The Times-Picayune and The Advocate have been honored with a prestigious award from the Society of Environmental Journalists for the newspaper’s series “Polluter’s Paradise,” published last year with the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica.
The series won the SEJ’s Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting for a large newsroom, the top division in the contest, the SEJ announced Thursday. The journalists who shared in the honor include Tristan Baurick, Gordon Russell, Mark Schleifstein and Sara Sneath of The Times-Picayune and The Advocate; Joan Meiners, formerly of The Times-Picayune and The Advocate and now working for The Spectrum in St. George, Utah; and Claire Perlman, Al Shaw and Lylla Younes of ProPublica.
The project was a product of ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network, in which the nonprofit newsroom partners with and steers grant money to local media organizations around the country to pursue investigative projects. Local news organizations must submit proposals to win grants; The Times-Picayune and The Advocate were part of the network in 2018 and 2019.