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Apr 18, 2013

Gritty Journalism

Oil rich sand of the oil sand region of CanadaThis week the scrappy blog InsideClimate News won the 2012-2013 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for its coverage of the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill, “the biggest oil spill you’ve never heard of.” Its investigation into the 100 million gallon spill of dirty, sticky Canadian tar sands oil broadened into “an examination of national pipeline safety issues, and how unprepared the nation is for impending floods of imports of a more corrosive and dangerous form of oil.” 

The New York Times’ Andrew Revkin offers up an online chat with publisher David Sassoon, editor Susan White and reporter Lisa Song.

InsideClimate News is only the third online news organization to win a Pulitzer (the others being ProPublica -- which has won two -- and the Huffington Post). The non-profit, non-partisan ICN paints its mission thusly: “Climate and energy are defining issues of our time, yet most media outlets are now hard-pressed to devote sufficient resources to environmental and investigative reporting,” and it would be more than happy to accept your donation to keep the fires of environmental journalism burning.

Image of oil-rich Canadian sand by iStock/AdShooter.

HS_ReedMcManusReed McManus is a senior editor at Sierra. He has worked on the magazine since Ronald Reagan’s second term. For inspiration, he turns to cartoonist R. Crumb’s Mr. Natural, who famously noted: “Twas ever thus.”

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