The Blade Receives the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspaper Coverage

June 2004
Nieman Reports;Summer2004, Vol. 58 Issue 2, p112
The Blade received the third annual Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers for its work in uncovering Vietnam-era war crimes kept secret for three and a half decades. An award dinner was held at the Harvard Faculty Club on April 8, 2004. The Blade investigative team focused in war crime activities of Tiger Force, an elite Army fighting unit, during a seven-month period in 1967. The Blade reporters found that military authorities were aware of the activities, yet did nothing to stop them. The judges also recognized two finalists, namely, the Wall Street Journal for stories examining the impact and reasons why people without health insurance are forced to pay more for health care, reported by Lucette Lagnado and the Des Moines register for its coverage of Iowa State University basketball coach Larry Eustachy's partying with students that led to his dismissal, by chief reporters Tom Witosky and Randy Peterson. The purpose of the Taylor Award is to encourage fairness in news coverage by the daily newspapers in the U.S. It was established through gifts for an endowment by members of the Taylor family, which published The Boston Globe from 1872 to 1999. The award carries a $10,000 prize and is administered by the Nieman Foundation.


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