Climate Change Features Included As Finalists for $75,000 Grantham Prize

The four finalists announced as remaining candidates for the 2008 $75,000 Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment include three entries dealing primarily with global climate change.

One of the four entries is to be selected for the $75,000 Grantham Prize, administered by the University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting. (See editor’s note.) The other three entrants stand to win $5,000 Awards of Special Merit.

Listed alphabetically on the Metcalf release by story title, the four finalists are:

  • “The Big Thaw – Arctic in Peril,” an in-depth probe of climate change impacts published by Canada’s two largest newspapers, the Edmonton Journal and the Toronto Star;
  • The New York Times‘ 10-part series, “Choking on Growth,” about China’s environmental challenges and how they are affecting the global environment;
  • National Public Radio’s year-long “Climate Connection” series on how people are changing the climate and how climate change is affecting people; and
  • The Daytona Beach News-Journal‘s seven-part in-depth series “National Treasures – Are We Losing Our Way?” on consequences of commercial and development pressures in northeastern Florida.

An independent panel of five jurors evaluated the entries and selected the finalists. The jurors were: Chair Philip Meyer, Professor, Knight Chair in Journalism at the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication; David Boardman, Executive Editor of The Seattle Times; Peter Desbarats, veteran print and television journalist and former Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of Western Ontario; Diane Hawkins-Cox, Senior Producer for CNN-Atlanta; and Robert B. Semple, Jr., Associate Editor of the Editorial Page for The New York Times. Semple recused himself from consideration of his newspaper’s entry.

The single winner of the $75,000 Grantham Prize, believed to be the largest journalism cash award in the world, is to be announced on June 23, with the winner and the three Special Merit recipients formally celebrated at a September 8, 2008, seminar at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Editor’s Note: The editor of The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media works closely with the Grantham Prize Jurors as Contest Administrator for the Grantham Prize. In addition, The Grantham Foundation for Protection of the Environment has made a sizeable gift to the Yale Project on Climate Change specifically to support The Yale Forum.

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