Reese News Lab students win $3,500 grant for environmental reporting

Oct 02 2014

From left, winners Zhai Yun Tan, Georgia Ditmore,  Alsey Davidson, and adviser Sara Peach.

From left, winners Zhai Yun Tan, Georgia Ditmore, Alsey Davidson, and adviser Sara Peach.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Three Reese News Lab students have been awarded a $3,500 grant from the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Fund for Environmental Journalism. The grant will cover travel expenses for students traveling in the Southeast to tell stories about energy.

The students’ stories will appear on Powering A Nation, a student-driven multimedia site that has covered energy and environmental issues since 2009.

The Reese News Lab team has been working since January 2014 to brainstorm and research new business models for Powering a Nation. The team is leading an expansion of the project from summer-only to a year-round endeavor.

The student team members include Georgia Ditmore, Zhai Yun Tan (Nat), and Alsey Davidson. An additional team member, Dustin Peaire, graduated in May 2014. They are advised by Reese News Lab Associate Director Sara Peach and Executive Director John Clark.

“There are significant environmental challenges in the Southeast,” Peach said. “It’s really important for people covering the environmental to get out in the field and see the issues for themselves, and this grant will allow students to do that.”

View previous Powering a Nation projects.

The team is seeking additional funding and partnership opportunities.

The Reese News Lab is an experimental media and research project based at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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