New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute has named three recipients of its 2017 Reporting Award: May Jeong, a magazine writer who has covered the war in Afghanistan; Ashley Powers, a freelance magazine journalist who has written about anti-government extremists; and Doug Bock Clark, a freelance writer who has investigated the illicit social media influence industry.
The award, established in 2009, supports a work of journalism in any medium on significant underreported subjects in the public interest.
Stephen D. Solomon, associate director of the Institute, notes that today’s news climate, coupled with extensive budget and personnel cuts throughout the journalism industry, only amplify the need to back enterprise journalism.
“This year’s Reporting Award recipients have a distinguished track record of the type of journalism that is both vital and endangered,” observes Solomon. “All three will take an in-depth examination of matters too often overlooked in the daily news cycle.”
May Jeong is an award-winning magazine writer and investigative journalist based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Her work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, the Intercept, and Harper’s, among others, and her long-form pieces have been translated into several languages. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the One World Media New Voice Award and in 2016 for the Kurt Schork Award for her reporting on Afghanistan. May was a finalist for the Canadian National Magazine Award in the Best New Magazine Writer category for her 2012 Toronto Life investigation, which exposed a gang rape scandal in an immigrant community in Toronto.
Her work has also been supported by the United Nations Foundation, the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Award, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Jeong, who will receive a stipend of $9,000, will spend her time as a winner of the award reporting on how Sri Lanka is contending with the country’s legacy of civil war.
Ashley Powers is a freelance magazine journalist who lives in Washington, D.C. She often writes about people who, by choice or by chance, have ended up on the outskirts of society. As a contributing writer for the California Sunday Magazine, she’s written long-form features about anti-government extremists in Las Vegas, a community run by followers of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, and a 36-day manhunt for a mentally unstable loner in California redwood country.