Wednesday, July 08, 2015
NEW YORK – The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier won the July Sidney Hillman Foundation award for its coverage of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting on June 17.
The Post and Courier distinguished itself with breaking news coverage of the shooting and subsequent hunt for the shooter. A statement from the foundation said the paper deserved credit for establishing the shooter’s connection to organized hate groups.
In the wake of the shooting, the Post and Courier took an early and forceful editorial stance against the Confederate Flag in the state capitol. On Monday, the South Carolina Senate voted to remove the flag.
“Most of the state’s elected leaders have also joined the calls for bringing down the flag and the state Legislature is poised this week to do just that,” said Doug Pardue, a special projects reporter who worked on the stories.
The paper’s frank discussions of race and racism have sparked controversy. The Post and Courier website was shut down temporarily by an apparent attack two days after the shooting.
“The Post and Courier’s coverage has been a national resource at a time of tragedy,” said Sidney judge Lindsay Beyerstein.
The Post and Courier is the South’s oldest daily newspaper. Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Berry Hawes, and Natalie Caula Hauff won a Sidney Award in September 2014 for a series on South Carolina’s domestic homicide crisis. The series went on to win a Pulitzer Prize.
The Sidney Hillman Foundation honors excellence in journalism in service of the common good. Judges are Rose Arce, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Hendrik Hertzberg, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Harold Meyerson and Lindsay Beyerstein. The Sidney Award is given monthly to acknowledge an outstanding piece of journalism during that month.