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InsideClimate News Wins Pulitizer: Small Org Nabs Big Prize

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In a year when big news outlets like the New York Times cut their environmental beat and their Green blog, it’s nice to see that smaller organizations can be recognized for their contribution. Case in point: Three reporters, Elizabeth McGowan, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer, of InsideClimate News nabbed a Pulitzer for their national news reporting.  The organization released this statement:

The trio took top honors in the category for their work on "The Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of," a project that began with a seven-month investigation into the million-gallon spill of Canadian tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River in 2010. It broadened into an examination of national pipeline safety issues, and how unprepared the nation is for the impending flood of imports of a more corrosive and more dangerous form of oil.

InsideClimate News is only the third online organization to win and it’s also as small nonprofit.

Their reporting on the Kalamazoo tar sands spill should be required reading — it gets more and more relevant everyday — the Arkansas spill is just another unfortunate reminder of that. You can read the work as an ebook. They also have excellent coverage of the situation in Arkansas and I’d highly recommend the work they published, “ Clean Break” by Osha Gray Davidson, on how Germany is spurring a renewable energy revolution and what we can learn from it. 

Kudos to great reporting, an organization that invests in in-depth environmental investigations, and the many readers who support independent journalism.

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