Saturday May 21, 2016
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:
- 1 man shot, seriously injured in Washington Garden’s in Elkhart Sunday night, April 17, 2016
- Washington Gardens residents say more cameras and policing would help the community, April 19, 2016
- Washington Gardens residents recount fears of living there as Elkhart leaders grapple with aftermath of deadly shooting, April 22, 2016
- Elkhart leaders discuss expanding substation, invoking nuisance ordinance for Washington Gardens, May 18, 2016