On July 13, the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) announced the recipients of its 2012 Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment. In the category of “Outstanding Beat Reporting, Small Market,” Sandra Hausman, the Charlottesville bureau chief for Virginia Tech’s WVTF-Radio IQ public radio stations, won second place for a series of pieces on topics ranging from hydraulic fracturing to biosolids. In the category of “Outstanding Feature Story,” first place went to the article “India’s Vanishing Vultures,” by Meera Subramanian in the Spring 2011 issue of Virginia Quarterly Review, published by the University of Virginia.
The full list of award winners and descriptions of their accomplishments (with links to the award-winning pieces) is available at http://www.sej.org/initiatives/winners-sej-11th-annual-awards-reporting-environment.
According to its Web site (http://www.sej.org/), SEJ is a North American membership association of professional journalists dedicated to more and better coverage of environment-related issues, with a “mission…to strengthen the quality, reach and viability of journalism across all media to advance public understanding of environmental issues.”