The Plain Dealer has won the 2011 APME Journalism Excellence Award in International Perspective, “large circulation” category, for it’s six-part series “Unfinished Business: Suffering and sickness in the endless wake of Agent Orange.”
“Unfinished Business” touched a nerve with the Associated Press Managing Editors association judges. They described the project as a moving exploration of the lingering and devastating effects of Agent Orange on Vietnam War veterans and their families in the United States and on survivors in Vietnam.
Plain Dealer columnist and Vietnam Reporting Project fellow Connie Schultz spent more than a year researching and reporting the long-term effects that Agent Orange has on the lives of the Vietnamese, U.S. war veterans and their families, including a reporting trip to Vietnam in October 2010.
The APME award winners will be honored at APME’s annual conference, Sept. 14-16 in Denver. The awards luncheon will be held Thursday, Sept. 15, at the new Embassy Suites – Denver Downtown Convention Center.
The Vietnam Reporting Project — coordinated by the Renaissance Journalism Center and funded by the Ford Foundation — paid for the fellows’ travel to Vietnam, along with hotel rooms and food, and provided training and logistics support.