Ethanol production and food shortages, energy and climate, energy and politics, asbestos and toxic trailers, land use/abuse were among the topics explored in the best environmental journalism of 2007-2008, according to judges in the seventh annual contest sponsored by the Society of Environmental Journalists.
Thirty-three entries in 11 categories — including the new Rachel Carson Environment Book Award — have been designated as finalists in the SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment, the world's largest and most comprehensive awards for journalism on environmental topics.
Reporters, editors and journalism educators who served as contest judges pored over 234 entries to choose the finalists representing the best environmental reporting in print and on television, radio, the Internet and in student publications. This year, the judges also chose the best environmental journalism book of 2007.
SEJ will announce the winners October 15 at a gala ceremony in the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center on the first day of SEJ's 18th Annual Conference. The Rachel Carson Environment Book Award winner will receive $10,000 and a trophy. Each of the other winning entries will receive $1,000 and a trophy.
This year's SEJ finalists,
listed alphabetically by category and principal reporter, are:
Award For Outstanding Investigative
BusinessWeek, "Greenwashing Coverage"
Little Green Lies
How "Green" is That Water?
Another Inconvenient Truth
Fiona Harvey, Stephen Fidler, Chris Bryant, Jonathan Wheatley, John Aglionby
The Financial Times, "The Green Gold Rush"
Industry Caught in Carbon 'Smokescreen'
Beware the Carbon Offsetting Cowboys
Offsetting Business Seen as a 'Booming Industry'
CarbonVoucher Has No Contracts In Place
Large Variations in Price of Carbon Dioxide
Financial Gains Raise Questions Over Voluntary Trading
Defra in Storm Over EU Carbon Scheme
Vision of Carbon Rewards Could Prove a Mirage
Producers, Traders Reap Credits Windfall
Seeing the Offsetting Wood From the Trees
Jeff Pillets, John Brennan, Richard Whitby, Tim Nostrand
The Record of Bergen County, NJ, "Meadowlands for Sale"
Your Tax Dollars Fund Encap Golf Venture
Top Aides OK'd Risky EnCap Deal
More Polluted Than Ever
How EnCap Pair Played Winning Hand
Beat Reporting, Print
Outstanding Beat/In-Depth Reporting, Radio
Outstanding Beat/In-Depth Reporting, Television
Center for Investigative Reporting
Vince Patton, Todd Sonflieth, Nick Fisher, Michael Bendixen
Oregon Public Broadcasting, "Oregon Field Guide"
Dan Rather, Wayne Nelson, Chandra Simon, Resa Matthews, Elyse Kaftan
"Dan Rather Reports: Toxic Trailers" (Available for sale only.)
Outstanding Explanatory Reporting, Print
The Boston Globe,
The 45th Parallel: Warming Where We Live
Dennis Dimick, Tim Appenzeller, James Balog, Paul Nicklen, Bill McKibben, Joel Bourne, Robert Clark, Jamie Shreeve, Glenn Oeland, Lynn Addison, Kathy Moran, Laura Lakeway, Neil Shea, Karen Lange, Bill Marr, Elaine Bradley, Abby Tipton, Alice Jones, Mary Jennings, Emily Krieger, Juan Velasco.
National Geographic, "Changing Planet: Where Energy and Climate Collide"
June 2007 The Big Thaw, By Tim Appenzeller, Photos by James Balog
June 2007 Vanishing Sea Ice: Life at the Edge, Text and Photos by Paul Nicklen
October 2007 Confronting Carbon: Carbon's New Math, By Bill McKibben
October 2007 Confronting Carbon: How to Cut Emissions
October 2007 Biofuels: Green Dreams, By Joel Bourne, Photos by Robert Clark
October 2007 Biofuels Compared Interactive
October 2007 Map Supplement: Earth's Changing Climate
The Last Empire: Can the World Survive China's Headlong Rush to Emulate the American Way of Life?
Outstanding Online Reporting
Michael P. Burnham
Greenwire, "Everglades: Farms, Fuels and the Future of America's Wetland"
Part 1: Energy by the Acre
Part 2: The Next Frontier
Part 3: Great Expectations: Exotic Reed's Role in Bioenergy Plan Raises Questions in Florida
Alex Knott, Richard Mullins, Joaquin Sapien, Kevin Bogardus, Anupama Narayanswamy, Ben Welsh, Diane Brozek Fancher, Helena Bengtsson, Peter Newbatt Smith, Leah Rush
The Center for Public Integrity
Wasting Away: Superfund's Toxic Legacy
Ethanol in Minnesota
Outstanding Small Market Reporting, Print
Outstanding Story, Radio
Outstanding Story, Television
Christopher Bauer, Shirley Gutierrez, Josh Rosen, Sheraz Sadiq, Paul Rogers
KQED San Francisco
Quest: Condors vs. Lead Bullets
Mined to Death
Arctic Ice Melt for the North Pole
Outstanding Student Reporting
Murky Waters (The Big Muddy)
Lessons in Leniency
The Venice of New York (Tainted Lavender: Apathy and Dreams along the Gowanus Canal)
SEJ'S Rachel Carson Environment Book Award
The Society of Environmental Journalists is an association of more than 1,400 journalists, educators and students. SEJ is run by journalists and for journalists. Its mission is to advance public understanding of environmental issues by improving the quality, accuracy and visibility of environmental reporting.
SEJ offers unique educational programs and services for working journalists, educators and students, including annual and regional conferences; daily EJToday news service; quarterly SEJournal; biweekly TipSheet and other publications; SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment; members-only listservs; mentoring program; website-based resources; and a lively membership network of journalists and academics.
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