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Environmental Reporting Award Goes to Ocean Shock

The 2019 Nina Mason Pulliam Award for Outstanding Environmental Reporting goes to Reuters' "Ocean Shock" series, by Maurice Tamman, Matthew Green, Mari Saito, Sarah Slobin and Maryanne Murray.

"Ocean Shock" is a deeply reported and stunningly presented look at an underwater crisis of global proportions. Evocative video clips, photos and graphics complement the powerful text, taking readers (and viewers) from the lobster trawlers of Maine to the fish feed factories of Mauritania, the shrimp ponds of Borneo and the streets of Portugal, where the sardines that are central to that nation's cuisine and culture are rapidly vanishing. The series illuminates the deep interconnections between human communities and underwater ecosystems, making clear just how much we have to lose as climate change, overfishing and an unsustainable approach to aquaculture take their toll on the world's oceans.

"We are thrilled to receive the Pulliam Award for the Ocean Shock series and to be recognized by the very journalists most attuned to the issues around climate,” said Mo Tamman. “Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and our series illuminates its impact on oceans and the consequences on fisheries and the people who depend on them. It’s an honor to receive this award, and we’ll continue to tell this important story to the world.”

The Nina Mason Pulliam Award for the "best of the best" environmental reporting awards $10,000 to the winning entry. The prize also includes travel, registration and hotel expenses (up to $2500) for the winner, or representative of the winning team, to attend the Society for Environmental Journalists’ (SEJ) annual conference and be recognized at the awards presentation ceremony Saturday, October 12, 2019 during SEJ's 29th Annual Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The award was named in honor of Nina Mason Pulliam, a journalist, businesswoman and philanthropist, who with her husband, Gene, established Central Newspapers, Inc., a national newspaper corporation, in 1934. Upon her death in 1997, the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust was established to support the causes most important to Pulliam: helping people in need, especially women, children and families; protecting animals and nature; and enriching community life, primarily in her home communities of metropolitan Phoenix and Indianapolis.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Award is sponsored by The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, in association with SEJ.

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