From The Toledo Blade
The Blade was awarded top honors in two categories Thursday during the Press Club of Toledo’s annual Touchstone Awards ceremony at the Toledo Club.
Blade staff writer Taylor Dungjen and staff photographer Amy E. Voigt received Touchstone excellence in journalism awards in the daily print category for their series earlier this year: “Battle Lines: Gangs of Toledo.”
“Bold, courageous, and wonderfully written and illustrated,” wrote representatives of the Press Club of St. Louis, who judged the Touchstone journalism awards. “This is an extraordinary example of public journalism. It is the kind of reporting that shines a light on real community issues, even when some community leaders want to keep those issues in the shadows.”
When the city refused to release a police-generated map of gang territories, Ms. Dungjen and Ms. Voigt created a map for the series, with help from active and former gang members.
Mayor Mike Bell condemned the series as “irresponsible journalism” and said it could hold back the city’s economic recovery.
The series has been recognized nationally as well, winning a Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism.