The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has announced that “Numbers Game” will receive the 2017 NABJ Gannett Foundation Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism. “Numbers Game” is an installment of FUSION TV’s signature documentary series “The Naked Truth.”
The NABJ Gannett Foundation Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism recognizes groundbreaking journalists in their quest to help communities understand and address important issues through creativity and the use of digital tools.
“The Naked Truth: Numbers Game” examined the inadequate and outdated collection of crime statistics and how this practice skews policing and public policy. FUSION’s Ryan Nerz uncovered the reality behind the numbers. The network’s award-winning investigative team wrangled raw FBI data to develop key insights into policing in the U.S. Plus, learning how gaming the numbers can lead to further inequality, discrimination, and in some cases, neglect. Stats may not be sexy, but this data affects how people live their lives every single day, especially if you’re black in America.
“The Naked Truth” launched in January 2016 and in its first year has been recognized with a number of prestigious journalism awards including: Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award (“Death by Fentanyl”), RFK Journalism Award (“Rigged”), George Polk Award (Panama Papers), National Press Club Award (“Death by Fentanyl”), and Scripps Howard Award (“The Naked Truth: ISIS Fighters”), among others. The team was also recognized for its contributions to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers investigation and was nominated for a 2017 News and Documentary Emmy Award for its report “The Naked Truth: Trumpland.”
Adweek has called “The Naked Truth” an “Investigative Journalism Franchise for the Daily Show Generation.”