Jana Hayes placed ninth in the nation this week in the Hearst Awards’ investigative reporting category for her project revealing that Black people in Norman are, according to per capita rates, roughly three times more likely to be contacted, arrested or have force used against them by police than the city’s white residents.
The contest honors the top 20 college investigative reporting pieces in the nation.
This marks The Daily’s sixth placement of the 2020-21 Hearst cycle, which staggers its category deadlines throughout the academic year.
Syracuse won the Intercollegiate Writing Competition with the highest accumulated student points from the five writing competitions this year. OU – driven by placements of students from The Daily – placed fifth in the nation, behind Indiana, Arizona State and Florida and ahead of North Carolina, Drake, Nebraska, BYU and Penn State.
Last year, staffers from The Daily placed nine times in Hearst categories. Since 2014-15, The Daily now has placed 23 times in the contest, which honors the best in collegiate journalism.