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Congratulations to the Undark team for being named one of two finalists in the small newsroom category for the Al Neuhart Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, a prize that showcases investigative stories that break major news that “advance and serve the public interest.” Finalists were selected based on the breadth and depth of reporting as well as user interface and interactive elements, creative use of medium, and evidence of the impact of the work.

Undark is being honored for “Breathtaking,” a multipart series that documents the impact of particulate air pollution in seven countries across the globe. Produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and STAT News, the project leveraged a global network of on-the-ground reporters to explore how air pollution affects ordinary citizens and what actions are being taken (or not taken) to address these issues. Using myriad research and storytelling tools, including real-time data analysis, photography and 360-degree video by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Larry C. Price, animation, and prose, “Breathtaking” has already won the 2018 George Polk Award for Environmental Journalism and the 2019 National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation’s Digital Media Award.

Winners for the Al Neuhart Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award will be announced at the Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet in New Orleans on September 14.