Times journalists win top prizes in national Scripps Howard contest

Three Seattle Times journalists won first place awards today in the national Scripps Howard contest.

Reporter Craig Welch and photographer Steve Ringman won the Edward J. Meeman Award for Environmental Reporting for their series of stories examining the impact of ocean acidification around the Pacific Ocean. The series, called “Sea Change,’’ explained how the lesser-known twin of climate change could affect everything from the food we eat to the Northwest’s economy to the future viability of sea life. (…)

In selecting Sea Change for the environmental award, the judges said: “Using videos, graphics, beautiful layouts, clear writing and compelling reporting, the series made plain what will happen on a broader scale if mankind does not act to avert the worst … The combination of a variety of media showed that global warming will have an impact on everything from a child’s fish stick dinner to the beauty of the ocean we love. This is an important series that will have an impact on all who view or read it, whether they are ordinary citizens or policy makers.”(…)Kathy Best, editor of the Times, said the newsroom was thrilled by the national recognition. “But what makes this particularly gratifying,’’ she noted, “is the fact that all of the winning work exhibited our newsroom’s ability to accurately and powerfully reflect issues of importance to the Pacific Northwest.’’ (…)

The Scripps Howard national awards contest began in 1953. Each winner receives a $10,000 prize. The competition is open to news organizations based in the U.S. and recognizes outstanding print, broadcast and online journalism in 15 categories. Two additional categories honor college journalism and mass communication educators for excellence in administration and teaching.

The winners this year will receive a total of $180,000 and trophies. The prizes will be awarded in May in Cincinnati, home to the foundation and its corporate founder, the E.W. Scripps Company.

Nick Provenza, The Seattle Times blog, 17 March 2014. Article.

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