The distinction comes in recognition of a two-part series, "Losing innocence: The cost of sexualizing teens," that was published in September 2011. The first article provided an overview of how contemporary culture sexualizes teens, and the second installment examined what parents and teens are doing to fight back against unsavory societal influences.
Collins and Lenz will receive their awards April 27 in Chicago.
The "Losing Innocence" articles deal with the obstacles facing teenage girls, Collins recently co-authored another two-part series with Jamshid Ghazi Askar about the "War on boys." The series highlighted the struggles boys confront while growing up. (Part one: "Losing ground in education, emotional health and jobs"; part two: "Sex, media and violence.")