Tasers when it might have been unwarranted.
Sometimes, our investigative work at the Reporter can be a bit complicated, and it's tricky to find ways to help our readers understand huge data sets and investigations that take months to complete. That's where our incredibly talented graphic designer, Christine Wacther comes in. She won a Lisagor for her graphic work in the magazine.
Here's Christine's spread from the September/October 2010 issue on juvenile justice:
And last, but certainly not least, reporter Angela Caputo, Editor Kimbriell Kelly and intern Alissa Groeninger won for best in-depth reporting for their investigation, "Seventeen." The investigation revealed that 17-year-olds convicted of felonies in Cook County and sent to adult court are rarely violent criminals and nearly all of them plead guilty to get less time in jail.
2010 was a good year for the Reporter. We're proud of our Lisagor awards, but we're not ones to rest on our laurels. Check back with us every day on the blog and six times a year in the magazine for hard-hitting investigative journalism about our city.
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