Announcement from Climate and Environment Editor Zachary Goldfarb and Climate and Environment Deputy Editor Juliet Eilperin:
We are excited to announce that The Post has won a silver medal in the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards in Science Reporting-Large Outlet for Hidden Beneath the Surface, an immersive exploration of how humanity has shaped Earth’s ancient climate over hundreds of years — told through a single body of water. The award goes to a multidisciplinary team: climate reporter Sarah Kaplan, climate graphics reporter Simon Ducroquet, photographer Bonnie Jo Mount and designers Emily Wright and Frank Hulley-Jones.
The story makes rich use of interactive graphics, photography, video and cutting-edge design in describing how scientists have zeroed in on Canada’s Crawford Lake as the “golden spike” defining the start of a new geological chapter dubbed the Anthropocene. Judges said it “exemplified the best uses of multimedia in science journalism. The beautiful graphics and interactive design enable us to scroll through the depths of Crawford Lake to understand its history.”
This piece is the first installment in an ongoing Post series, Unearthing the Future, which explores how clues from Earth’s past can help humanity confront modern climate change. A team of editors, including Monica Ulmanu, Katie Zezima, Joe Moore, Amanda Voisard and John Farrell, have led the project.
AAAS Science Journalism Awards rank as one of the top prizes in science journalism. This is Sarah Kaplan’s second AAAS Kavli award. In 2020, she won Silver for The Storm Inside, the heart-wrenching story an early COVID-19 victim who became an important case study for doctors battling the virus.
Please join us in congratulating Sarah, Simon, Bonnie Jo, Emily and Frank.