The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication has announced the winners of the 2012 Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism. They are:
* The Yancey County News in Burnsville, N.C., for its “classic public interest journalism at great personal and economic risk.” Last month, the year-old paper won won the E.W. Scripps Award for “Distinguished Service to the First Amendment” for a series of stories that documented widespread abuses in the use of absentee ballots in Yancey County.
* Freelance journalists Matthew LaPlante and Rick Egan for their efforts to document the ritual killing of “cursed” children in Ethiopia’s South Omo River Valley.
* Winners of 2012 Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism named