Prison bankers documentary wins Sigma Delta Chi award

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The Center for Public Integrity’s documentary Time is Money has won a Sigma Delta Chi Award for digital video, the Society of Professional Journalists announced Thursday.

As part of the Profiting from Prisoners series, the 23-minute documentary revealed how a growing web of prison bankers, private vendors and corrections agencies profit off the innocent by shifting costs onto inmates’ families. Multimedia editor Eleanor Bell and finance reporter Dan Wagner collaborated on the project.

SPJ judges selected 85 honorees from more than 1,600 submissions. Entries included selections from television and radio broadcasts, newspapers, online news outlets and magazines.

Dating back to 1932, the Sigma Delta Chi awards originally honored six individuals for contributions to journalism.

The current program began in 1939, when the Society granted the first Distinguished Service Awards. The honors later became the Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

Sigma Delta Chi award winners will be honored at an awards banquet in June at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The Center for Public Integrity congratulates all of the winners.

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