AP, Washington Post win Dart journalism awards

From the 2016 Dart Award-winning piece, “The Other Disappeared”: This is a section of an 84-photo composite of people, each holding an image of their missing relative. The photographs of the 84 were shot between April and August of 2015 in the city of Iguala and surrounding towns. Photo: Dario Lopez-Mills / The Associated Press

The first story, by the Associated Press, combined writing, photos and video as it details the lives and violent deaths of people in Iguala, Mexico, a town plagued with killings and kidnappings. In the second, a reporter and a photographer document the life of 16-year-old Cheyeanne Fitzgerald, who survived a school shooting in Oregon but was left with severe physical and mental challenges in the aftermath.

The Associated Press and the Washington Post won this year’s Dart Awards for Excellence in Covering Trauma.

According to the Center, writing about the AP series, “Judges described ‘The Other Disappeared’ as a ‘tour de force,’ reported with ‘incredible depth, rigor and compassion.’ They called the scope of the project ‘astounding,’ the writing ‘sweeping’ and ‘detailed,’ the photographs ‘haunting’ and ‘evocative,’ and the multimedia presentation ‘powerful’ and ‘heartbreaking.’”

On the Washington Post’s “A Survivor’s Story,” the Center writes that the judges “called the writing ‘beautifully detailed’ and ‘brimming with insights,’ and praised the team for showing ‘how difficult recovery is, what resilience means, and how survivor stories are often messy, harrowing, and hopeful all at the same time.’”

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, supported by the Dart Foundation, is based at the Columbia School of Journalism in New York City.