The Utah Investigative Journalism Project brought home the gold from the National Association of Real Estate Editors 71st annual journalism competition. UIJP won for the competitive “Best Investigative Report or Investigative Series” category for our reporting on evictions that happened in 2020 despite moratoriums in place meant to stop the practice.
The judges’ comments noted how UIJP “reporters diligently dug through documents and found that despite federal and state protections reducing the number of evictions during the pandemic, hundreds of renters a month still found themselves exactly in that position.” The judges noted the review made of more than 1,000 eviction filings writing that “The investigation is impressive in its scope and depth.”
The award is shared also with The Salt Lake Tribune, UIJP’s media partner on the series as well as the Economic Hardship Reporting Project which generously provided grant funding for the reporting project.
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