A pair of freelance journalists, formerly with the Salt Lake Tribune, and a weekly newspaper in rural North Carolina have been chosen winners of the 13th annual Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism.

Matthew LaPlante and Rick Egan wrote an expose┬┤on the ritual killing of children in Ethopia. The story was ultimately published by CNN.

The Yancey County News has been selected for establishing itself as a check on corrupt local law enforcement in Burnsville, North Carolina.

Among the judges were Scott Carney, investigative journalist and Wired contributing editor, and Alicia C. Shepard, a former National Public Radio ombudsman.

The awards are presented annually each year by the University of Oregon.