logo-150x150Powering A Nation, based in Chapel Hill, N.C., is a student-led news team in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina. Their mission is to investigate the political, economic and scientific tensions behind U.S. energy through advanced reporting  and to engage citizens and inspire informed decision-making. In past years, the team has been honored with several prestigious awards including World Press Photo, Grantham Prize for Environmental Journalism and South by Southwest Interactive Awards.

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Powering a Nation Awards, 2009-present

National Emmy Award,  2013 Finalist nomineefor News and Documentary: New Approaches, “100 Gallons” by the 2012 Powering a Nation team.

Best Documentary, 2013 Ivy Film Festival, REACT to FILM Award, “A Beautiful Waste” by Jon Kasbe, part of “100 Gallons” by the 2012 Powering a Nation team.

Champion (Student), 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Awards (national interactive media festival started in 1987), “Coal: A Love Story,” http://sxsw.com/interactive/awards/winners.

Award of Special Merit, 2012 Grantham Prize for Environmental Journalism (prize awarded annually to nonfiction work produced in the U.S. or Canada; started in 2005), “Coal: A Love Story,” http://www.granthamprize.org/awards-of-special-merit/2012aosm.

Shortlisted (Documentary), 2012 Vimeo Awards (celebrates the best original videos online), “Born Into Coal,” http://vimeo.com/awards/shortlist/documentary.

Staff Pick, 2012 Vimeo Awards (celebrates the best original videos online), “Born Into Coal,” http://vimeo.com/awards/shortlist/documentary.

Best in Category (School/University Website), 2011 Horizon Interactive Awards (international professional competition started in 2002; receives about 1,000 entries/year; recognizes excellence in interactive media production), “Coal: A Love Story,” https://www.horizoninteractiveawards.com/winners/details/coal-a-love-story.
Gold (Short Film/Entertainment), 2011 Horizon Interactive Awards, (international professional competition started in 2002; receives about 1,000 entries/year; recognizes excellence in interactive media production), “Born Into Coal,” https://www.horizoninteractiveawards.com/winners/details/born-into-coal.

Silver (Student Work), 2011 Society for News Design (SND)’s Best Digital News Design, (international competition honoring projects in overall design, data, breaking news, mobile and tablet; receives about 500 entries), “Coal: A Love Story,” http://ssnd.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/award-winners/.

Third Place (Issue Reporting Multimedia Story), 2011 Pictures of the Year International (POYi), (international competition for photojournalism started in 1944; the oldest photojournalism program in the world), “Born Into Coal,” http://www.poyi.org/69/21/03.php.

Gold (Large Group Media Project), College Photographer of the Year 2011 (CPOY), (international photojournalism competition started in 1945; receives entries from over 600 student photographers/year), “Coal: A Love Story,” http://www.cpoy.org/index.php?s=WinningImages&yr=66&c=240#1.0.

Award of Excellence (Individual Multimedia Story or Essay), College Photographer of the Year 2011 (CPOY), (international photojournalism competition started in 1945; receives entries from over 600 student photographers/year), “Born Into Coal.”

Gold (Multimedia Project), College Photographer of the Year 2011 (CPOY), (international photojournalism competition started in 1945; receives entries from over 600 student photographers/year), “Born Into Coal,” http://www.cpoy.org/index.php?c=242&s=WinningImages&yr=66.

Best of the Web, LA Times Photography Blog, (a roundup of photography, video and multimedia from around the world wide web), “Coal: A Love Story,” http://framework.latimes.com/2011/07/29/best-of-the-web-48/.

First Place (Digital Storytelling), Society for News Design (SND) “Make an Impression” Design Awards, (international competition honoring projects in overall design, data, breaking news, mobile and tablet; receives about 500 entries), “Powering a Nation.”

First Place (Standalone Multimedia), Society for News Design (SND) “Make an Impression” Design Awards, (international competition honoring projects in overall design, data, breaking news, mobile and tablet; receives about 500 entries), “Coal & You.”

Second Place (Standalone Multimedia), Society for News Design (SND) “Make an Impression” Design Awards, (international competition honoring projects in overall design, data, breaking news, mobile and tablet; receives about 500 entries), “Coal: A Love Story (Introduction).”

