SGJC Names Two Recipients As Winners of 2020 Vernon Jarrett Medal for Journalistic Excellence
Errin Haines, Editor at large for The 19th, and Adam Serwer, of The Atlantic, to be Awarded for Outstanding Reporting on the Impact of the Coronavirus on Black Life in America
BALTIMORE — Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism & Communication (SGJC) announced it will award the 2020 Vernon Jarrett Medal for Journalistic Excellence to Errin Haines, of The 19th, and Adam Serwer, of The Atlantic. In addition to an attractive medal, each recipient will receive a $10,000 prize.
One goes to Serwer, a staff writer for The Atlantic. The other goes to Haines, editor-at-large of The 19th, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that reports on the intersection of gender, politics and policy. Serwer, who previously worked for Mother Jones, The Washington Post, MSNBC, Salon and Jack and Jill Politics, is being recognized for his May 8, 2020 article in The Atlantic, titled, “The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until TrumpFound Out Who Was Dying.”
The second medal goes to Haines, a co-founder of The 19th, who is being cited for a series of profiles (“Portraits of a Pandemic“) she wrote between April and June 2020 about Black women in Philadelphia who grappled with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Before joining The 19th, Haines was a national writer on race and ethnicity for The Associated Press. She also worked for The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Orlando Sentinel.
This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic and the continuing need to adhere to the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the medal will be presented virtually on Thursday, Nov. 12. The Vernon Jarrett Medal ceremony begins at 11:30. The waiting room opens to all guests/attendees at 11:15 a.m. ET. You may join the event at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84518868862?pwd=d2VFRUtjZU5HYTBxT3BIb0hhdThGZz09