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Two College Fix alumni nominated for top journalism prize

‘Dao Prize-winning journalism stands out for accuracy and courage,’ according to Young America’s Foundation

WASHINGTON — Katelynn Richardson and Jackson Richman, both alumni of The College Fix, earned nominee nods for an inaugural reporting prize awarded last week by Young America’s Foundation’s National Journalism Center and the Dao Feng and Angela Foundation.

Nominee Katelynn Richardson, Supreme Court reporter at the Daily Caller News Foundation, told The College Fix she was grateful to have been nominated for the Dao Prize in Investigative Journalism “alongside many more seasoned reporters.”

“I love the job that I get to do every day and this just makes me more excited to continue,” Richardson said.

“The story I submitted was on ProPublica’s top donors also funding many of the organizations that have called for Justice Clarence Thomas to resign or be investigated in light of the outlet’s reporting on his alleged ethics violations,” she said, in reference to her June 20 piece for The Daily Caller. “I’m proud of how the story turned out and the information it brought to light.”

Richardson (pictured, left) graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A Summer 2022 College Fix fellow, she worked at the Washington Examiner. Her work has also appeared in The Federalist, The Center Square, Human Events, and The Wall Street Journal’s Future View.

The 2023 nominations and award winners were announced at a Nov. 1 black tie event hosted by the National Journalism Center at the National Press Club.

First prize of $100,000 was awarded to Matt Taibbi (pictured, right), Bari Weiss, and Michael Shellenberger for The Twitter Files, published as a series of scoops by The Free Press.

Aaron Sibarium of The Washington Free Beacon and Andrew Kerr and Joseph Simonson, also of The Free Beacon, were named as finalists.

Fellow nominee Jackson Richman, Washington correspondent at Epoch Times, wrote for The Fix through the fall of 2017. He received a nomination nod for his Aug. 25 Epoch Times story, “State Department Includes DEI Requirement in Order to Be Employed, Promoted.”

Richman (pictured, left) has worked as a writer at Mediaite and as Washington correspondent for Jewish News Syndicate. A graduate of George Washington University, his work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the Daily Caller, the Washington Examiner, The Daily Signal, The Huffington Post, The Forward, Tablet magazine, and New Voices magazine.

The National Journalism Center, a project of Young America’s Foundation, has trained truth-seeking journalists since 1977, according to YAF’s website.

With funding from the Dao Feng and Angela Foundation and launched in with NJC, “the Dao Prize is an annual award founded to recognize excellence in investigative journalism,” according to YAF. “Dao Prize-winning journalism stands out for accuracy and courage.”

The Dao Prize was judged by an independent prize committee, whose members cast secret ballots after a round of debate and discussion.

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