Boston Globe names top journalists as new Spotlight Fellows


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The Boston Globe on Thursday announced that it will partner with the Portland Press Herald in Maine for next year’s Spotlight Fellowship, joining forces to produce a multipart investigative report that will be published by both media companies’ websites and newspapers.

Penelope Overton, who covers the lobster industry, will be the lead reporter for the Press Herald, but the project may involve other journalists from both newsrooms, including photographers, designers, and editors.

The Globe has also selected Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sarah Ryley of New York to work with the Spotlight Team as a Spotlight Fellow.

“We had an extraordinary group of applicants this year, but these two stood out,” said Scott Allen, the Globe’s assistant managing editor for projects and one of the judges who selected the fellows. “Penny brings a wealth of experience and a powerful instinct for finding the real story, while Sarah is one of the most capable young investigative journalists in the country.”

The Spotlight Fellowship, entering its sixth year, is funded by Participant, co-producer of Spotlight, the Academy Award-winning movie about the Globe’s famed Spotlight Team. The movie tells the story of the team’s best-known investigation, exposing the coverup of the sexual molestation of thousands of children by bishops and cardinals in the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.

“The work that past Spotlight Fellows have done — and that this year’s Fellows will certainly do — has been critically important to holding powerful institutions and individuals to account,” said David Linde, CEO of Participant. “We’re so proud to stand alongside these journalists in their mission to right wrongs, and speak truth to power.”

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