Newsdesk.org has received the Society of Professional Journalists Award for Excellence in Journalism for our multimedia series, “The Bay Area Toxic Tour: West Oakland.” This is a national award given by the SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, which this year received over 1,300 entries from some of the biggest names in the business.
Hats off to the incredible Newsdesk.org team of reporter Kwan Booth, legendary photographer/multimedia-guy Kim Komenich, and editor Josh Wilson. Special thanks to all those who donated to this project which was crowd-funded via Spot.us. The awards ceremony is coming up in Las Vegas in October, where we will join other recipients, such as the Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Associated Press and ProPublica.
The goal of The Toxic Tour is to document the impacts of pollution on communities. This award is exciting not just because it recognizes our existing work. It also advances the cause of developing Toxic Tour reporting projects in other communities around the Bay Area and around the nation.
Check out the “Bay Area Toxic Tour: West Oakland,” to get a sense of what a monster this story is. We’ve barely scratched the surface, but are grateful for this award acknowledging our work.
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