“Targeted” individual journalism wins the Taylor Award: who wants to apply for the Gary Webb Award for Excellence in gang stalking journalism?

The series “Targeted,” by the Tampa Bay Times chronicled the targeted individual program run by Chris Nocco, a corrupt county sheriff.

Pasco County parents and teachers are calling for changes to a secretive Sheriff’s Office program that uses student data to profile schoolchildren as potential future criminals, with some demanding the practice be stopped

Then, it began winning awards for fairness, and truth in journalism.

From Harvard University`s Nieman Foundation, a story of “the best of gang stalking journalism:”

Cambridge, Mass. – “Targeted,” an in-depth investigation by the Tampa Bay Times into a police program that for years monitored, intimidated and harassed families in Pasco County Florida, is winner of the 2020 Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Journalism.

The reporting by Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi revealed that ten years ago, the Sheriff’s Office in Pasco County, Florida, created a secretive data-driven system ostensibly designed to proactively combat crime. The algorithm instead was used to try to predict which residents might break the law. During the last five years, the sheriff’s department used that information to target nearly 1,000 people and assigned deputies to repeatedly show up at their homes, often without probable cause, a warrant or evidence of a crime.

The Gary Webb Award for Excellence in Gang Stalking Journalism is still open for submissions, if any enterprising journalist is interested.

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