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Lens and ProPublica win Edward R. Murrow Award for ‘Losing Ground’

Losing Ground,” the groundbreaking examination of coastal loss coastal that we published last year with ProPublica, has received a national Edward R. Murrow Award.

Earlier this year, the project received a regional Murrow.

The awards are given by the Radio Television Digital News Association, which recognizes excellence across the country by radio, television and online news outlets. “Losing Ground” was recognized for its use of audio among small online news organizations.

The project combined explanatory reporting, photography, aerial and satellite imagery showing how the Gulf of Mexico had swallowed much of Southeast Louisiana over the last 80 years, and audio stories from people who had seen the land around them disappear.

A three-person team did most of the work: The Lens’ Bob Marshall reported and wrote the stories and recorded audio. Al Shaw and Brian Jacobs of ProPublica created the web presentation and designed the eye-popping interactive graphics.

In a follow-up story, “Louisiana’s Moon Shot,” The Lens and ProPublica examined the state’s ambitious plan to rebuild the coast. Again, we used aerial imagery to show how land was being created in a few areas.

“Losing Ground” has received several national and international awards:

The project was also a finalist for data visualization of the year from the Global Editors Network and for the multimedia, interactive graphics and animation category of the Deadline Club Awards.

This is the second Murrow award that The Lens has received in four years. The other one was for our text and radio story about one homeowner’s unsuccessful six-year struggle to get back into her Katrina-damaged house.

WVUE-TV received three Murrows today:

  • For its 10 p.m. newscast
  • For “Louisiana Purchased,” its investigation of campaign-finance in Louisiana
  • For “Holding Officials Accountable,” its news series about questionable public spending by elected officials and public employees
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About Steve Myers

Steve Myers is editor of The Lens. Before joining the staff in 2012, Myers was managing editor of Poynter Online, the preeminent source of news and training about the journalism industry. At Poynter, he wrote about emerging media practices such as citizen journalism, nonprofit news sites, real-time reporting via social media, data-oriented news apps, iPhoneography, and the fact-checking movement. Six of his 10 years in newspapers were spent as a local government reporter in Mobile, Ala., where he focused on local government accountability, from jail management to hurricane preparation and response. He can be reached at (504) 298-9750.

  • nickelndime

    Congrats on the national Murrow Award. You all are a great bunch of guys—–and gals! My gawd – my ASP is such a be-got (goes back to his Bible days). He never got over for being blamed for The Garden of Evil – I mean, Eden–Garden of Eden. “The Serpent gave me the damn Apple…” blah blah blah WE’ve heard it a million times….

    Seriously – great work!

    06/24/2015 3:56 PM DST USA