Third Place (Standalone Multimedia), Society for News Design (SND) “Make an Impression” Design Awards, (international competition honoring projects in overall design, data, breaking news, mobile and tablet; receives about 500 entries), “From Coal Towns to Ghost Towns.”

Third Place (Standalone Multimedia), Society for News Design (SND) “Make an Impression” Design Awards, (international competition honoring projects in overall design, data, breaking news, mobile and tablet; receives about 500 entries), “World of Coal.”

Silver (Student Film/Video), 32nd Annual Telly Awards, (international competition honoring videos and films, web commercials, and TV commercials and programs; receives over 10,000 entries/year), “Spilling Over,” https://www.tellyawards.com/winners/list.

Second Place (Interactive Multimedia Production), World Press Photo 2011, (international photography competition started in 1955; prizewinning photographs are assembled into a global traveling exhibition), “Powering a Nation,” http://www.worldpressphoto.org/multimediacontest.

Gold (School/University Website), 2010 Horizon Interactive Awards, (international professional competition started in 2002; receives about 1,000 entries/year; recognizes excellence in interactive media production), “Powering a Nation,” https://www.horizoninteractiveawards.com/winners/details/powering-a-nation.

Best in Category (Short Film/Entertainment), 2010 Horizon Interactive Awards, (international professional competition started in 2002; receives about 1,000 entries/year; recognizes excellence in interactive media production), “Spilling Over,” https://www.horizoninteractiveawards.com/winners/details/spilling-over.

Gold (Large Group Multimedia Project), College Photographer of the Year 2010 (CPOY), (international photojournalism competition started in 1945; receives entries from over 600 student photographers/year), “Powering a Nation,” http://www.cpoy.org/index.php?s=WinningImages&yr=65&c=224.

Gold (Multimedia Project), College Photographer of the Year 2010 (CPOY), (international photojournalism competition started in 1945; receives entries from over 600 student photographers/year), “Spilling Over,” http://www.cpoy.org/index.php?s=WinnersList&yr=65.

Silver (Multimedia Project), College Photographer of the Year 2010 (CPOY), (international photojournalism competition started in 1945; receives entries from over 600 student photographers/year), “Power Play,” http://www.cpoy.org/index.php?s=WinnersList&yr=65.

Award of Excellence (Multimedia Project), College Photographer of the Year 2010 (CPOY), (international photojournalism competition started in 1945; receives entries from over 600 student photographers/year), “Splitting Main Street,” http://www.cpoy.org/index.php?s=WinnersList&yr=65.

Most Innovative Alternative News Stories of 2010, Business Insider – The Wire, (Business Insider selected 18 stories this year), “Powering a Nation,” http://www.businessinsider.com/alternative-storytelling-of-2010-2010-12#news-21-powering-a-nation-16.

First Place (Video), 2010 National Press Photographers Association, (competition honoring still and TV photojournalism, picture editing, and web editing), “Spilling Over.”

First Place (Outstanding Student Reporting), Society of Environmental Journalists 2010 Awards for Reporting on the Environment, (international competition honoring environmental journalism started in 2002), “Mining the Mountains” and “Debating Coal’s Future,” http://www.sej.org/initiatives/winners-sej-9th-annual-awards#Student.

Overall Best Use of the Web Award, NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism 2010, (competition honoring still and TV photojournalism, picture editing, and web editing), “Powering a Nation.”

First Place (News or Feature Multimedia Package), NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism 2010, (competition honoring still and TV photojournalism, picture editing, and web editing), “Powering a Nation.”

Second Place (Documentary Video), NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism 2010, (competition honoring still and TV photojournalism, picture editing, and web editing), “Mining the Mountains.”

Second Place (Feature Video), NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism 2010, (competition honoring still and TV photojournalism, picture editing, and web editing), “Roping the Wind.”

Award of Excellence (Documentary Project of the Year), 67th Pictures of the year International (POYi), (international competition for photojournalism started in 1944; the oldest photojournalism program in the world), “Powering a Nation,” http://www.poyi.org/67/67winnerslist.html.

