StateImpact Ohio and the Columbus Dispatch’s joint coverage of the misuse of seclusion rooms in Ohio schools resonated with readers and lead to new rules about the use of seclusion and restraint in Ohio schools.
Now our work has been recognized by our peers, the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Association.
The Ohio APME named StateImpact Ohio the first-place winner in continuing coverage and second-place winner in investigative reporting for the Locked Away series.
The Ohio APME judges wrote:
Hard to believe that with all the concerns about children in this country, something like this was still going on.
Our partners at the Columbus Dispatch received a second-place award in enterprise reporting for the Locked Away series. Ohio APME judges cited the work as “a great collaboration between news resources that added depth and complexity to a story that many would not even tackle.”
And StateImpact Ohio’s Ida Lieszkovszky received a second-place award from the Ohio APME in feature reporting for her story on homeless students in Ohio.