Yale Environment 360 Video Wins A National Magazine Award

Yale Environment 360 has won the award for best video in the 2010 National Magazine Awards for Digital Media for an original report that it produced and posted on the site about mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia.

The video, “Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy of Mountaintop Removal Mining,” was one of five finalists in the video category that included National Geographic and The New York Times Style Magazine. Directed by Chad Stevens and produced by Yale Environment 360 and the multimedia company, Media Storm, the 20-minute video depicts the enormous environmental and human costs of mountaintop removal mining. The practice, which involves blasting the tops off mountains to get at the coal seams below, has destroyed or severely damaged more than a million acres of Appalachian forest, buried nearly 2,000 miles of streams in mining debris, contaminated water supplies, and driven some local residents from their homes.

After receiving the award at a ceremony in New York, Yale Environment 360 editor Roger Cohn said, “We are extremely proud of this award and I hope it helps shed even more light on the issue of mountaintop removal mining and its effects on the people and environment of Appalachia.”

Yale Environment 360, an online magazine launched in June 2008, was one of just six online-only magazines to receive a nomination as a finalist for this year’s National Magazine Awards, which are regarded as the most prestigious awards in magazine publishing. This is the first year that the American Society of Magazine Editors has sponsored National Magazine Awards for digital journalism. “Leveling Appalachia” was the first video produced by Yale Environment 360.

Published at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale Environment 360 features reporting, commentary, and analysis on global environmental issues. It has been recognized for digital and editorial excellence, including winning a 2009 Online Journalism Award for Best Specialty Site Journalism.

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