StateImpact Florida, FCIR Win National Education Reporting Award

Shakira Lockett. (Foto de Sagette Van Embden.)

Shakira Lockett was one of the remedial students featured in “13th Grade.” (Photo by Sagette Van Embden.)

A collaborative project involving Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and StateImpact Florida won second place in investigative reporting for broadcast media in the 2012 National Awards for Education Reporting.

The project, “13th Grade,” documented how and why Florida schools have struggled to prepare students for college. The reporting was a joint effort that included John O’Connor and Sarah Gonzalez of StateImpact Florida and Mc Nelly Torres and Lynn Waddell of FCIR. StateImpact Florida is an education reporting project of NPR, WUSF in Tampa and WLRN in Miami.

First place in the category went to WAMU Public Radio for “American Graduate,” an examination of Washington, D.C.’s dropout crisis.

This is the third year in a row FCIR has placed in the National Awards for Education Reporting. Previous honors went to “School of Hard Financial Knocks” and “Virtually Worthless.”