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PublicSource wins international journalism award for general excellence

PublicSource won first place for general excellence in the micro newsroom category in the annual competition honoring best work in digital journalism by the Online News Association (ONA). South China Morning Post received the award in the large newsroom category, San Francisco Chronicle for medium newsrooms and The Marshall Project for small newsrooms. Each newsroom will receive a $5,000 prize thanks to SmartNews. 

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, winners were announced virtually on Friday during ONA20 Everywhere, a global journalism innovation festival. According to ONA, more than 1,800 attendees from 40 countries joined the ONA’s first fully virtual conference that took place Oct. 1-16. Finalists and winners of ONA awards across 19 different categories represent “high-quality works that push innovation in the field, while engaging audiences with key information to ensure their well-being and survival.”

PublicSource has been previously nominated twice for the general excellence award. 

While PublicSource does not measure its impact in awards, we recognize the importance of celebrating the work of journalists and partners who have been working with PublicSource.

Six budding college-age journalists have joined PublicSource’s fall class of interns

PublicSource is thrilled to announce our Fall 2020 intern class. These six budding journalists will contribute to reporting, fact-checking, research and engaging with you — our audience — through the end of the year. They are the next generation of journalists, and we’re excited to share with them our brand of public-service journalism. Each intern will be paired with a mentor on the PublicSource staff who will help them identify their interests and strengths, so that by the end of their internships, they feel it’s been a fulfilling experience that has moved their careers forward. We received a record number of applications (72!) for the paid internship positions and thank everyone who chose to apply.

Some University of Pittsburgh's students, faculty and alumni are upset that it accepted $4.2 million in funding from the Charles Koch Foundation for a new center to study politics, markets and technology.

Higher-ed reporting gets a boost in Pittsburgh as part of partnership between PublicSource and Open Campus

Pittsburgh’s nonprofit newsroom PublicSource and the national Open Campus network are partnering to ensure a watchful eye remains on higher education in Southwestern Pennsylvania when it matters the most. The coronavirus pandemic is derailing students’ education plans, imperiling their health, safety and employment prospects. The uncertainties created by the pandemic have also put pressure on higher-ed institutions, from how students and employees return to campus to how colleges and universities respond to their fluctuating finances. At the same time, the region will be looking to its colleges to help it recover. As new challenges arise, PublicSource and Open Campus recognize the Pittsburgh region needs a dedicated higher-ed reporter.

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PublicSource nabs 3 nominations for 2020 international online journalism awards

PublicSource, a nonprofit newsroom serving the Pittsburgh region, has been named as a finalist for general excellence, cross-newsroom collaboration and explanatory reporting in the 2020 Online News Association awards. The prestigious awards honor excellence in online journalism worldwide. PublicSource is a finalist for General Excellence in Online Journalism in the micro newsrooms category (newsrooms fewer than 15 people) along with El Paso Matters, Idaho Education News and Voice of San Diego.  

Two PublicSource projects were also named finalists in separate categories. 

The Good River project, launched in November 2019 as a regional collaboration, was named a finalist for the Excellence in Collaboration and Partnerships Award. The Good River project was led by PublicSource and produced in partnership with six other nonprofit newsrooms: 100 Days in Appalachia, The Allegheny Front, Belt Magazine, Environmental Health News, Eye on Ohio and Louisville Public Media. Journalists in seven nonprofit newsrooms – spanning five of the 15 Ohio River watershed states — worked for 10 months to produce nonpartisan, engaging and stunning journalism on the watershed.

PublicSource wins awards for 2019 reporting and thanks storytellers and the community for their trust

PublicSource has been honored with six state, regional and national awards for coverage in 2019. From toxic chemicals in the environment to first-person perspectives on mental health and a deep look at what it means to live on low wages in Western Pennsylvania, these awards honor excellent reporting of stories often left untold. 

While PublicSource does not measure its impact in awards, we believe it’s important to recognize the work of journalists and express gratitude to the people who trusted PublicSource with their stories. 

Below are the highlights: 
Good River: Stories of the Ohio
PublicSource visuals producer Ryan Loew, Allegheny Front managing editor/reporter Julie Grant and Pittsburgh-based freelance photographer Njaimeh Njie were honored for their work in the Good River: Stories of the Ohio project. They received first place for environmental reporting in the Society of Professional Journalists’ [SPJ] Keystone State Chapter Spotlight Contest. A judge wrote that, “this entry’s multiple stories were impeccably reported, meticulously researched, crafted with precision and great storytelling effects. What a remarkable collection of stories centered around pollution on the Ohio River.”

Good River project team members also won first place for best environmental reporting in the Cincinnati SPJ awards for excellence in journalism.