July 4, 2012 -- The Boston Globe won a national award for online journalism for its
series on the mislabeling of fish at restaurants and grocery stores in
the 2012 National Press Club Journalism Contest, the National Press Club
announced this week.
Reporters Jenn Abelson and Beth Daley won the Joan M. Friedenberg
Online Journalism Award for their “Fishy Business’’ series, which was
published last October. The award is given to reporters who have “done
original reporting and have taken advantage of online technology in
order to provide a thorough and graphically attractive report,”
according to the National Press Club.
“It’s terrific for reporters Jenn Abelson and Beth Daley to receive
recognition from their peers for their outstanding work that showed
consumers were being cheated,” said Globe health and science editor
Gideon Gil. “For the Globe, winning in the online category is especially
gratifying because it validates our success as a multimedia journalism
The series was the result of a five-month investigation that found
Massachusetts consumers routinely and unknowingly overpay for less
desirable fish. DNA testing of samples collected from more than 100
restaurants, grocery stores, and seafood markets found that 48 percent
of 183 samples turned out to be a different species than what was
“This was a series that resonated immediately and viscerally with
readers,” Globe editor Martin Baron said. “We’re pleased that it found
similar resonance among judges for this prestigious national award.
Notably, judges recognized how effectively the Globe’s journalism was
delivered online, at the frontier of storytelling.”
The series also received an honorable mention in the consumer
journalism-newspapers category for the series. The top award in that
category went to Michael Berens and Ken Armstrong of the Seattle Times.
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