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The New York Times wins 2017 Farfel Prize for Excellence in Investigative Journalism

Mar 20, 2018

The New York Times wins 2017 Farfel Prize for Excellence in Investigative Journalism

$20K award cosponsored by the Scripps College of Communication, Scripps Howard Foundation

ATHENS, Ohio (March 20, 2018)–The Ohio University Scripps College of Communication and the Scripps Howard Foundation are proud to announce the winners and finalists of the annual Farfel Prize for Excellence in Investigative Journalism. The award is given in cooperation with the Scripps Howard Awards, honoring substantive print reporting that covers stories intelligently and completely. The 2017 award goes to the New York Times.

The reporting team at the New York Times received $20,000 for “Harassed,” a series which was the catalyst for an ongoing reckoning about sexual harassment and abuse, secret settlements and lack of accountability.

Judges’ comments said “This series is in the best tradition of journalism that helps change the world. It ranges from stories that forced the removal of Bill O’Reilly at Fox News to those that got critical sources on the record to reveal the serial abuse of Harvey Weinstein. By broadening out to report on Ford Motor, Louis C.K. and Vice Media, the Times helped catalyze the #MeToo movement.”

Finalists for this award included The Washington Post for “Roy Moore”; and The Washington Post and “60 Minutes” for “DEA/The Whistleblower.”

The New York Times will be honored along with other recipients of the journalism awards by the Scripps Howard Foundation during the 65th Scripps Howard Awards event on April 19, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Entries for the Farfel Prize were judged by a panel of industry experts led by E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Director Bob Stewart.

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-From staff reports