Multimedia Journalist of the Year
Angélica Casas, BBC News
First - The Washington Post: "Families share tearful reunions as U.S. ends international travel ban"
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."
Editor: Whitney Shefte
Third - The Washington Post: "‘It’s just gone’: Tornado leaves a Kentucky town in ruins"
Award of Excellence - The Washington Post: "Surfside condo survivor recounts narrow escape from building: 'I don't want to die in this'"
Editor: Hadley Green
Continuing News and Issue Reporting
First - The Washington Post: "Roe under threat: One doctor's journey to provide abortion care"
Second - BBC News: "Race in America: The legacy of the murder of James Byrd Jr"
Chelsea Bailey – producer, researcher
Third - BBC News: "Are America's unvaccinated changing their minds?"
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"
Senior producer: Whitney Shefte
First - The Washington Post: "Falling Behind"
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"
Third - BBC News: "A woman’s quest to find her biological father"
Award of Excellence - NPR: "A Daughter's Journey To Reclaim Her Heritage Language"
Documentary or Series
First - ProPublica: "Sound of Judgement"
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"
Additional Videography – Harrison Hill
Third - BBC News: "'I can finally be who I've always been'"
Long-Higgins and Shrai Popat. Illustrations and animations by Elena Perez.
First - The Washington Post: "17 requests for backup in 78 minutes"
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"
Third - The Washington Post: "How U.S. leaders deliberately misled the public about America’s longest war"
Best Multimedia Package
First - The Washington Post: "Examining a ‘righteous’ strike"
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"
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."
Award of Excellence - The Washington Post: "For Navajo, crowded homes have always been a lifeline. The pandemic threatens that"
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.