Sasan Investigation Wins SEJ Honorable Mention

Columbia University's Energy & Environment Project's reporting on US Export Import Bank's financing, including my coverage of the Sasan coal plant in India, won an honorable mention for the Society Of Environmental Journalists  2016-17 awards in the category of Outstanding Explanatory Reporting. 

SEJ's journalism contest is the world's largest and most comprehensive awards for journalism on environmental topics.



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Living On Earth : Podcast on Guardian Series


The federal Export-Import Bank finances overseas projects to help sell American goods. The bank gave coal, gas and oil projects nearly $34 billion worth of loans and guarantees during President Obama’s tenure. Investigative reporter Susanne Rust talks about the Columbia team's investigation.

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Google News Lab Fellow 2016

Meet Our 2016 American and Australian Google News Lab Fellows

Earlier this month, we were thrilled to welcome the American and Australian winners of our inaugural Google News Lab Fellowship class to Google HQ in Mountain View.

In the fall of 2015, we launched the Google News Lab Fellowship — in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Australia — to offer students interested in journalism and technology the opportunity to work with some of the most prestigious media organizations in the world.

In the U.S. alone, more than 1800 candidates applied to the Fellowship. After a rigorous application process, 8 US fellows were hand-picked by their host organizations.

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Digital Media Innovator for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

The Rio 2016 Paralympics will be the setting for a groundbreaking programme in which images captured by some of the world’s best sports photographers will be made freely available across social media platforms.

The joint initiative between the Olympic Information Service (OIS) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will spread the colour, passion and excitement of the Paralympic Games throughout the globe.

The OIS is a professional sports information service established under Olympic Agenda 2020 to support and cover the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and Youth Olympic Games.

The OIS photo Team will provide a unique professional sports photographic experience at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Behind the lenses are four multi-award winning Sports Illustrated photographers in Bob Martin, Simon Bruty, Al Tielemans, and Tom Lovelock (see biographies following).

The objective of the OIS photo service will be to provide extraordinary, dynamic, artistic and unique photographic coverage of the Para athletes and Paralympic Games under the majestic backdrop of Rio de Janeiro.

All photos will be made available via a custom website (which will go live 1 September 2016) with curated sets also be published on the IPC official website.

Facebook will be used as the primary publishing platform, with the images also published on Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and Flipboard.


Sonali Prasad, Digital Media Innovator


Sonali Prasad, from Delhi, India is a hybrid mix of technology and storytelling, with degrees in Computer Science and Journalism. She recently graduated from Columbia Journalism School in New York with a master's degree, finishing second in her class with Honours. For her academic excellence and news judgment she was awarded the top honour of the school, the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship for 2016. In February this year Sonali was also chosen as one of the eight Google News Lab Fellows in America and is spending the US summer understanding data and digital innovation in newsrooms across the world. She is also working on an ambitiously funded, collaborative project comprising of Columbia Journalists and Stanford Engineers to report on a year-long storyline on coral reef health metrics using image processing sensors.

Sonali was part of the inaugural batch of IOC Young Reporters (Class of 2010) and has been tightly knitted to the Olympic Movement ever since. She covered the London 2012 Olympic Games with the Press Association, and also covered the Paralympic Games and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. In 2012 she was selected as the youngest ever member of the IOC Press Commission.

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Magic Grant 2016 : People

Re(ef)source (2016-17)


Re(ef)source will distribute cameras designed to capture fluorescence and multispectral images to scuba divers in Florid in order to mine data from images of coral that can help us gauge the health of reefs in the area. This innovative idea combines new imaging modalities, crowd sourced data collection and analysis in a new way that will provide a model for participatory storytelling and citizen journalism in environmental reporting. Environmental reporting typically relies on scientific and government reports. The team will add a new dimension to climate change stories by empowering journalists to deploy their own sensors and tools to collect data directly from the environment, enabling a new type of environmental interview. Instead of relying on experts, they are turning the environment itself into a source.

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Young reporters to be part of London 2012 team

Three young reporters from across the world have been chosen to be part of the media team for the London 2012 Olympics.

Sonali Prasad from Delhi will undertake a six-week internship at London 2012 host news agency, the Press Association, where she will be part of the editorial team reporting on the Games.

In addition, Alan Harris from Barbados and May Chen from Singapore will be joining the London Organising Committee of the Games, working as part of the LOCOG press operations team across print, broadcast, and digital media

The trio were selected by the International Olympics Committee as part of its Young Reporters Programme.

As part of the selection process, candidates had to interview London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe.

He commented: “It is with great pleasure that we invite Alan and May to join our team in 2012. I hope this opportunity gives them a springboard to outstanding careers in the field of reporting and photography.”

Tony Watson, managing director of Press Association added: “London 2012 promises to be an exceptionally exciting time for the UK, and our editorial team will be right at the heart of the action, delivering first-class editorial as it happens.

“By joining us, Sonali will not only learn the Press Association’s fast, fair and accurate ethos, but she will gain a remarkable insight into this extraordinary event.”

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