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Charleston Reporter Wins Investigative Award

Diette Courrege spoke to a USC journalism class about investigative reporting after being presented the award. Diette Courrege spoke to a USC journalism class about investigative reporting after being presented the award.

by Lauren Cohen

Posted 10:44 AM April 7, 2010

Charleston Post and Courier reporter Diette Courrege is the winner of this years Taylor-Tomlin Award for Investigative Journalism presented by the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The award recognizes journalists in South Caroling whose work benefits their community. Courrege's award-winning series is called "Failing Our Students." It investigated the fact some students in South Carolina's Low Country still did not know how to read after entering high school.

Courrege said she wanted her story to make people realize something needed to be done for these students in Tuesdays award presentation.

"What they're doing no as a result to these stories is kids are actually going to be taught..maybe there will be this cultural shift in Charleston", she says.  "Because if you can't read you can't fill out a job application, you can't get a job. This is so fundamental to what we do,"

Since her story ran she says new programs have been implemented to make sure the schools better serve their students.   Courrege says she plans to continue her work serving the community.

The Taylor-Tomlin Award was created in 2005 by South Carolina businessmen Joe E. Taylor and Donald R. Tomlin Jr. to honor and stimulate the work of investigative journalists in South Carolina.

 

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