The Post has been honored with a silver medal in the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards for its piece “Hidden Beneath the Surface.” This immersive exploration of how humanity has influenced Earth’s ancient climate over centuries, using a single body of water to tell the story, was praised by judges for its multimedia components.
The team behind this award-winning work includes climate reporter Sarah Kaplan, climate graphics reporter Simon Ducroquet, photographer Bonnie Jo Mount, and designers Emily Wright and Frank Hulley-Jones.
“Hidden Beneath the Surface” utilizes interactive graphics, photography, video, and cutting-edge design to illustrate how scientists have identified Canada’s Crawford Lake as the “golden spike” defining the start of a new geological chapter called the Anthropocene. Judges commended the piece for its use of multimedia in science journalism. The beautiful graphics and interactive design allow readers to scroll through Crawford Lake’s history and better understand its significance.
This story serves as the first installment in The Post’s ongoing series Unearthing the Future. This project aims to explore how evidence from Earth’s past can assist in addressing modern climate change challenges. A dedicated team of editors led by Monica Ulmanu, Katie Zezima, Joe Moore, Amanda Voisard, and John Farrell has been working on this project.
The AAAS Science Journalism Awards are among the top honors in science journalism. Receiving recognition for “Hidden Beneath the Surface” is an impressive achievement for our team members: Sarah Kaplan won Silver in 2020 for her story “The Storm Inside,” which was a poignant account of an early COVID-19 victim who became a crucial case study for doctors treating the virus. We congratulate Sarah, Simon, Bonnie Jo Mount, Emily Wright