Trevor Aaronson, executive director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, has won two Online Journalism Awards for projects he produced with staff at First Look Media’s The Intercept.
“Trial and Terror,” a database and article series about terrorism prosecutions since 9/11, won the University of Florida Award for Investigative Data Journalism in the small/medium newsroom category.
Aaronson and Margot Williams compiled the database, and the project represented a collaborative effort across disciplines, involving a team of designers, developers, researchers and editors at The Intercept. “This was very clear and useful to a reader no matter where they were coming from,” the judges wrote of the project. “The data was accessible, and as new data became available, it refreshes the narrative of the story.”
“America Reloaded,” a story about how the FBI used a fake documentary crew to investigate Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters, won for feature story in the small newsroom category. Aaronson wrote the story with The Intercept’s Ryan Devereaux. The entry tied for first with STAT’s “Dope Sick.” The judges said both projects were “deeply reported, vividly told and made terrific use of multimedia.”