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Student wins journalism award for Pulitzer-supported story

Aug 6, 2019
by Jayda Barnes, '20

Jared Olson, ’20, won second place for Best Feature Story in the student category of the Society of Professional Journalists Florida 2019 Sunshine State Awards. His story, titled “The Displaced Campesinos of Nicolas Ruiz,” was supported by the Pulitzer Center and published in Flagler’s student newspaper, The Gargoyle.

Jared Olson on top of rock with mountains behind him.

The Society of Professional Journalists aims to encourage free press by supporting journalists fighting for truth, like Olson. In 2018, Olson was chosen as a Pulitzer Center Student Fellow. He spent his summer in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, observing the Zapatistas, a former guerilla group advocating against Indigenous repression. To read more about the project, visit here.

Olson’s award-winning feature, published Aug. 2018, described the struggle of the small village of Nicolas Ruiz as the villagers sought justice for the crimes which displaced them. You can read it on the Pulitzer Center website here.

This award is the third Olson has won for his Pulitzer project. Coming second to WUFT News, the University of Florida’s PBS affiliate for Gainesville, Olson continues to hold his own in the world of journalism as he writes impactful stories of truth and hardship.

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