Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune has won the Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting for a project exploring the long-term impact of violence on children in a poor neighborhood in New Orleans.

NPF judges said:

“NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune journalists spent a year following a youth football team in a deeply troubled section of New Orleans to report on the devastating impact of exposure to unrelenting violence in their schools, their neighborhoods and their homes. The resulting project, ‘The Children of Central City,’ covers scientific angles and the children’s personal stories, woven together with heart-wrenching narrative elements and visuals.”

Team members include Jonathan Bullington, Richard Webster, Brett Duke, Emma Scott and Haley Correll.

The National Press Foundation has established a  journalism award to honor excellence in mental health reporting. The award, which carries a $10,000 prize, is called the Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting, in memory of the Potomac, Maryland philanthropist and activist. Mattingly’s family decided to establish the award in the aftermath of her tragic death in 2014. The award is open to any U.S.-based journalist at a U.S.-based news organization, including print, broadcast and online journalists. The award recognizes exemplary journalism that illuminates and advances the understanding of mental health issues and treatments for the illness.