Nets ‘Long Agony of Racism’ Journalism Award



New Haven’s Hard Work Team Yale Alumni Magazine won a national award last week for “The Long Agony of Racism,” a set of story covers exploring the issues raised by the police murder of George Floyd, released a month after his death.

The award was presented last week at the annual Folio: New York Gala, a national magazine publishing event. YAM Editor-in-chief Kathrin Day Lassila also won a columnist award at the event.

Here’s a release from YAM with details on the rewards:

The Yale Alumni Magazine received two awards of excellence on October 14, 2021 at the Folio: gala in New York. “The Long Agony of Racism”, the July / August 2020 cover, won for Essays and Criticism; and “New to the World”, on children’s books, won the Chronicle / Blog category. (Both categories belonged to the “association / non-profit” division.)

Folio’s Annual Awards Night: Brings together magazine editors from many different fields to celebrate “engaging content and exceptional design”.

The winning feature film, “The Long Agony of Racism” (, was released in July / August 2020 Yale Alumni Magazine shortly after the brutal death of George Floyd. Three Yale professors wrote the essays: “A Devastating and Ruinous Story” by Larry Gladney, “Rewriting the End” by Emily Greenwood (now at Princeton) and “Race relations at this perilous moment” by Gerald Jaynes. “The painful cycle of national mourning around the spectacle of the black body subjected to torture and death is a cycle we can and must break,” Greenwood wrote. “We can rewrite this ending.”

The winning column, “New to the World” (, was written by Yale Alumni Magazine Editor-in-chief Kathrin Day Lassila after a chat with children’s book scholar and historian Leonard Marcus. “Children are so new to the world that very little of what happens to them feels familiar, or particularly safe,” he said, “and a story, by its nature, has a form that reinforces meaning. order and clarity of life. Lassila concluded, “We can all use order and clarity in life. Support your fellow human beings. And read good books.

In addition, “Yale vs COVID”, an illustration guided by the Yale Alumni MagazineArtistic Director Jeanine Dunn for the July / August 2020 issue was a finalist in the Feature Design category. “A Strength of Steel and Quiet,” Lassila’s tribute to academic Deborah Rhode in the March / April 2021 issue, was a finalist in the Chronicle / Blog category.



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