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Sun staff honored for coverage of Baltimore unrest, series on high school students who recently immigrated

The Baltimore Sun has been recognized again for coverage of the 2015 unrest following the death of Freddie Gray, as well as for a series following students at Patterson High School who recently immigrated to Baltimore.

On Friday, The Sun staff received the first-place National Headliner Award for spot news in the daily newspaper category for "Baltimore Riots and the Freddie Gray case."

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The Sun also won second place for a news series in daily newspapers with daily circulation over 100,000 for "Unsettled Journeys," articles that followed three student who recently immigrated to Baltimore. Sun reporter Liz Bowie and photographer Amy Davis spent months with the students and their families and used translators when needed to understand their experiences.

The journalism organization Investigative Reporters & Editors also honored The Sun's Gray coverage this week, citing the investigations triggered by the breaking news. And last month, The Sun's coverage earned the American Society of News Editors' breaking-news writing award and the community service photojournalism award.

Other organizations also have recognized The Sun's coverage of the Gray unrest, including the Society for News Design for both print and online coverage, the White House News Photographers Association and the Online News Association.

In 2015, The Sun also received the first-place National Headliner Award for spot news for coverage of a shooting at The Mall in Columbia.

Founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City, the National Headliner Awards program is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry.

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