Georgia News Lab Wins 2016 Larry Peterson Award

For the second consecutive year the Georgia News Lab has been named the collegiate winner of the Larry Peterson Award for Investigative Journalism.



The Larry Peterson Award, sponsored by the Southeast chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Savannah Morning News, recognizes professional and student journalists who have produced noteworthy investigative broadcasting, print, online or radio work.

The Georgia News Lab was the inaugural, collegiate winner of the award in 2015.

“We are deeply honored by this award,” said Georgia News Lab Director David Armstrong. “We appreciate the attention it brings to the work these young journalists are doing. This is great validation of our model and further confirmation that student-pro collaborations can play an important role in investigative journalism going forward.

This year’s winning article, “Many Atlanta Judges Flout State Ethics Laws—and Don’t Pay Their Fines,” was written by Georgia State student Becca Godwin and University of Georgia student Leighton Rowell.

In addition to the award, student winners also receive a $100 cash reward.

The News Lab, a collaborative investigative initiative, is a partnership between Georgia State University, the University of Georgia, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV.

Through the lab, students are trained under university educators and professional journalists to become real-world reporters. 

For more information about the Georgia News Lab, click here.