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Losing Ground collaboration with ProPublica honored by Scripps Howard, Society for News Design

The Scripps Howard Foundation has named The Lens and ProPublica finalists for the Edward J. Meeman Award for Environmental Reporting for our Losing Ground collaboration.

The top award went to the San Jose Mercury News for “California’s Historic Drought,” which examined the state’s historic dry spell. A full list of award winners is available on the Scripps Howard website.

In February, Losing Ground won a gold medal in feature coverage in the Society for News Design’s Best of Digital Design competition.

The Lens’ environmental reporter Bob Marshall worked with ProPublica’s Al Shaw and Brian Jacobs throughout 2014 to produce the groundbreaking, interactive examination of Louisiana’s eroding coast. The project employed explanatory journalism, maps and satellite imagery dating back to 1922 to show the effects of levees, canals, climate change and oil and gas exploration.

It was ProPublica’s single-most read story of 2014, garnering hundreds of thousands of page views.

In the second installment, Louisiana’s Moon Shot, The Lens and ProPublica detailed the state’s ambitious plan to rebuild the coast, employing aerial imagery to show areas that had gained land.

“That map does things we haven’t seen before. It’s an amazing project,” a Society for News Design judge said of the project. “It’s an amazing resource.”

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