South-central Elkhart series garners Indiana AP honors

Saturday May 21, 2016

That's me, Tim Vandenack, holding the first place, best enterprise reporting plaque at the Indiana Associated Press awards dinner on April 15, 2016, in Indianapolis. The award came for the series I helped write on Washington Gardens.

That’s me, Tim Vandenack, holding the first place, best enterprise reporting plaque at the Indiana Associated Press awards dinner on April 15, 2016, in Indianapolis. The award came for the series I helped write on south-central Elkhart.

The series I helped write on Washington Gardens and south-central Elkhart last fall took a pair of honors in the Indiana Associated Press Media Editors contest:

  • First place, best enterprise reporting category (photographer Jennifer Shephard and I were named recipients, though many others were also involved).
  • First place, best multimedia storytelling (many were involved).

It’s pretty gratifying getting the recognition and it’s a big issue in Elkhart. Washington Gardens is a low-income public housing project in Elkhart that’s experienced its share of crime and violence. It’s located within south-central Elkhart, which also has had its share of problems. The series, “Down But Not Out: Life in south-central Elkhart, delved into life in south-central Elkhart and Washington Gardens from the perspective of those who live there.

My writing about Washington Gardens hasn’t let up. There was another shooting there in April, spurring more debate about how to address violence there. Here are links to some of the recent coverage:

 

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