Advocate reporters won two first-place awards and one second-place prize from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade competition.
“NOPD: Call Waiting,” a special report examining how skyrocketing emergency response times are affecting New Orleanians, took first in the non-deadline reporting category.
Advocate reporters Jeff Adelson, Jim Mustian, Gordon Russell, John Simerman and Matt Sledge analyzed every call for service taken by the Police Department since 2010, nearly 3 million records. The database was the end result of more than a year of public records battles that involved negotiations with multiple city departments.
Dan Swenson created the graphics, and WWL-TV reporters David Hammer, Mike Perlstein and Katie Moore worked with The Advocate on the series.
Advocate reporters also worked in conjunction with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom, to investigate how ex-New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper avoided prosecution even when women in several states said he had drugged and raped them.
The findings, written by Advocate reporters John Simerman and Ramon Antonio Vargas and published in concert with ProPublica, The Advocate and Sports Illustrated, won first place in sports reporting.
ProPublica reporters were Ryan Gabrielson and T. Christian Miller.
The Advocate’s coverage of the theater shooting in Lafayette last summer won second place in deadline reporting.
Advocate reporter Lanie Lee Cook broadcast the action live on Periscope until her cellphone ran out of power, and she, along with Rebekah Allen, Billy Gunn, Maya Lau and Jim Mustian, continued covering the story for weeks.
The Green Eyeshades recognize the best journalism in the southeastern United States.