CNS human trafficking series wins national award

By Maryland Reporter | September 19, 2016

By MarylandReporter.com

The multi-part Capital News Service series on human trafficking that ran last August in MarylandReporter.com won Best in Show in the Mark of Excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists at SPJ’s national conference in New Orleans Monday.

The best in show award is chosen from more than 4,100 entries in SPJ’s 2015 Mark of Excellence Awards competition open to student journalists across the country.

Capital News Service is part of the Philip Merril College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, staffed by graduate and undergraduate students under the direction of professional editors.

The Capital News Service project had contributors from the investigative reporting, media law and Baltimore urban affairs reporting classes. Students examined more than three dozen state and federal human trafficking cases from 2005 to 2015, submitting 70 public records requests for reports on human trafficking and prostitution...