Palo Alto Weekly

News - April 18, 2014

Weekly wins national reporting award

School bullying coverage honored for 'public service'

The Palo Alto Weekly's ongoing coverage of the Palo Alto Unified School District's handling of bullying received the 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service Journalism, the Society for Professional Journalists announced Wednesday.

The award, which will be presented at a dinner June 20 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., honors the work of Weekly writers Terri Lobdell and Chris Kenrick and Editor Jocelyn Dong throughout 2013.

The Weekly was one of 85 winners at newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations and online news sites across the country from nearly 1,800 entries, according to the Society's announcement of the awards.

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards date back to 1932 and each year recognize exceptional professional journalism as judged by a panel of prominent veteran journalists. The Weekly's award is in the non-daily newspaper category.

The Weekly coverage included two cover stories researched and written by Lobdell, "Out of the Shadows," (June 14, 2013) about bullying, and "Power to Hurt," (Aug. 16, 2013) on the use of social media by teens, and numerous news stories by Kenrick and Lobdell on the school district's handling of bullying complaints, federal investigations and the development of bullying policies.

The award also recognizes the Weekly's pursuit and use of public records as part of its reporting process.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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