Last December, the nonprofit powerhouse newsroom ProPublica published a short animated documentary that chronicled the excruciating hours two Marines spent waiting for help after a nighttime training exercise went awry 15,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Earlier this week, the team behind the video, including 3D animator and GPSW alum MacGregor Campbell, ’09, scooped up a Malofiej Award for the piece.
Sponsored by the Society of News Design, the Malofiej Awards honor the best infographics in media from around the world. ProPublica nabbed six awards this year, including a Silver Medal for Adrift: How the Marine Corps Failed Squadron 242. Using a combination of an on-camera interview, 3D animation, 2D illustration, and atmospheric footage, Adrift reconstructs moments leading up to the crash, the crash itself, and the botched search-and-rescue effort that followed.