Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism & Communication (SGJC) awarded the 2020 Vernon Jarrett Medal for Journalistic Excellence to Errin Haines, of The 19th, and Adam Serwer, of The Atlantic.
“This year we received an exceptional response to our request for submissions that focused on the impact of the coronavirus on African Americans, a group whose health care disparities have been exacerbated by the pandemic,” said SGJC Dean DeWayne Wickham. “The judges were so impressed with the quality of these submissions that they decided to award not one, but two medals this year.”
Serwer was recognized for his May 8, 2020 article, “The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying.”
The 19th co-founder and editor-at-large Haines is being awarded for her profile series, “Portraits of a Pandemic,” which documents Black women in Philadelphia.