2022 Eyes of History: Digital Storytelling Results

Multimedia Journalist of the Year
Angélica Casas, BBC News
  • ‘Our first day of freedom on American soil’
  • The mystery of how long Covid damages our memory
  • Race in America: The legacy of the murder of James Byrd Jr
  • Are America’s unvaccinated changing their minds?
  • A woman’s quest to find her biological father

  • News Story

    First - The Washington Post: "Families share tearful reunions as U.S. ends international travel ban"
    Video journalist: Whitney Shefte
    Senior producer: Jesse Mesner-Hage

    Second - The Washington Post: "People in LaPlace, La. Are used to storms. They've never seen anything like Hurricane Ida."
    Video journalists: Alice Li and Zoeann Murphy;
    Editor: Whitney Shefte

    Third - The Washington Post: "‘It’s just gone’: Tornado leaves a Kentucky town in ruins"
    Video journalists: Jorge Ribas, Whitney Leaming

    Award of Excellence - The Washington Post: "Surfside condo survivor recounts narrow escape from building: 'I don't want to die in this'"
    Video reporter: Erin Patrick O’Connor;
    Editor: Hadley Green

    Continuing News and Issue Reporting

    First - The Washington Post: "Roe under threat: One doctor's journey to provide abortion care"
    Video Journalists: Alice Li, Whitney Leaming

    Second - BBC News: "Race in America: The legacy of the murder of James Byrd Jr"
    Angélica Casas -producer, cinematographer, editor
    Chelsea Bailey – producer, researcher

    Third - BBC News: "Are America's unvaccinated changing their minds?"
    Angélica Casas – producer, cinematographer, editor
    Xinyan Yu – producer, cinematographer, editor
    Sarah Scott – graphics

    Award of Excellence - The Washington Post: "'We need it to rain': Arizona is hauling water to keep animals alive"
    Video reporter: Erin Patrick O’Connor;
    Senior producer: Whitney Shefte

    Feature Story

    First - The Washington Post: "Falling Behind"
    Video Journalists: Lindsey Sitz & Whitney Leaming
    Spanish language producers: Luis Velarde & Jorge Ribas
    Senior producers: Reem Akkad & Whitney Shefte
    Graphics: Danielle Kunitz

    Second - The Washington Post: "'I'm still trying to understand': Family speaks out after 15-year-old's suicide"
    Joy Sharon Yi, Kate Woodsome and Jayne Orenstein

    Third - BBC News: "A woman’s quest to find her biological father"
    Angélica Casas – producer, cinematographer, editor

    Award of Excellence - NPR: "A Daughter's Journey To Reclaim Her Heritage Language"
    Michael Zamora, Emily Kwong

    Documentary or Series

    First - ProPublica: "Sound of Judgement"
    Jessica Koscielniak, Senior Producer & Editor
    Julia Wall, Producer & Editor
    Scott Sharpe, Visuals Editor
    Almudena Toral, Executive Producer

    Second - USA TODAY: "Boots On The Ground: The Black community in Minneapolis finds peace after George Floyd"
    Video Producer, Cinematographer and Editor – Jarrad Henderson
    Additional Videography – Harrison Hill

    Third - BBC News: "'I can finally be who I've always been'"
    Directed, produced and edited by BBC News video journalists Hannah
    Long-Higgins and Shrai Popat. Illustrations and animations by Elena Perez.


    First - The Washington Post: "17 requests for backup in 78 minutes"
    Dalton Bennett, Shawn Boburg, Sarah Cahlan, Peter Hermann, Meg Kelly, Joyce Sohyun Lee,
    Alice Li, Elyse Samuels
    Video Producers & Editors: Sarah Cahlan, Meg Kelly, Joyce Sohyun Lee, Alice Li, Elyse Samuels
    Animators: Brian Monroe, Daron Taylr
    3D Modeling: Jarrett Ley
    Senior Producers: Nadine Ajaka, Eric Rich
    Executive Producer: Phoebe Connelly
    Contributing Reporters: Aaron Davis, Aaron Steckelberg, Ted Muldoon

    Second - The Washington Post: "How 9/11 'Truther' conspiracy theories fueled the war on reality"
    Kate Woodsome, David Byler, Danielle Kunitz, Andrew van Baal, George M. Murphy, Jay Miller, Aly Spengler

