Turnage receives award for young journalists

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 9, 2017

WASHINGTON — Clara Turnage, a reporter for The Natchez Democrat, has won The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2017 David W. Miller Award for Young Journalists. The award is presented annually to the top intern who worked at The Chronicle during the previous year.

The award recognized Ms. Turnage for articles she wrote during her internship with The Chronicle in the summer of 2017.

Turnage is now a reporter at The Natchez Democrat, where she covers education and crime.

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For the award, Turnage was cited her for the diversity of the three articles she had submitted for consideration — article that demonstrated her talent for breaking-news, enterprise and investigative journalism. Committee noted her writing style, marked by vivid language, a strong sense of structure and tempo, and, in one case, a willingness to simply let documents speak for themselves.

One of the articles cited was filed from Charlottesville, Va., after violence broke out  when white supremacists, gathering for a rally, clashed with counterprotesters over plans to remove the statue of a Confederate general. Turnage had traveled to Charlottesville to report for a different article, but she shifted from that story to the one unfolding in the streets.