Herald-Leader series wins McClatchy President’s Award – Lexington Herald Leader
A Herald-Leader series that explained how a property tax break intended to help farmers was being applied to 10-acre lawns and land pegged for development has won a McClatchy Presidentâs Award.
The judges called the series âan impressive example of identifying an outrageous problem thatâs hiding in plain sight.â It prompted a legislative study and changes by the local property valuation administrator.
Herald-Leader reporters Linda Blackford and John Cheves wrote the âHarvesting Tax Breaksâ stories, with editing by John Stamper and an interactive map and data compiled by Deedra Lawhead.
The Presidentâs Awards are meant to recognize the best work from among McClatchyâs 30 newsrooms during the prior year. Emphasis is placed on digital accomplishments, innovation and exemplary reporting, writing, photography and videography.
Among the other 10 award winners announced Friday were the staff of The Charlotte Observer, for coverage of a police shooting that led to protests, and the Miami Herald, McClatchyâs Washington Bureau and the companyâs video lab, for their collaborative work on the Panama Papers project with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and other media organizations.
âThe Presidentâs Awards confirm what I see every day: That across the country, McClatchy journalists are producing compelling and essential work that makes our communities better,â Craig Forman, McClatchyâs president and CEO, said in a news release. âIt’s never an easy time to be a journalist â these days especially â but the reporting honored by these awards is an excellent reminder that our work is more important than ever before.â