Ferguson wasn’t the first news story fraught with racial overtones and it won’t be the last. White cop shoots black man, the story that erupted from Ferguson last August and picked up steam with similar violence in New York City and Cleveland. "Hands up, don’t shoot" went viral on Twitter.
What happens when a newsroom finds itself in that vortex? What happens when hundreds of reporters from across the country and across the world find their way to your community to cover a story like Ferguson?
The story exploded within 24 hours, putting enormous pressure on local newsrooms including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the dominant regional media.
View the video below about St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor Gilbert Bailon, who will receive the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year award for his leadership of the Ferguson coverage.