Associated Collegiate Press has announced its finalists for the 2019 Local Climate Change Reporting competition.
In partnership with the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, this new ACP Individual Award category has been established to encourage localized climate change reporting by collegiate media.
First- through fifth-place winners will receive plaques, and five honorable mention winners will receive certificates.
Cash prizes are provided by the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. The first-place winner will receive $500, the second-place winner $300, and the third-place winner $200.
“Climate change used to be seen as a future problem. The reporting done by these student journalists brings to life what the climate scientists have been telling us — that climate change is already affecting people in communities across America,” Edward Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communication, said.
“The quality of their climate reporting strongly suggests that this rising cohort of professional journalists is well prepared to help U.S. news outlets take local climate reporting to the next level,” he said.
Finalists are shown below in alphabetical order by state.
Micah Bledsoe, Keerthi Vedantam
Arizona State University
Officials testify on climate change’s outsized effect on Indian Country
Eric He, Diana Kruzman, Allen Pham, Kate Sequeira, Katherine Wiles
University of Southern California
Speck of green: Environmental degradation looms as the 21st century’s biggest challenge. But is USC doing enough?
California Polytechnic State University
Cal Poly adapts to climate change, national report announces impacts
Climate refugees: Who they are and why you should care
Sweetening the climate change deal: New York maple producers are adopting innovative technologies and environmentally sustainable techniques
The Daily Tar Heel
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The smell of money’: Florence adds to environmental concerns over hog farming
Elon News Network
Elon’s invisible world: Campus plays host to a diverse community of wildlife, if you just know where to look
Portland State University
Stand up for climate justice: Climate change continues to impact marginalized communities
University of South Dakota
Global climate change impacts South Dakota communities
Nikole Chumley, Matthew Conrardy, Lexi Phillips, Bailee Wicks
Central Washington University
Opening the conversation on climate change: Harsh realities, sustainability and you