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News21 Project Featuring Gaylord College Students Earns Prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards

News21 Project Featuring Gaylord College Students Earns Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards

"America After Roe," an investigative journalism project led by the Carnegie-Knight News21 program and featuring contributions from Gaylord College students, has been honored with prestigious awards from the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization. The project received both the 2024 College Journalism Award and the Grand Prize, marking the first time in over two decades that the Grand Prize has been awarded to a college group.

The 2023 News21 fellows undertook a comprehensive investigation into the effects of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, extending beyond abortion bans and courthouse battles. Over the course of 10 weeks, the fellows, including Gaylord College's Marien López-Medina, Maddy Keyes, and Kevin Palomino, explored how this monumental ruling has affected health care, culture, policy, and individuals' lives. They traveled to cities both big and small to report on the ground and help the public better understand the real-world consequences of the decision. Their comprehensive multimedia project illuminates the complex realities of a post-Roe America. The stories produced by the News21 team are available for media outlets to publish at no cost.

Carnegie-Knight News21 is a national reporting initiative, headquartered at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, which brings top journalism students from across the country to report and produce in-depth, multimedia projects for major media outlets. 

The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, established by reporters who covered Senator Robert Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign, honor a free and fair press and celebrate media professionals whose work explores issues of human rights, social justice, and the power of individual action.

View the full news release on RFK's website