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Intelligence Report Wins Prestigious Investigative Award

By Mark Potok on December 19, 2007 - 10:17 am, Posted in Intelligence Report

We’re pleased as punch to report that we just learned that the Intelligence Report — the quarterly magazine published by the Southern Poverty Law Center and written by the authors of this blog — has won an important award. The Utne Intelligence ReportReader, which aggregates and reprints selected articles from some 1,300 publications around the country, gave the Report its award for best U.S. periodical in the “In-Depth/Investigative Reporting” category of its 2007 Utne Independent Press Awards. Publications cannot apply for the Utne Awards — Utne’s editors make the selections completely on their own initiative. This was not the first award for the Intelligence Report. The magazine has won two Society of Professional Journalists awards — for Non-Deadline Reporting in 2003, and for Investigative Reporting in 2005. In 1999, shortly after converting to color, it won the Society of Publication Designers’ award for Best Redesign.

Here’s what Utne Reader had to say about us:

In a time when media reflection on the country’s race issues comes down to parsing the latest celebrity gaffe, Intelligence Report reminds us that organized, violent racism — often written-off as a troubling relic of a bygone era — endures. Published by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the venerable Montgomery, Alabama-based civil rights organization, the magazine tracks extremist movements and their ideological ripples throughout society. In the Spring 2007 issue, for instance, it was reported that the number of hate groups in the United States has swelled along with the nation’s rising tide of populist anti-immigration sentiments, climbing 40 percent to 844 in a six-year period (2000 to 2006). The Winter 2006 cover story took aim at Latino gangs targeting African Americans in Los Angeles. In Fall 2007, the magazine exposed the “Watchmen on the Walls,” a virulent anti-gay group fomenting hatred among fellow Slavic immigrants in Sacramento. Managing their wide-ranging mission by carrying on the fine but increasingly rare tradition of old-school investigative journalism, the writers and editors weed through mountains of paper, work the phones, hit the pavement, and connect the dots.

  • http://none Debbie Scott

    Why are Latino gangs who commit hate crimes against blacks ever listed as hate groups? Half or more of them are illegal and we are natural born citizens.
    If they were not here , they could not beat us but that’s another issue. It makes it seem as though you are politically motivated to defend illegal immigration.

  • http://fitnessfortheoccasion.wordpress.com Dan (Fitness)

    Well done!

  • Western Man

    Alright!!!! Way to go SPLC!!!
    The people who work for this organization most definately deserve something for their hard work and their efforts did pay off. Keep it coming and never let the enemies of Freedom get away with hate crimes.

  • Paganmama

    Congrats. You more than deserve this award and many more.

    I’m always amazed (although I shouldn’t be) by the fact that hardly any of the issues I read about the Report and other SPLC publications make it into mainstream news publications or programming.

    I always tell people if they want to find out the REAL state of race relations in this country they need to check out splcenter.org.