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28
Sep

Undark.org Series Finalist for the Online Journalism Awards

A woman crosses plywood bridge over a canal running with tannery waste in Hazaribagh.

A quick word of heartfelt thanks to Undark Magazine, the non-profit digital science magazine published by the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, for their continuing support of our work.  We were flattered and a bit surprised to learn recently that Wear & Tear, our four-part series on pollution in the leather and textiles industries published earlier this year in Undark Magazine and produced with funding from the Pulitzer Center, has been named a feature finalist in the small newsroom category by the Online Journalism Awards. The OJA winners will be announced Oct. 7, but just being published in Undark Magazine under the guidance of editor Tom Zeller felt like winning to us.

A few words about the series from the OJA website:

“Driven by Larry’s astounding, unsettling photography (he is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner), and augmented by Debbie’s scrupulous reporting and keen eye for narrative detail, the series moves from the unregulated squalor of Hazaribagh to the former leather-processing hubs of Upstate New York; from the noxious banks of the Citarum River, in the heart of Indonesia’s textile industry, to the resurgent high-tech fabric mills of North Carolina.

What emerges is a compelling, clear-eyed portrait of globalization, whose push-and-pull politics too often pits the safety and health of local communities against the need for jobs and the imperatives of sensible government oversight. . . . Through thoughtful reporting, deft prose, and dozens of photographs that are by turns chilling, enlightening, heartrending, and hopeful, Debbie and Larry Price bring new resonance to a truism of environmental reporting: It doesn’t have to be this way.”

To read more, CLICK HERE.