2019 Local Climate Change Reporting finalists

National Scholastic Press Association 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.

All finalists will be recognized and the winners announced for the first time in a Saturday afternoon awards ceremony at the National High School Journalism Convention, Nov. 21-24, 2019, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

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.

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Madison Huggins, Anusha Mathur
The aftermath: The school community reacts to the destruction of the Woolsey wildfire and the environmental factors that contributed
Harvard-Westlake Chronicle
Harvard-Westlake School
Studio City, California

Josephine Rozzelle
California on fire: climate change effects worsen
The Broadview
Convent of the Sacred Heart High School
San Francisco, California

Zachary Khouri
The rising fear over climate change
Scot Scoop
Carlmont High School
Belmont, California

Logan Little
Submerged: No place is immune to climate change — and sea level rise is quickly bringing its effects to Marin
The Tam News
Tamalpais High School
Mill Valley, California

Michael Eng, Lucy Ge, Arya Maheshwari, Varsha Rammohan
The Green New Deal
Harker Aquila
The Harker School
San Jose, California

Lottie Gidal
Running out of water
The Little Hawk
Iowa City High School
Iowa City, Iowa

Lila Tulp
Midwest in distress: climate change is dramatically affecting the midwestern agriculture and will ultimately lead to long-term effects on the economy
The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas

Akansha Singh
Climate change: The plight inflicting worldwide damage, requiring worldwide attention
The Sidekick
Coppell High School
Coppell, Texas

Wendy Gao
Climate change closer to home
Oakton Outlook
Oakton High School
Vienna, Virginia

Aarti Malhotra
Acute pollen season raises concerns about health, environment
The Woodstocker
Woodstock School
Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India