Some of you may be asking WHY this award, why has the LAPC decided to undertake it and why now:
First of all, we chose the name "Veritas" for the Latin word for truth - or more correctly for the elusive Roman goddess known for her beauty and purity. As journalists, our job is to find the truth following the path to her wherever it may lead and to delivering to our readers and audience whatever her form may be - even when she is ugly or painful.
As we all know today there is less and less money allocated to investigative, in-depth reporting and there is an ever-increasing corporate pressure to deliver the cheapest form of "surface news." And so we must celebrate the quiet, unglamorous heroes who toil away — very often in oblivion, bringing to light the stories that reveal corruption or injustice or criminality and, sometimes, even human accomplishments and triumphs.