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Alex Ip, ’24, is nabbing honors before he graduates. In addition to being a GPSW student, Alex is also the founder and editor-in-chief of The Xylom, a Gen-Z-led newsroom that focuses on communities that influence and are shaped by science. Alex was recently named a finalist for the Good Trouble Honors, which recognizes leaders who take risks and create positive disruptions to bolster social and economic well-being in Atlanta, Georgia. Alex was a finalist for the Transparency Award, which is given to individuals or organizations that make information understandable and accessible to local communities.

The Xylom is scooping up accolades as well. The publication was a finalist for the 2023 Anthem Awards, which honor work that makes a substantial social impact, in the Sustainability, Environment, and Climate category. The Xylom and Alex are also being praised by journalists. The publication recently got a shout-out in The New York Times for their coverage of false claims made by the City of Atlanta about the environmental impact of a new training center for law enforcement, and in Science Friday and NiemanLab in stories about the future of science journalism.

The recognition is much deserved. Congratulations Alex and to everyone at The Xylom.