“The Wounds of White Clay” won a prestigious human rights award at a ceremony at the Newseum May 23. It had been entered and won under a college journalism category but by the end of the ceremony it had taken the Grand Prize — that meant that the judges had selected it over other winners of the professional categories. That had never happened before in the 49 years the judges had handed out the award. This was so sensational that National Public Radio focused more than three minutes on the series, the students and the change they affected.
The stories focus on four beer stores across the state border from South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation and the socio-economic troubles on the reservation that could be traced to alcoholism even though alcohol on the reservation is illegal. The students spent a year reporting about 20 multimedia stories.
And check out the NPR story here