    Third - The Washington Post: "How U.S. leaders deliberately misled the public about America’s longest war"
    Joy Sharon Yi, Craig Whitlock, Jayne Orenstein, Tom LeGro, Randolph Smith, Joyce Lee

    Best Multimedia Package

    First - The Washington Post: "Examining a ‘righteous’ strike"
    Reporters: Alex Horton, Sarah Cahlan, Dalton Bennett, Joyce Sohyun Lee, Meg Kelly, Elyse Samuels
    Additional reporting: Susannah George, Olivier Laurent, Daron Taylor, Shelly Tan
    Design and development: Irfan Uraizee

    Second - The Washington Post: "Recovering together: Along the path of destruction, resilient communities offer a glimmer of hope after tornadoes"
    Videography by Drea Cornejo, Joyce Koh, Whitney Leaming, Erin O’Connor, Jorge Ribas, Whitney Shefte
    Video editing by Jesse Mesner-Hage

    Third - The Washington Post: "The Attack: The Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol was neither a spontaneous act nor an isolated event."
    The Washington Post staff

    Award of Excellence - The Washington Post: "For Navajo, crowded homes have always been a lifeline. The pandemic threatens that"
    Videos by Darian Woehr and photos by Hailey Sadler of the Home Collective. Associate production and translation by Dorothea Sullivan. Impact production by Allie Young. Fixer Lynnea Hewey. Additional drone footage by Erin Patrick O’Connor. Project editing by Kate Woodsome. Design and development by Yan Wu. Graphics by Sergio Peçanha. Copy editing by Eric Althoff. This project was produced with support from the National Geographic Society.

    2022 Digital Storytelling Contest Judges

    Committee note: Due to a last minute assignment, the previously announced Jika González was replaced by Juanita Ceballos.

    Juanita Ceballos is a documentary producer and cinematographer based in New York. She currently works for VICE News. She has reported throughout Latin America, with bylines in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. She has covered stories including the epidemic of forced disappearances in Mexico, Venezuela’s migration crisis, Brazil’s 2018 presidential election, and the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

    Before moving to the United States, she worked as a videographer in the Mexico City bureau at Telemundo, where she reported extensively on the disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College. Her work has appeared on VICE News, HBO, Showtime, Telemundo, Al Jazeera, Univision, NBC News, TIME, Narratively and, The New York Times. She’s a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she sometimes works as an adjunct professor.

    Brian Kaufman is the Executive Video Producer at the Detroit Free Press, where he bridges the gap between video journalism and documentary film. Kaufman’s work spans a broad range, from news-driven shorts to feature films on social and environmental issues. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has awarded Kaufman three Emmy awards and nominated him in the craft category of Nature and Wildlife Cinematography. Most recently, Kaufman directed and edited The Wall, a feature film about President Trump’s proposed border wall that was part of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Detroit rebellion, Kaufman directed and edited 12th and Clairmount, an entirely archival feature film that Variety described as, “a revelatory portrait of the city … illuminating and innovatively crafted.”

    Kaufman’s career began with a Visual Journalism degree at Brooks Institute of Photography in California and a job at the Naples Daily News in Florida, where he helped launch the first newspaper-based television newscast in the country. Since joining the Detroit Free Press, Kaufman has been instrumental in facilitating the education of video journalism to other newspaper photographers and reporters, including a USA Today Network initiative that dramatically increased video traffic in newsrooms nationwide. He teaches video storytelling annually at Maine Media Workshops.

    In his spare time, Kaufman pursues adventure, solitude and fine art photography in wilderness.

    Sue Morrow is the Editor and Creative Director for NPPA’s News Photographer magazine and the Director of The Kalish Workshop. She has worked as a photo editor and manager at some of the best newspapers in the country: San Jose Mercury News, Tampa Bay Times, The Sacramento Bee, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Boston Globe. During her tenure as Assistant Managing Editor for photography at the Times, the photo staff was recognized with numerous awards for photography and editing in Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism, and Society of News Design, winning Picture Editing Team Portfolio in POYi.

    She was the visiting professional for E.W. Scripps School of Communications at Ohio University in 2017-18 and has lectured at The Poynter Institute, Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar and many NPPA-related seminars and contests. Since 1994, she has been faculty and board member with The Kalish pictures editing workshop and served as its director 2011-13 and 2022. She has been a judge for POYi, BOP, SND, the White House News Photographers Association, and the Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

    Sue Morrow, picture editor, designer, producer
    Photo by Michael Rondou