POY RJI | Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Category: Online Storytelling Project of the Year


Noelle Crombie, Kale Williams, Beth Nakamura, Dave Killen, Margaret Haberman, Mark Friesen and Teresa Mahoney / The Oregonian/OregonLive
“No Mercy”


Jessica Koscielniak / Fort Worth Star-Telegram and McClatchy Studios
“Titletown, TX: All We Got”


Craig Whitlock, Julie Vitkovskaya and Nick Kirkpatrick / The Washington Post
“The Afghanistan Papers: A secret history of the war”


Ilvy Njiokiktjien / Freelance
“Born Free: Living with the legacy of inequality”


Alex Kotlowitz, Maggie Bowman, Stacy Robinson, Carroll Bogert, Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg, Risé Sanders-Weir, Illinois Humanities, Kim Bellware, Brendan Brown, Ingrid Roettgen, Melissa Sterne, Kathleen Chee, Matt Taylor, Seth Bomse, Oral Berat User, Scott Morgan, Edwin Diaz, Brendan Hubbard, Martin Stebbing, Resita Cox, Alexandra Epstein, Mago Torres, Pat Nabong, McKinleigh Lair, Mitch Dietz, Ingrid Roettgen, Edwin Perez Osuna, Sara Kragnessi, Matt Taylor, Drew Weir, Peter Jaszi, Robert Labate, Ruth Baldwin, Jenny Carchman, Tatiana Craine, Alex Tatusian, Katie Park and Gabriel Isman / The Marshall Project
“We Are Witnesses: Chicago”

Finalist: Ilvy Njiokiktjien / Freelance


“Born Free: Living with the legacy of inequality”

Forty-six years.

That's how long racial segregation was official policy in South Africa. Apartheid ended in 1994, when the country elected Nelson Mandela as its first black president. A new constitution gave all South Africans equal rights, but Mandela knew the wounds left by apartheid would live on into the 21st century. To speed their healing, he focused his presidency on reconciliation and hope for the future.

Twenty-five years have since passed. The children born right after apartheid ended are now young adults: the born-free generation for whom racial segregation is – at least officially — a thing of the past. It falls to these young South Africans to make Mandela’s dream of a rainbow nation come true.

Born Free