The Marshall Challenge, the Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit that covers the U.S. prison justice system, is worked up to announce the rent of its first-ever Senior Editor, Storytelling.
Raghuram Vadarevu will oversee and execute the strategic imaginative and prescient for The Marshall Challenge’s storytelling initiatives to assist the group attain a spread of audiences who want the data our investigations uncover, together with incarcerated folks and their households and communities going through literacy challenges.
Vadarevu joins The Marshall Challenge from The Related Press, the place he served as Digital Editor, International Enterprise/Investigations. He led a workforce of visible and graphic journalists that produced digital displays, animated explainers, movies and illustrations for the group’s most bold, impactful tales, together with the Pulitzer Prize-winning protection of Yemen’s civil battle.
Whereas on the AP, Vadarevu and his workforce additionally obtained the 2021 prize for excellence in COVID-19 protection from the Dart Middle for Journalism & Trauma, for a collection exploring the lives of those that died from the coronavirus. The “Lives Misplaced” undertaking featured audio remembrances from kinfolk and associates of those that died, giving them a chance to talk of their family members at a time when the pandemic restricted public memorials.
In earlier roles on the AP, Vadarevu served as an enterprise/investigations editor within the western U.S.. He guided an award-winning investigation into staffing irregularities at a privately run Idaho state jail, which led to a state takeover of the power and an FBI probe. He additionally labored as a reporter on the St. Petersburg Instances, The Bergen Report and the Windfall Journal.
“Raghu’s digital storytelling experience will likely be an essential asset to The Marshall Challenge,” stated Susan Chira, editor-in-chief of The Marshall Challenge. “By telling tales in nontraditional methods, we are able to broaden our attain to extra folks affected by the problems that we cowl, and likewise interact instantly with communities who could not have entry to the web, or know little or no about how the prison justice system works.”
As The Marshall Challenge’s Senior Editor, Storytelling, Vadarevu will work with a variety of companions on authentic initiatives, in addition to Inside Story, our video collection aimed toward folks behind bars. He will even assist us deepen our dedication to group engagement journalism and reimagine ongoing investigative tales with different types of storytelling in shut collaboration with our product, viewers, expertise and multimedia groups.
“I am excited to collaborate with the artistic minds at The Marshall Challenge to sort out one among journalism’s most pressing challenges: to search out distinctive methods — whether or not on screens or in analog, retro codecs — to succeed in those that don’t usually devour the information however would profit from fact-based, accountability reporting,” Vadarevu stated.
Vadarevu relies in Phoenix, Arizona, the place he enjoys spending time along with his spouse, daughter, 4-year-old Lab combine, drawing, climbing, and following from afar his beloved New York Mets. He formally joins The Marshall Challenge August 29, and might be discovered on Twitter at @raghuwrites.