Media Summit

Raliance, in partnership with The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, recognizes the importance of sexual violence reporting. The RALLYs awards honor the highest level of journalistic achievement in covering sexual violence and were presented at the Raliance Media Summit on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. This one-day event brought together journalists to discuss changing the landscape on sexual violence reporting.

Sexual violence is a complex topic for journalists to cover and can be even more difficult for the general public to understand. At the nexus of trauma, violence, crime and public health, news coverage on sexual assault and rape often lacks the depth of context connecting specific events with broader social patterns. Raliance congratulates the following contest finalists in the four categories who have demonstrated effective reporting that conveys the scope of the problem of sexual violence while also identifying solutions and challenging the notion that these acts are inevitable.

1st Place – “Flight Risk” from Slate in Brookline, Massachusetts, Nora Caplan-Bricker, contributing writer


2nd Place – “BuzzFeed News: Ethics and they Eye of the Beholder” from BuzzFeed News in New York, New York, Katie J.M. Baker, Senior National Reporter


3rd Place Tie – “At Profiles Theatre the drama and abuse is real” from the Chicago Reader in Chicago, Illinois, Aimee Levitt, Staff Writer; Christopher Piatt, Contributing Writer; Robin Amer, Editor


3rd Place Tie – “BuzzFeed news: Some Days The Bomb Goes Off: The Ballerina Who Accused Her Instructor Of Sexual Assault” from BuzzFeed News in New York, New York, Jessica Luther, BuzzFeed Contributor

1st Place – “Doctors & Sex Abuse” from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in Atlanta, Georgia, Carrie Teegardin, reporter; Danny Robbins, reporter; Ariel Hart, reporter; Jeff Ernsthausen, data journalist; Ryon Horne, Videographer; Richard Watkins, web application specialist/illustrator; Alan Judd, reporter; Johnny Edwards, reporter


2nd Place – “Sex Trafficking: The Victims Next Door” from the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minnesota, David Unze, reporter; Stephanie Dickrell, reporter; Jenny Berg, reporter; Dave Schwarz, photojournalist; Lisa Schwarz, editor; Abigail Faulkner, producer


3rd Place – “Facing the Problem” from the SME Harbinger in Fairway Kansas, Celia Hack, Co-Online Editor; Morgan Browning, Head Photo Editor; Ellie Cook, Co-Online Editor; Caroline Heitmann, Head Copy Editor; Staff

1st Place – “A question of honor at Brigham Young University” from The Salt Lake Tribune in Salt Lake City, Utah, Erin Alberty, reporter; Jessica Miller, reporter; Rachel Piper, editor; Sheila McCann, managing editor; Staff of The Salt Lake Tribune


2nd Place – “Rape kit series” from The Plain Dealer” in Cleveland, Ohio, Rachel Dissell, reporter


3rd Place – “BuzzFeed News: Unfounded: Investigation into the Baltimore County Police Department’s handling of rape cases”, from BuzzFeed News in New York, New York, Alex Campbell, Investigative Reporter; Katie J.M. Baker, Senior National Reporter

1st Place – “BuzzFeed News: Tyler Kingkade’s reporting on sexual violence” from BuzzFeed News, Tyler Kingkade, National Reporter


2nd Place – “Coverage of Vanderbilt rape case” from The Tennessean / USA Today Network in Nashville, Tennessee, Stacey Barchenger, courts and criminal justice reporter; Adam Tamburin, higher education reporter


3rd Place – “University of Minnesota sexual assault” from the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minneapolis, Minnesota, John Shipley, Reporter/Columnist