“Hate in America” documentary wins RFK Journalism award

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Last year, News 21 – the national yearly investigative reporting project from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism – spent seven and a half months researching, investigating, and documenting hate crime and hate groups in America.

The first four months were spent at our respective schools – 40 students from around the country and world – researching and interviewing online and on the phone. During this time we established focus areas for our reporting, and background research.

For the final ten weeks, we all came together at the Cronkite School in downtown Phoenix, and from there arranged country-wide travel to interview and document people with as many varied experiences as possible regarding hate crime – Law Enforcement Agencies and agents, victims, perpetrators, witnesses, citizens, past and present.

In the end, we put together digital print stories, blog posts, and several documentary pieces, all online and free.

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