FRONTLINE’s ‘Un(re)solved’ Wins Scripps Howard Award
Roman Ducksworth Jr., Peter Francis, Jimmie Lee Jackson and Alberta O. Jones are four of the people whose lives and deaths are explored in 'Un(re)solved,' a multiplatform project examining cold case killings from the civil rights era and the federal government's effort to right wrongs of the past.
SUN., JUNE 12, 2022 — The Scripps Howard Foundation announced Sunday that FRONTLINE and partners’ multiplatform investigation Un(re)solved has been honored with a Scripps Howard Award in the Excellence in Multimedia Journalism category.
In the award-winning web interactive and augmented-reality installation, audiences enter a forest of quilted memories to learn about four people whose untimely deaths were re-examined as part of a federal effort to grapple with America’s legacy of racist killings through the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act. From there, audiences can explore all of the more than 150 names associated with the Till Act, collected here in an accessible public forum for the first time: voting rights advocates, veterans, Louisville’s first female prosecutor, business owners, mothers, fathers and children.
The award also recognizes the project’s podcast, Un(re)solved. From award-winning reporter and podcast host James Edwards (16 Shots and South Side Stories), the series explores the Till Act, interweaving Edwards’ personal story as he reflects on his family’s experience with racist violence.
The Scripps Howard Award judges said that Un(re)solved “combines impactful audio, still imagery, illustrations and a visually amazing interactive design to draw users into what is a deeply reported narrative.” They added that “this powerful project blew us away.”
To bring the installation and digital interactive components of Un(re)solved to life, FRONTLINE partnered with Ado Ato Pictures, a premier mixed-reality studio founded by artist, filmmaker and technologist Tamara Shogaolu. The project is executive produced by award-winning filmmakers Dawn Porter (John Lewis: Good Trouble; Gideon’s Army) and Raney Aronson-Rath (executive producer, FRONTLINE).
“This is an incredible honor, it means a lot to have the work of our team and significance of the stories that make up this project recognized by such a prestigious award like the Scripps Howard Award,” says Shogaolu. I hope that this recognition will help shed more light onto these cases and the legislation needed to end this cycle of violence in America.”
“We’re so proud to have partnered with Tamara Shogaolu and Ado Ato to bring Un(re)solved to life nearly one year ago. Tamara is an incredible artist, and she created a landscape in which victims’ stories featured in Un(re)solved can be memorialized,” says FRONTLINE Executive Producer, Raney Aronson-Rath. “It’s not often that you have artists and journalists working side-by-side, but this collaboration led to the magic of what she was able to create with her team.”
“We are so grateful to the Scripps Howard Award Foundation for recognizing Un(re)solved. We share this great news with our partners StoryCorps, Black Public Media, Northeastern University’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, and with PBS and GBH, CPB who have supported this innovative storytelling,” Aronson-Rath adds.
FRONTLINE was also nominated for a 2022 Scripps Howard Award in the Excellence in Business/Financial Reporting category for its September 2021 documentary Boeing’s Fatal Flaw, from director Tom Jennings. Additionally, Pandora Papers, a major investigation from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and 150 media organizations, including FRONTLINE, won the Ursula and Gilbert Farfel Prize, recognizing excellence in national/international investigative reporting.
According to the foundation’s website, The Scripps Howard Awards are “one of the nation’s most prestigious American journalism competitions, offering $170,000 in prize money in 15 categories,” and the awards recognize “journalism that spurs action, news organizations that go the extra mile to expose previously undisclosed or misunderstood information and journalists who embrace new tools, channels, technologies and approaches to provide more immersive experiences for their audiences.”
Last year, FRONTLINE’s 2020 investigation COVID’s Hidden Toll was honored with the Ursula and Gilbert Farfel Prize.
The 69th annual Scripps Howard Awards were virtually presented on Sunday, June 12. Explore the award-winning Un(re)solved project here.
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