Yancey County News, freelancers win Payne ethics awards

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