Sun wins National Headliners Award for long-term Reading by 9 project

March 19, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Sun's Reading by 9 project, which focuses on improving how children are taught to read, won first place for public service in this year's National Headliner Awards, a competition sponsored by the Press Club of Atlantic City, N.J.

The Sun's long-term project began with a four-part series in November that highlighted the failure of children to learn how to read adequately by the third grade. It has continued with additional articles focusing on two Baltimore schools, teacher training and other reading issues.

The Sun also has dedicated one news page and two feature pages each week to improving children's reading skills as part of the project.

The articles and editorials are part of a five-year public service campaign involving every department of the newspaper and includes having Sun employees tutor at local schools.

The National Headliner Awards, which will be presented May 2 in Atlantic City, is one of the oldest and largest annual contests in journalism.

Among the other winners were:

Dayton (Ohio) Daily News won best of show in the print category and best investigative report for a seven-part series about problems with medical care in the military.

In television, WGBH's "Nova" program won best of show and best series for "Coma," which chronicled the treatment of a 9-year-old with a head injury.

In radio, Westwood One-Mutual News-NBC won best of show and best documentary for "A Question of Color," a four-part series examining race relations.

Pub Date: 3/19/98

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