Award of Excellence (Issue Reporting – Multimedia), 67th Pictures of the year International (POYi), (international competition for photojournalism started in 1944; the oldest photojournalism program in the world), “Mining the Mountains,” http://www.poyi.org/67/67winnerslist.html.

Gold (Large Group Multimedia Project), College Photographer of the Year 2009 (CPOY), (international photojournalism competition started in 1945; receives entries from over 600 student photographers/year), “Powering a Nation.”

Gold (Individual Multimedia Story or Essay), College Photographer of the Year 2009 (CPOY), (international photojournalism competition started in 1945; receives entries from over 600 student photographers/year), “Roping the Wind,” http://www.cpoy.org/index.php?c=195&s=WinningImages&yr=64.

Bronze (Multimedia Project), College Photographer of the Year 2009 (CPOY), (international photojournalism competition started in 1945; receives entries from over 600 student photographers/year), “Battle for the Mountains.”

First Place (Team Video), NPPA’s 2009 Multimedia Contest, (competition honoring still and TV photojournalism, picture editing, and web editing), “Debating Coal’s Future,” https://www.nppa.org/gallery/24314.

Second Place (Team Video), NPPA’s August 2009 Multimedia Contest, (competition honoring still and TV photojournalism, picture editing, and web editing), “Battle for the Mountains.”

Second Place (Multimedia Project), NPPA’s 2009 Multimedia Contest, (competition honoring still and TV photojournalism, picture editing, and web editing), “Battle for the Mountains.”

First Place (Individual Video), NPPA’s September 2009 Multimedia Contest, (competition honoring still and TV photojournalism, picture editing, and web editing), “Roping the Wind.”

First Place (Team Video), NPPA’s September 2009 Multimedia Contest, (competition honoring still and TV photojournalism, picture editing, and web editing), “Down the Lines.”

Second Place (Team Video), NPPA’s September 2009 Multimedia Contest, (competition honoring still and TV photojournalism, picture editing, and web editing), “Moving to Higher Ground.”

Third Place (Team Video), NPPA’s September 2009 Multimedia Contest, (competition honoring still and TV photojournalism, picture editing, and web editing), “Voices of Roscoe.”

First Place (Team Video), NPPA’s September 2009 Multimedia Contest, (competition honoring still and TV photojournalism, picture editing, and web editing), “Religion Rejuvenates Environmentalism.”

Quarterly Winners, Society for News Design Best of Multimedia Quarterly, (international competition honoring projects in high-quality visual journalism), “Powering a Nation,” “Roping the Wind,” “Climate Refugees,” “Down the Lines,” “Energy Portraits,” “The High-Energy Diet,” and “Reclaiming Creation.”

Best Independent Online Student Publication, Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards (SPJ), (national competition honoring the best in student journalism started in 1972), “Powering a Nation.”

Mark of Excellence Awards, Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards (SPJ), (national competition honoring the best in student journalism started in 1972), “Debating Coal’s Power,” “Down the Lines,” “Reclaiming Creation,” “Roping the Wind.”

First Place (Best Overall College News Web Site), Student Society for News Design (SSND), (student affiliate of the Society for News Design recognizing the best design work done by students at campus publications or during internships), “Powering a Nation.”

First Place (Best Display for Multimedia), Student Society for News Design (SSND), (student affiliate of the Society for News Design recognizing the best design work done by students at campus publications or during internships), “Powering a Nation.”

First Place (Best Interactive or Animated Graphic), Student Society for News Design (SSND), (student affiliate of the Society for News Design recognizing the best design work done by students at campus publications or during internships), “Powering a Nation.”

First Place (Best One-subject Standalone Mini-site), Student Society for News Design (SSND), (student affiliate of the Society for News Design recognizing the best design work done by students at campus publications or during internships), “Debating Coal’s Future.”

Honorable Mention (Best One-subject Standalone Mini-site), Student Society for News Design (SSND), (student affiliate of the Society for News Design recognizing the best design work done by students at campus publications or during internships), “Roping the Wind,” “Climate Refugees,” “Down the Lines,” “Energy Portraits,” “The High-Energy Diet,” “Reclaiming Creation,” “Battle for the Mountains,” and “The Power in Plants.”