TCU student receives prestigious IRE Award for “Voting Wars” investigation

Elizabeth Campbell is one of 31 Carnegie-Knight News21 fellows to win an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award for the student reporting project Voting Wars.

Voting Wars expands on a 2012 voting rights project, Who Can Vote?, and includes interviews with hundreds of people to determine voter access and participation in the 2016 presidential election. According to IRE judges, the project “outpaced professional publications to show erosions in voter rights and scant evidence of voter fraud in states that had changed their voting requirements since 2012.”

Since its release, portions of the Voting Wars investigation have been featured in more than 80 media outlets, including NBC News and The Washington Post.

Campbell, a senior honors student majoring in both journalism and political science, has an impressive professional portfolio, which includes stints with TCU student media publications, News21 and an internship at CBS News’ Face the Nation. Additionally, she was the first-place winner in a copy editing contest hosted by the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association in 2015. Campbell is a recipient of the Phil Record Endowed Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, Stan and Christine Smith Wilson Scholarship in Broadcast Journalism and the Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Scholarship, and is one of three students in the Department of Journalism to be accepted as a News21 fellow since 2014.

News21 is a national initiative of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation designed to train a new generation of journalists. Its fellows comprise journalism students who are nominated by a participating university’s program dean or director each year for their quality of storytelling and reporting skills, investigative reporting skills, commitment to journalism as a career and ability to work in a collaborative environment.