The Society of Professional Journalists has honored the San Francisco Public Press with a 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Award for investigative reporting.
SPJ recognized “Public Schools, Private Money” by lead writer and project editor Jeremy Adam Smith and the staff of the San Francisco Public Press as the winning entry for investigative reporting by a non-daily publication in the newspapers/wire service category.
SPJ selected 85 national award winners from more than 1,600 submissions.
For the winter 2014 print edition cover story, our reporters examined tax records from parent-teacher associations and compiled 10 years of budget and academic data from the city’s school district. The research focused only on elementary schools to make easy comparisons. Our research shows that while a small number of schools were able to avoid the worst effects of recent budget cuts, belts continued to tighten at schools with more economically disadvantaged students. Read the series: sfpublicpress.org/publicschools
Congratulations to the whole project team!
- Jeremy Adam Smith — Lead writer and project editor
- Michael Stoll and Lila LaHood — editors
- Tearsa Joy Hammock and Luke Thomas — Photographers
- Jeffrey Thorsby, Jason Winshell, Adriel Taquechel and Shinwha Whang — Data team
- Justin Slaughter and Emilie Raguso — Sidebar writers
- Thomas Guffey — Designer